Issa Rae Credits This One Movie She Says Inspired Her to Become a Filmmaker
Wed, April 21, 2021

Issa Rae Credits This One Movie She Says Inspired Her to Become a Filmmaker

Issa Rae reveals the movie that inspired her to become a filmmaker / Photo Credit via buzzfuss via 123RF


Before she decided to become a filmmaker, Issa Rae shared to showbiz website Cheat Sheet that there was a movie that made her truly feel like it was her destiny to be a filmmaker. 

Rae said it was “Love and Basketball” that ultimately made her feel like taking on the film industry and trying her luck. The movie came out in 2000 and starred Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan and featured the story of the two characters trying to balance their love life and their basketball careers. 

Rae talked about how much Lathan’s character inspired her, how her representation felt relatable to her as a black woman and how Lathan’s portrayal of a tomboy-ish girl resonated with her when she was younger. 

She also found the setting of the movie relatable, because it was set in her own hometown of Los Angeles, in the same neighborhood. 

Rae added that she was enamored by the film not only because of its story and its cast, but also because of the black woman who directed the movie. 

“It just felt so grounded,” she said. “It was just a regular love story that wasn’t rooted in any kind of trauma. It wasn’t rooted in any major deceptions.” At that moment, Rae realized that it was the movie that would finally make her decide to be a filmmaker one day.   

Since then, she’d been focused on making her dreams a reality. 

She first directed, produced, and starred in “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” a YouTube offering, and went on to work with HBO on the show “Insecure,” where she plays a “woman dealing with awkward situations she constantly finds herself in.” 

Rae has already won a Peabody award on “Insecure” and is now moving forward to work on another show this year entitled “The Photograph,” set to be released on February 14, 2020 and which will star Lakeith Stanfield alongside Rae.