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Issa Rae Says She Was 'Horrified' Learning More About Ivanka Trump for New Show 'Coastal Elites'

Issa Rae is opening up about preparing for her new role in Coastal Elites.

In the new HBO quarantine comedy, the 35-year-old Insecure actress plays a philanthropist who runs in the same circles Ivanka Trump.

“For me, this is kind of an education because I do tend to try to avoid as much of the Trump family as possible,” Issa said during the virtual CTAM panel promoting the show via The Wrap. “And Ivanka, in particular, I’ve always found fascinating — but not fascinating enough to listen to.”

“So it took a lot to research,” Issa continued. “And the more I found out, the more horrified I was. And a lot of that is expressed through the work. But a testament to [writer] Paul [Rudnick]’s writing. It was just incredible to read and immediately resonated.”

Issa didn’t elaborate on what she found out about Ivanka.

Directed by Jay Roach, Issa stars in the special alongside Bette Midler, Sarah Paulson, Dan Levy, and Kaitlyn Dever.

According to HBO, “Coastal Elites spotlights five distinct and impassioned points-of-view across the United States. When the shutdown forces these characters to cope in isolation, they react with frustration, hilarity and introspection.”

Coastal Elites will debut on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8 pm ET on HBO.

Issa Rae To Star & Produce New Movie 'Sinkhole' With Jordan Peele

Issa Rae has teamed up with Jordan Peele for a brand new movie with Universal Studios.

Deadline reports that the film, called Sinkhole, is a “thought-provoking genre movie that engages with questions of female perfection and identity.”

Based on Leyna Krow‘s short story, the movie will focus on a young family that moves into its dream home despite the gaping sinkhole in the backyard.

The mysterious sinkhole manages to fix broken and destroyed things. However, the story asks, what if that thing is a person?

Issa is also in talks to not only produce alongside Jordan, but star in the movie as well.

If you missed it, Issa scored an amazing eight Emmy Award nominations. You can see the full list here…

Issa Rae Reacts After Donald Trump 'Likes' Tweet About 'Insecure'

Issa Rae is responding to Donald Trump‘s unusual Twitter like.

If you missed it, the President’s account “liked” a tweet about her hit TV show Insecure. “This is how I wanted tonight’s episode of insecure to end…Damn Molly,” @shiningheaux wrote on Twitter, along with a gif from The Color Purple.

Well, Issa seemingly reacted to this tweet by replying to actor Kumail Nanjiani.

Kumail wrote, “Well I found one thing I have in common with him: we’re both big fans of @IssaRae.” See how Issa responded by checking out the embedded tweet below.

If you missed it, before the Black Lives Matter protests, Issa opened up about the need for representation in film.

Dwayne Johnson Teams Up With Dany Garcia & Issa Rae on New HBO Wrestling Series

Dwayne Johnson, Issa Rae and Dany Garcia are teaming up together to produce a new HBO series focused on wrestling.

According to Variety, the project is currently titled TRE CNT (pronounced as TRE COUNT).

The planned show will focus on Cassius Jones, a young dock worker and struggling pro-wrestler, who uses inherited life-insurance money for start-up cash and the deed to a shotgun house from his grandfather to start a hip-hop centric backyard wrestling empire in Houston’s Third Ward (The Tre) with the help of his working-class family, neighbors, and friends.

Dwayne and Dany, along with Hiram Garcia, will executive producer under their Seven Bucks Productions company and Issa, with Montrel McKay, under her Issa Rae Productions.

Issa Rae Hosting Virtual Block Party for 'Insecure' Season Four Premiere

Issa Rae is celebrating the return of Insecure!

The 35-year-old actress is hosting a virtual block party on Sunday night (April 12) to celebrate the season four premiere of her hit HBO comedy series.

Issa has a list of events planned around the premiere, with the night kicking off on her Instagram Live at 8pm ET where she and fellow cast members will be (virtually) answering fan questions.

A live Instagram DJ set with Zaytoven at Insecure‘s official Instagram begins at 10pm ET.

The party moves to Twitter at 10pm ET for a live watch party of the episode, followed by a live Instagram performance by a surprise musical guest 45 minutes later on Insecure‘s Instagram.

“I absolutely love working on the music for Insecure and this season is no different,” Issa said in a statement via EW. “Not only did we continue to select songs that elevate our storytelling, but we also had artists and songwriters create original music for the season. The soundtrack is the perfect mix of some of my favorite songs from the season and I’m excited to share it with fans of the show.”

Make sure to check it out!

'The Lovebirds' Will Go to Netflix Instead of Hitting Theaters

Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani‘s upcoming movie The Lovebirds will be premiering on Netflix after being pulled from the theatrical release calendar due to theater closures around the country.

Movie theaters are shut down indefinitely due to the global health crisis right now and it’s unclear when they will be able to reopen.

Paramount Pictures has sold the movie to Netflix and the deal has been “in the works for a while,” according to Deadline.

The Lovebirds was supposed to hit theaters on April 3, but it’s unclear when Netflix will decide to release the film.

Here’s the movie’s synopsis: A couple (Rae and Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme – and hilarious – circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Watch the trailer below!

Issa Rae Opens Up About Diversity & Representation in Film: 'It Needs To Be Asked To The Powers That Be'

Issa Rae is opening up about constantly being asked about the lack of diversity and representation in film.

Speaking with Variety in support of her new projects – The Photograph, The Lovebirds and the new season of Insecure - the -year-old actress also touched upon how she’s growing tired of the questions about diversity.

“I don’t feel like it’s up to me to answer those questions. Like, I’m doing the work. I’m out here. I’m employing who I need to employ, I’m telling the stories that I need to tell,” she shared. “Those questions need to be asked to the powers-that-be. It needs to be asked to the white people who run this industry.”

Issa did applaud recent Best Actor Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix for bringing up systemic racism in the industry during the BAFTAs.

“I thought it was a step in the right direction. It’s just — hopefully, something will be done,” Issa shared. “I think it’s easy to be like, [clapping to mimic applause] ‘I’m so glad he said something. Next. Let’s go get tacos.’”

Check out some of Issa‘s recent appearances below and check out more pics from the premiere of The Photograph!

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