If 2020 was a food, it would be potato salad. With raisins.
No shade to people who f*ck with potato salad heavy but it's only April and it's safe to say that this has been a long ass year. Over the course of a few weeks, our country has transformed entirely and we have no idea how long this crisis will last.
These days, it feels good as hell to have something to look forward to and after a two-year hiatus, our good sis Issa Rae has finally pulled up with 10 new episodes of Insecurethat will keep us distracted from the chaos in the best way.
It's been 29 long months since our besties in our head blessed our television screens and after taking some time to get their creativity (and their bank accounts) all the way in alignment, on April 12, Issa and her crew are returning to a living room near you, proving that every self-quarantine has a silver lining.
In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, Issa explained that with a revamped team of writers and a newfound sense of urgency to give fans a reason to smile, she's lit AF about the premiere of Season 4. She explained:
"With 'Insecure' and other shows, people are looking for an escape and they get to go into this world where a pandemic doesn't exist and laugh and be immersed in somebody else's stuff."
Although last season may have taken the characters (and our emotions) on one helluva rollercoaster, Issa says that we can rest assured that this season will feature even more twists and turns.
"I love this season so much. Season three we always knew was the building season. In the [writer's room], we were always like, 'Ooh, season four going to be lit!' [This season is] just about asking the question: Are people in your life for a reason or a season?"
With less than a week left until the premiere, we have our popcorn and wine ret to go but I've had a lot of time to think over the past two years, and after rewatching Season 3, I realize that there are some serious questions that need answers in the new season.
Are Issa And Molly Growing Apart?
Since Season One, we've seen see Issa Dee and Molly go through the same drama that all besties go through. But is it me, or does it seem like their disagreements hit a lil different in the last season *insert eyes emoji*?
With Molly in a new relationship and Issa exploring new career opportunities, is it possible that this dynamic duo will be doing some social distancing of their own in the new season?
Will Kelli and Tiffany Rekindle Their Friendship?
Speaking of growing apart, tension was high AF between Kelli and Tiffany last season and I'm anxious to see how motherhood has an effect on their already rocky relationship.
Does Issa Give Nathan Another Shot?
Being ghosted is grounds to square up if you ask me. While I don't condone domestic violence in any way, it's safe to say that we all wanted someone to knock Nathan's block off at the end of last season. We were rooting for you!
In previous interviews, Issa revealed that she'll be playing the field with a few suitors, we're curious AF to know if Nathan is one of them.
Does Lawrence Actually Have… A Girlfriend?
And… it's Issa's friend?
I can't lie. Part of me kind of wanted to see Lawrence and Issa try to work it out one last time, but their breakup is part of what makes the show relatable AF. Relationships end. People move on. Preferably not with someone you know but hey, whatever. I'm here for the tea.
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Get To Know 'Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story' Star India Amarteifio
Actress India Amarteifio has enchanted audiences with her captivating performance of a young Queen Charlotte in Netflix's latest hit Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.
The limited series, a prequel to Bridgerton, follows the young queen as her marriage to King George of England causes a societal shift. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story debuted on Netflix earlier this month to rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
The show had left many in awe of the stars' portrayal of each character and its riveting storylines, so much so that it excelled in the streaming platform's top ten charts landing at number one when it premiered.
Since then, Amarteifio and her castmates have been trending on social media for various reasons. The list includes many sharing their remarks regarding the love story between Queen Charlotte and King George and social media users wanting to know more about the actors and actresses.
Although few details have been released about Amarteifio and her life, many would be surprised to know some uncovered facts about the star, unveiled recently during her promotional tour of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.
India Was a Trained Dancer
Prior to focusing on acting full-time, Amarteifio was a trained dancer.
Marie Claire magazine reports Amarteifio --who grew up in England-- attended the Richmond Academy of Dance when she was 11. The following year, Amarteifio received a scholarship for Sylvia Young Theatre School. But the star's dancing journey would ultimately be cut short when she was 12 after sustaining a hamstring tear.
Amarteifio told L'Officiel what made her fully transition into acting, in addition to her injury, was that she was "constantly" falling ill. Amarteifio shared that because she loved "the acting element through dance," becoming an actress was a "natural" switch.
"I always wanted to dance. I went to performing arts school when I was 11 to 16. Then I really badly injured myself, and it made me question the industry and the lifestyle of something so reliant on my body," she said. "I constantly was getting injured and ill, and it made me look at the reality of the life of a dancer. I always loved the acting element through dance, so I made the natural transition that way. But I always wanted to perform—acting is just more of a newish venture."
India Started Acting Really Young
Despite Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story being Amarteifio's breakout role, the star has been a part of the entertainment industry since she was a baby.
In an April interview with Vogue magazine, Amarteifio revealed that she landed her first acting opportunity alongside her mother in a commercial for Vodafone when she was eight months old. A few years later, Amarteifio would land theater jobs, including The Lion King, where she played the role of young Nala, Matilda, and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.
"I was in a Vodafone advert with my mum when I was eight months old. I only found out about it the other day – she told me they did an open call and she just rocked up with me," she said." Growing up, I loved theatre and dance, and when I was nine, I auditioned for The Lion King in the West End. I did that for about a year, then moved on to Matilda, then Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Around that time, I got a scholarship to Sylvia Young Theatre School."
After Amarteifio's injury at 12 and fully deciding to pursue acting as a career choice, she would go on to get minor roles in Doctor Who, The Tunnel, and Sex Education.
"We had a careers evening when I was 14, and I started thinking, 'If I keep doing this, I'll have a short career.' So, I started focusing on acting and ended up getting small roles in Doctor Who, The Tunnel and Sex Education," she said.
India On Being Mixed Race And How She Related To Her Character
As the conversation shifted to how Amarteifio could relate to her Queen Charlotte character, the actress shared that because of her mixed background, she felt she could identify with the idea of not knowing where to "fit in."
Amarteifio's mother is white, while her father, who is Black. Further in the interview, Amarteifio recalled what it felt like being the "only person of color" to enter a room and compared those instances to Queen Charlotte's experiences early on in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.
"I'm mixed race. I've got a white mum and my dad is Black – born in London, but with Ghanaian ancestry – so I can relate to her in terms of not really knowing where you fit in. I know what it's like to walk into a room and have everyone look at you because you're the only person of color. There are so many scenes, especially early on in the series where Charlotte does exactly that," she stated. "In those moments, you feel alone and awkward, and it can be uncomfortable to talk about it, but by writing those scenes, Shonda's starting that conversation and showing people that they aren't alone."
India Prepared For Queen Charlotte: A Briderton Story By Watching The Crown
Earlier this month, Amarteifio opened up about how she prepped for her starring role in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.
In an interview with Bustle, the actress disclosed that she binged-watch Netflix's The Crown to get another perspective on being a royal. Amarteifio also shared that her co-star Corey Mylchreest suggested it after they were informed that they would be doing a coronation scene.
"Corey [Mylchreest] actually recommended [that I] watch The Crown because we were doing the coronation scene [in Queen Charlotte]. In Season 1 [of The Crown], the Queen is going through a coronation, and it was interesting to see how that was done—because it's a ritual, it's a very similar experience, and to see the behind-the-scenes elements that they showed in The Crown was actually helpful," she explained.
Amarteifio also mentioned that portraying Queen Charlotte and watching The Crown helped her understand the royal family more as people.
"I definitely understand the royal family more, in the sense of knowing who people are in relation to other people—that's because when I was filming, I binge-watched The Crown. So I feel like I know them all. I know their secrets," she said. "But [Queen Charlotte] didn't give me any further insight into them because we don't delve into that. We're taking from history, but we're retelling it."
India On How The Queen Charlotte Role Impacted Her
In the same interview, Amarteifio provided details about how portraying the role of Queen Charlotte positively impacted her life.
Amarteifio stated that before taking the role of Queen Charlotte, she was often nervous to ask questions out of fear that she would "rock the boat." Still, after playing the character, the star started opening up more because she realized that even if she didn't receive any answers, it made situations much easier to handle.
"I see her as a very different entity. [But] not being embarrassed or afraid of asking questions is probably one of the things that I took away, because she asks questions and gets answers. Sometimes she doesn't get answers, but at least she tried. Sometimes I feel like I'm a bit nervous to ask questions or rock the boat — but actually, it just makes things easier," she stated.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is now streaming on Netflix.
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