Yvonne Orji’s character Molly on Insecure is all about growth in season 4 of the hit HBO show.
“I’m letting go of things that no longer serve me.”
“That’s what our characters are really trying to figure out this season—what doesn’t serve me? What does letting go look like? Is there ever a clean break?” Orji tells ELLE.com. Like that meme of co-star Natasha Rothwell, Orji says “growth” is the buzzword this season. “Four seasons ago, we were all in our 20s trying to figure out life and love. Now, we’re in our 30s and our stories evolve as we get older. Adulting is hard, so we’re exploring the challenges that come with growth. Do friendships no longer serve me? Do relationships no longer serve me? Do jobs no longer serve me? These are the questions everyone is asking once they become adults.”
So where is Molly this season?
On the work front she’s killing it, but in relationships she’s not. And even still, Molly’s killing the actual work at her new firm, but her relationships with her co-workers are a mess—there’s always some sort of mess. Molly’s always thinking, “Am I fulfilled as a person? What does winning look like?”
She’s not happy in her relationships. Season 1 saw a little bit of her almost coveting what Issa and Lawrence had. That’s why when Issa cheated, Molly was like, “screw you, at least you have somebody.” Molly didn’t have anybody, so she was willing to settle for who’s available than have nobody at all. Getting into a character like Molly reminds me of where I was in my 20s and also understanding where I am now. If you haven’t done the work to change your mentality, your 20-year-old brain and your-30-year old brain are the same. So Molly spends this season trying to figure out what mistakes she’s making. Is it that she doesn’t realize her habits, or just doesn’t care? She’s struggling to find out who she is. I think that’s why people love her. They recognize mistakes they’ve made.
Insecure airs Sunday nights on HBO. Check your local listings for air time.
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