“What world are we living in where Michelle Obama and Beyoncé watch our show, and they’re fans?”
Jay Ellis can hardly believe the words coming out of his mouth when we bring up Insecure during a recent phone interview. Of course, as devoted watchers of the show ourselves, we certainly can. The 36-year-old actor and South Carolina native stars on the HBO hit created by comedic genius Issa Rae. Insecure premiered back in 2016, and it didn’t take long for the comedy-drama series to become a pop culture force to be reckoned with, and it has since closed its critically acclaimed second season. Although the cast is made up of an incredible, diverse array of characters, fans can’t seem to get enough of Ellis’s Lawrence Walker.
As the flawed-yet-lovable ex-boyfriend of Rae’s character, Issa, Lawrence often finds himself straddling the fence of “nice guy” to straight up “f*ckboy” throughout the second season. Issa and Lawrence’s rocky relationship, which has more than enough drama for the show’s 30-minute runtime, often leaves fans wondering if there’s any hope for a rekindled romance between the two (personally, we still aren’t over that fake proposal and marriage montage).
In real life, Ellis will be spreading love, not war this Valentine’s Day. The recent NAACP Award winner plans to make one lucky fan’s dream come true by surprisingly them with a FaceTime call on the holiday of love. We caught up with Ellis to discuss his recent digital photo series in an ode to Valentine’s Day, how he feels about filming those nude scenes on Insecure, and what he hopes will happen in season three.