Friendship Goals: Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji
Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji have the friendship that lots of people can only wish for. They are constantly helping each other behind the scene and they share spotlights.
Issa and Yvonne friendship was initially based of mutual admiration for each other’s early hustles in the comedy world.
Around the time Issa’s web series, Awkward Black Girl, was gaining popularity, those close to Yvonne told her, “‘You should get to know this Issa Rae chick.'” Yvonne said in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2018, that she recalled sending a Twitter message to Issa, who invited her over for a game night.
Yvonne said , “Then I get to her house and she was like, ‘I don’t invite random strangers through Twitter to my house. I know about you because I’m familiar with your work. I’ve seen you perform.”
As their friendship grew, it reflected in the both their work life. It took Yvonne five auditions and a proverbial letter of recommendation from Issa herself. These helped Yvonne land a role in Insecure.
In an interview with Refinery 29 Issa Rae said she “would be nowhere” without her inner circle, which is why she loves sharing the spotlight with her real life besties.
“Every female friend that I have has been in my productions. They have helped behind the scenes, gassed me up when I’ve felt like,”
Issa and Yvonne are the perfect ying to yang. Yvonne explained that her Friendship with Issa works so well because they complement each other.