There is no denying that this last year has been amazing for Lena Waithe.
In November, Waithe became the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her work on the Thanksgiving episode of “Master of None”. Her history-making episode was based on her personal experience coming out to her mother, which is mad boss.
Speaking of the hit Netflix show, Waithe shared an update on co-star and creator Aziz Ansari and whether or not she thinks their unique crew will be back for a third season.
“I don’t know, I haven’t talked to him about that,” Waithe says about Ansari’s recent sexual misconduct allegations, adding that she’s unclear about how it affects the future of the show. “I was just texting him today and sending him love, but I think only time will tell with that one, I do think it’s a great show. I think Alan and Aziz are two really smart, talented dudes – it just sort of depends on how they want to approach it.”
Continuing on, Waithe says she hopes their cast will be able to mimic the success of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”: “I hope we can be a little bit like ‘Curb’ you know, where we go away, do out things and then maybe come back when the time is right and when it makes sense. But I’d look forward to that day, you know, if it does come, because I think we all have a unique chemistry and there’s a love that people have for us and the show.”
“That doesn’t come along very often, so if I get the call, I’ll come running,” she adds.
The creative force behind the critically acclaimed Showtime series “The Chi”, Lena has also found time in her busy schedule to star in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”. But none of that seems to phase the 34-year-old actress, who tells Matte Babel she’s happy to keep people on their toes.
“I think Whoopi Goldberg sort of set a really great tone in terms of doing a bunch of great things,” Lena says. “I think a lot of us are really grateful to her, but even she would admit now that even she didn’t foresee some of the things we’re able to do.”
Continuing on, Waithe praises fellow artist Donald Glover as someone who’s been able to create his own unique blueprint for projects he wants to be a part of.
“I look at myself and Donald Glover, you know, whether it’s him being in ‘Star Wars’ or obviously making music and not just hip hop and making ‘Atlanta’,” she says. “I feel very much a kinship to him, obviously being in ‘Ready Player One’, the work I’ve done on ‘Master of None’ and having ‘The Chi’.”
“I want to keep people guessing and… because as an artist, that’s what you want, you don’t want anyone to kind of get used to what you’ve done before.”
“Ready Player One” hits theatres March 28.