Q&A: ‘Insecure’ Star Yvonne Orji Knows What Works

By Sonaiya Kelley
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Great Q&A with Yvonne Orji who plays the sexually liberated Molly on HBO’s “Insecure.”

Los Angeles Times

Yvonne Orji is serious about dating.

“I’m not really looking for anything subpar or shallow,” she explained.

In February, the 33-year-old actress and comedian headlined a TEDx talk in Delaware about her religious upbringing and decision to stay celibate until marriage.

But in her professional life, Orji plays the sexually liberated Molly on HBO’s “Insecure,” a high-powered partner at a downtown L.A. law firm who just can’t seem to get her dating life to excel the way her career has.

“God bless her, she does a lot of good things,” Orji said of her character. “But she does a lot of just wrong. She can’t help it because it’s coming from a genuine place.” The show, whose second season began this month, includes graphic sex scenes (which she had to practice for, the actress admitted in an interview).

“It’s funny because everyone is like, ‘Well, you haven’t had sex, so how do you know?’ And it’s like guys, we’re acting. Also, I have directors screaming directions from the sidelines so, you know, I think we get the shots.'”

We caught up with Orji to talk virginity, dating and “Insecure.”

Q: Does it get annoying to constantly be asked about your virginity?

A: What’s so funny is, I had a meeting with someone on Tuesday and he said, “So you’re the face of virginity!” And I was like, “Thank you?” Like, “I am a virgin, but there’s other things about me.” So it’s not annoying because it’s a thing that I am, but it’s just like OK, well, what else? I think what could be annoying is when some people are like, “In 2017 though?” Like, yes, guys, in 2017. But I just thought that was hysterical to be called the face of virginity. Not for long, hopefully. Jesus, where he at?

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