Following the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike on November 9, actress Issa Rae opened up about the devastating impact it had on some of her projects. In an interview with Marie Claire's The Power Issue, the Insecure alum expressed her disappointment, revealing that a project she had been building for five years had been lost due to the strike. She also mentioned the loss of employees on the business side of the entertainment industry, emphasizing that the strike had taken its toll.
Despite the setbacks, Issa Rae is not ready to pivot from her focus on Black-focused content but rather plans to be more strategic in the stories she tells to maximize impact. Recognizing the changing landscape of Hollywood, she acknowledges that executives and networks may not be as receptive to such content as they were before. However, she remains determined to adapt and thrive in the midst of uncertainty.
Issa shared her thoughts on the future of the industry, expressing her belief that there are currently no innovators and Hollywood itself is in flux. With a foresight of what it won't be, she aims to take advantage of opportunities outside of the industry, seeking to have control over her own destiny. The actress is venturing into different projects, including her Prosecco line, Viarae Wines, which originated from experimenting with prosecco-based cocktails.
Issa Rae's ventures extend beyond the entertainment industry. Alongside being the co-founder of a hair care line called Sienna Naturals, she takes pride in testing the products herself. Her passion for storytelling remains strong, and she considers herself fortunate to have a platform where she can share stories with an audience. The Power Issue of Marie Claire, featuring Issa Rae, will be available on newsstands starting November 21.
With the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike, Issa Rae reflects on the impact it had on her projects and shares her plans to adapt to the ever-changing dynamics in Hollywood. Despite the setbacks, she remains determined to tell impactful stories and maximizes her influence. Alongside her ventures in the entertainment industry, she is also exploring opportunities outside of Hollywood, such as her Prosecco line and hair care line. Issa Rae's journey in the industry continues as she takes control of her own destiny and seeks to inspire through her storytelling prowess.