According to Insecure’s showrunner Prentice Penny, Daniel, played by Y’Ian Noel, will have a larger presence in the new season of the hit HBO comedy.
Variety reports: “Daniel will play a bigger part in the third season of the show, Penny said, pointing out that it will continue to explore why other characters, including his, have insecurities just like Issa’s. The title relates to all of the characters, but particularly for Molly, [played by Yvonne Orji] said, noting that she will display more humanity as she navigates “being a boss chick at work and trying to find love at home.”
Noel told Variety his character has to “maintain his cool and his masculinity but at the same time he is a very sensitive, complicated soul which is a very nuanced thing to portray.”
Noel, who more recently starred in The First Purge, said playing Daniel has “forced [him] to have that self-examination” before stepping into the character so he can get it right.
So far it’s working. Last season, Issa rekindled her relationship with Daniel, only to end it shortly thereafter. Still, when she had to move out of her apartment because she could no longer afford the rent, she turned to her old friend for help. In the upcoming season, we’ll see how the pair navigates this new moment in their friendship and if their relationship will survive.
Also in the new season, fans will get to watch yet another show within the show. Thus far, Insecure has included two fictionalized series within the comedy, “Conjugal Visits” and “Due North,” and it will roll out a third, more topical one in season three.
Penny said this latest iteration will comment on what’s going on in the entertainment business. “It’s definitely timely in the wake of a lot of things that happened in Hollywood in the last month or so,” he said.
Previously, Rae hinted that the new season of Insecure may deal with themes of toxic masculinity, but most of all it’s about the characters finally getting their lives together.
“This season is about adulting in a new way. I think we’ve watched our characters really fumble and f–k up — and in some ways in your 20s you are allowed that — but this season is about not acting like you’re naive anymore or that you don’t know better,” she explained to the Hollywood Reporter. “So it is about, what does it look like to know better and to do better?”
Guess we’ll have to wait until August 12 when Insecure returns to HBO to see how it all plays out.