Still from "Lowkey Trying," an episode of HBO's Insecure, written by alumna Grace Edwards '10, image courtesy of Popsugar

Alumna Grace Edwards '10 Writes for 'Insecure' and Creates 'Jodie'

BY Felix van Kann, June 25, 2020

It has already been a successful year for alumna Grace Edwards '10. First, she wrote an episode of Insecure, which aired on HBO on June 7. The episode titled Lowkey Trying is the penultimate episode of the show’s fourth season. Insecure has been nominated for multiple Golden Globes and Primetime Emmy’s and is set to return for a fifth season next year. In addition, she is the creator of the upcoming MTV Studios show Jodie for which she serves as head writer. 

 

Jodie is a spinoff of the classic MTV show Daria and was picked up by Comedy Central as part of their push in Adult Animation. According to Deadline, “Jodie marks the first MTV Studios series for Comedy Central as the brands are forging closer ties. It was one of the projects on the inaugural slate of MTV Studios when it launched in 2018 has been envisioned as one of several Daria spinoffs.”

 

Jodie is based on Jodie Landon, Daria’s friend at the fictional Lawndale High. Jodie picks up with her character graduating from college and entering a complicated world and “will shine a light on the personal and professional issues young Black women face today.”

 

Insecure follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman. In the episode written by Edwards, the protagonist Issa Rae extends a timely olive branch to a friend. 

 

Grace Edwards was born in Guyana, South America, and raised in Michigan. She received a BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University. She started her career as a writers assistant on Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer. She was a writer on the Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Recent credits also include Facebook’s *Loosely Exactly Nicole, VH1’s Down and Thirty and HBO’s Insecure where she was also a co-producer.

Still from Daria, featuring Jodie (left), image courtesy of Indiewire