Master of None's Lena Waithe on how not to play a lesbian on TV
Denise is cool, funny, and definitely a fan favourite. She also happens to be a black lesbian — but that's not the point. She's a character, not a caricature.
Waithe joins Shad to discuss the importance of queer characters who aren't just coming out, or coming of age; and why she thinks casting directors should cast a wider net when looking for new talent.
The writer and actress also explains how she differs from the character largely inspired by her real traits. For one: "There's a gay, white, Jewish man trapped inside my body."
WEB EXTRA | Watch a short clip from Master of None, featuring Waithe as Denise. The actress is also known for behind-the-scenes work in film and television.