It’s hard to believe that Natasha Rothwell ever considered a career path other than the multi-hyphenate position of actress-comedian-writer that she holds now.
Known now for her engaging role as the plus-sized, unabashed and sexually liberated Kelli in the soon-to-return HBO series “Insecure,” as a terse teacher in the film “Love, Simon,” or as the homeless, panhandling bibliophile in Netflix’s “The Characters,” Rothwell says she once thought journalism would be her career path.
Fortunately for all “Insecure” fans, a brief stint at Ithaca College proved her wrong.
“I was pretty miserable,” Rothwell, 37, said. “I loved writing, [but] I wasn’t a big fan of the rules of journalism. … I knew I always wanted to major in theater.”
After a few years at the University of Maryland’s theater school, the former “Saturday Night Live” writer said she found herself right where she belonged — making her mark as a comedian and writer in Hollywood, a champion of diversity in entertainment, and a fan-favorite on actress and showrunner Issa Rae’s series “Insecure.”