After his first national televised debut on season 3 of award-winning drama series American Crime early this year. Haitian-American actor Jean Elie has landed a recurring role on the second season of HBO’s hit series Insecure starring as Ahmal Dee, the younger brother of “Insecure’s” main character, Issa.
On the ABC drama American Crime, Elie, who grew up in a Haitian family in Brockton, played a Creole-speaking son of a nanny character.
Insecure is an HBO original comedy series based partially on actress Issa Rae’s widely lauded Youtube series Awkward Black Girl along with former “The Daily Show” comedian Larry Wilmore. Elie character Ahmal Dee will appear in half of the eight shows in the new season.
According to Variety, the show’s primary strength is its confidence. Insecure’s pilot episode focuses on two women, Issa (Rae, playing a fictionalized version of herself) and her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji), and their relatively low-key relationship foibles. They’re right. Insecure is a lived-in, frequently hilarious gem, one that manages to offer a different entry point into the conversations about sexuality, race, and culture that TV is constantly trying to have.
In a recent interview with The Enterprise, Elie said “I hope everyone enjoys the comedy, drama and pettiness that takes place this season, I’d say it’s about modern women as a whole, with some nuances of black women’s struggles. Women have it tough in America and they really touch up on that.”
Elie who says he moved to Los Angeles to become an actor with little money and no family is happy he took the leap of faith.
Elie was also the voice over artist behind Biggie Large in the “Alvin and The Chipmunks” remake TV show that appeared in 2015 on the Nick Jr. channel. He’s also done work for commercials and other programs, including “The Eric Andre Show.”
Did you catch the premeire last night?