When Justin Simien‘s debut feature, “Dear White People,” became the talk of Sundance in 2014, it really was just the beginning. The film starred Tessa Thompson and Teyonah Parris as two of a small number of Black students attending an Ivy League university. The film won awards at festivals throughout that year, and Simien would go on to win Best First Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards.
In 2017, the film because a series for Netflix. It continued the story with the same characters, some of which were recast with new actors. Now in its third season, “Dear White People” continues to offer bold conversations about race, LGBTQ+ identity, and gender. Introducing guest stars like Yvette Nicole Brown, Blaire Underwood, and Laverne Cox, Season 3 gives its characters the chance to interrogate their own thoughts and feelings and to take new opportunities to stretch and grow. Season 3 looks at hero worship, the Me Too Movement, uniting to achieve common goals.
This week, we spoke with Justin Simien about the third season and why the team chose to take the show in a new and different direction. We also talked about his inspiration behind certain character moments and guests, and he shares what made him the most proud of Season 3.
We hope you’ll enjoy this interview.
For more information about the series, you can visit the official website here.