TV: Do you collaborate with Issa for any of her looks on the show? How involved is she (or any of the main cast) in that process?

ST: Issa and the team have developed each character so thoroughly that working off of the script itself is a detailed collaboration. I am largely entrusted with the costume decisions for the show, but there is an approval process for each look, which Issa leads. Sometimes there are about eight people weighing in, and I’m not going to lie, it can get pretty intense. Sometimes I’ll think I’ve created a great “lewk,” and Issa or one of the EP’s [executive producers] just isn’t feeling it. To quote Erykah Badu “I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my shit” [laughs]. But like everything in life, you gotta pick your battles. So I have to decide what’s worth fighting for, what I can compromise on, and also where I need to make sacrifices…

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