Aziz Ansari

How Lena Waithe's coming-out story inspired the 'Master of None' Thanksgiving episode

How Lena Waithe's coming-out story inspired the 'Master of None' Thanksgiving episode

It was a moment Lena Waithe had little interest in sharing. Sure, as a writer, Waithe wanted to tell queer narratives. But a “coming out” story? Well, she wasn’t eager to revisit that chapter of her life. And she also felt like it had become a trope for every LGBTQ character.

But then she had a meeting with “Master of None” co-creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang as they were beginning to think about Season 2 of the Netflix comedy, in which she plays Denise, a friend of Ansari’s character, Dev. A discussion about her current relationship led to questions about how Waithe had come out to her family.

“It became clear we had a lot of material for an episode,” Ansari recalls in an...

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