4 ladies share a dorm room — and freshman 12 months escapades — in Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble’s new HBO Max comedy, The Sex Lives of College Girls. One girl within the quartet is the unavoidable imply woman within the bunch: Leighton, a rich blonde who consistently and haughtily makes it’s recognized that she considers everybody else barely worthy of her time and a spotlight.
Enjoying her is Reneé Rapp, an up-and-coming expertise who already had perfected her mean-girl chops portraying Regina George within the Broadway musical model of Mean Girls.
“I feel with Leighton, you like to hate her,” says Rapp, 21, who brings snide with a aspect of humorous to the function in The Intercourse Lives of Faculty Women, which premiered on Nov. 18 and drops new episodes Nov. 25.
“Leighton’s a really bigoted woman who comes from a really wealthy and rich household on the Higher East Aspect of New York,” continues Rapp of her character. “Her expertise going to school is that for the primary time, she’s out of the consolation of her own residence and her personal state of affairs and with the ability to stroll into each room and have company and have area. For the primary time, that’s being challenged a bit.”
Leighton can be hiding a private secret that she continues to grapple with because the season progresses. “You form of begin to see her unravel in a means,” says Rapp. “That’s very scary for her however form of cathartic to observe — as a result of this individual must be rocked. She doesn’t make nice choices neither is she essentially a sort individual. However as you begin to peel again a number of the layers, hopefully she turns into not as judgmental as she has been prior to now.”
Rapp grew up in Huntersville, North Carolina, exterior of Charlotte, and acted in highschool theater productions earlier than finally shifting to New York, the place she received the half in Imply Women. She performed the function from mid-2019 till March 2020, when Broadway shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was later introduced that Mean Girls would not re-open on Broadway when theatrical productions in New York resumed.
She auditioned for Intercourse Lives a number of weeks after her time in Imply Women got here to an finish. “It was an extended, prolonged strategy of name backs and [meetings] over Zoom in the midst of the pandemic,” recollects Rapp who received the half in September of final 12 months and shot the sequence over the course of almost six months, each on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank and in upstate New York at Vassar Faculty. “It’s a stunning campus. I used to be dwelling out my Hogwarts dream,” she provides.
Rapp talked to The Hollywood Reporter about engaged on the HBO Max sequence, shifting to Los Angeles from New York and her love of music.
How do you want L.A.?
I’m rising to like it. It’s fascinating. I’m from North Carolina and I do know now that I discovered the North Carolina in L.A. as a result of I stay in sleepy little Burbank, which is wonderful, but in addition generally I by no means depart my home.
How would you describe the present for somebody who hasn’t seen it but?
It’s actually chaos. It’s a really chaotic messy portrayal of 4 ladies’s lives in school for the primary day out of the home. I feel you get to see there are wins and losses and a whole lot of instances you get to see their losses uncooked and in actual time. It’s only a fucking mess.
Did you and your three lead forged mates, Pauline Chalamet, Amrit Kaur, Alyah Chanelle Scott, grow to be shut?
We’ve recognized one another at this level so lengthy and we’ve actually grown up collectively it seems like. A few of my favourite reminiscences are of messing round, and I do know that’s probably not productive essentially to the present or the work course of. We fashioned an a capella group. When the 4 of us would begin to get actually delirious at 4 a.m., we might stroll as much as the crew and say, “Do you wish to hear our tune? Yeah? No?” And we’d do it anyway.
Was that only a one-time factor or did this little singing group hold going?
We have been pestering folks and being a bit annoying. It ended up understanding in our favor because it simply made us nearer. We began out with “You Are My Sunshine.” And it turned a factor. I might ask our DP, “Can we sing the clappers? Take one, take two, three.” After which we might begin singing these. That’s when folks began to get actually irritated. We began to sing every part.
What was Mindy Kaling prefer to work with?
She’s a powerhouse. Everytime you see somebody who’s a comedy icon, you see how effing humorous she is. And assembly her for the primary time, I used to be greatly surprised by how a lot of a businesswoman she is simply too. She has a really palpable vitality and he or she owns the room.
Did you will have any intimacy coordinators on set for the intercourse scenes?
Sure we had an intimacy coordinator, Kelly Flynn, who we might all in all probability agree is essential to the present and its success and our psychological well being and well-being. Kelly was at all times there with us, speaking us by way of every part on the telephone with us days earlier than we might movie one thing. And for me that was actually useful. I’ve a whole lot of nervousness, and I might have days the place I might be very nervous and Kelly could be very receptive and say, “Hey if this isn’t the day to do it, it’s not the day.” And that made me extra snug to movie the scene, figuring out I used to be in good palms and had somebody to look out for me.
You’re additionally pursuing your music profession along with the present?
Sure. My music profession is why I moved to New York within the first place. I really like pop R&B. That’s my past love. I’ve been singing since I used to be in diapers, and I used to host reveals for my household and I might get on the espresso desk and ask all people to be quiet and I might sing.