‘Mean Girls’ Musical Star Renee Rapp on Playing a Mean Girl in ‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’

'The Sex Lives of College Girls' star Renee Rapp talks about working with an intimacy coordinator, meeting co-creator Mindy Kaling and forming an on-set a capella group with her co-stars

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'The Sex Lives of College Girls' star Renee Rapp talks about working with an intimacy coordinator, meeting co-creator Mindy Kaling and forming an on-set a capella group with her co-stars

The actress, who plays Leighton on the new HBO Max series, talks about working with an intimacy coordinator, meeting co-creator Mindy Kaling and forming an on-set a capella group with her co-stars: 'People started to get really annoyed.'

“Leighton’s a very bigoted girl who comes from a very rich and wealthy family on the Upper East Side of New York,” continues Rapp of her character. “Her experience going to college is that for the first time, she’s out of the comfort of her own home and her own situation and being able to walk into every room and have agency and have space. For the first time, that’s being challenged a bit.”

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Leighton is also hiding a personal secret that she continues to grapple with as the season progresses. “You kind of start to see her unravel in a way,” says Rapp. “That’s very scary for her but kind of cathartic to watch — because this person needs to be rocked. She doesn’t make great decisions nor is she necessarily a kind person. But as you start to peel back some of the layers, hopefully she becomes not as judgmental as she has been in the past.”

Rob Huebel and Reneé Rapp in ‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’Courtesy of HBO MaxRapp grew up in Huntersville, North Carolina, outside of Charlotte, and acted in high school theater productions before eventually moving to New York, where she won the part in headtopics.com

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