“The Sex Lives of College Girls” Season Two: Reneé Rapp’s Career is Taking Off


Elizabeth Ippolito

Creator: Mindy Kaling

Starring: Pauline Chalamet, Reneé Rapp, Amrit Kaur, Alyah Chanelle Scott

Rating: 5/5

“The Sex Lives of College Girls” is an HBO Max original series created by Mindy Kaling that just concluded its second season and if you have not watched, a major spoiler alert is in effect. The series follows four college suitemates and their lives at Essex College, whether it be academically or romantically, fans truly see all sides of the college experience. Another smash hit by Kaling, “The Sex Lives of College Girls” is incredibly funny and charming. 

Season two picks up where season one left off, but the gang seems to have a new slew of challenges to deal with. Kimberly has to come up with the money to be able to stay at Essex, Whitney has to figure out what to do with her time during the soccer offseason, Bela starts her all-female comedy magazine, and Leighton deals with her new life after coming out as lesbian. The group dynamic is truly hysterical and never fails to make fans laugh. Through so many twists and turns through the season, the last two episodes unleashed a new stockpile of drama to unfold for the recently announced season three to address. 

Suzanna Makkos, executive vice president of original comedy and adult animation at HBO Max told Variety, “Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble continue to brilliantly capture the college experience in the most entertaining and relatable way, this series is the perfect balance of comedy, sex, curiosity, and chaos, and we can’t wait to see what the next season brings.” Will Bela actually transfer? Will Leighton get back with her ex? What will happen now that Whitney saw Kimberly kissing her ex-boyfriend? “The Sex Lives Of College Girls” knows how to keep fans engaged by having no limits when it comes to the plot. Anything is possible and creator Mindy Kaling isn’t afraid to go there when it comes to drama.

The star of “The Sex Lives of College Girls”, Reneé Rapp is a goldmine of talent. Every project she works on proves to be a success. Beginning on the Broadway stage as Wendla in “Spring Awakening”, to her perfectly fitting role as Regina George in “Mean Girls” on Broadway, Reneé Rapp is destined for fame. “The Sex Lives of College Girls” has launched her into the spotlight so she could release her debut solo album “Everything to Everyone” which was an instant success. Rapp told MTV “I’ve taken seven moments where I feel like I’m at my lowest and turned those to the best moments of my entire year, which is so cool and I feel so grateful to be able to say that.” But her career doesn’t end here. In early December 2022 it was announced that Rapp will take the big screen, returning to her breakout role of Regina George but this time in the movie version of the Broadway musical, “Mean Girls”. Reneé Rapp has a long and successful career ahead of her and fans cannot wait to see where she goes next. While she is somewhat under the radar right now, Reneé Rapp won’t be for long.

The series is incredibly accurate to the college experience but it is noticeably fudged up in the college aspect. The show portrays events that most people don’t find themselves in, but they somehow relate to these characters and their feelings making the show more organic and relatable emotionally. With Reneé Rapp’s fantastic portrayal of the anti-hero Leighton, she takes the role and created this mean character but fans can’t help but fall in love with her. Critics from Rotten Tomatoes say “The Sex Lives of College Girls” is “Bright, Rowdy, and lots of fun” and gave the show a 93% approval rate.

Fans cannot wait to see what the third season has in store for this hilarious bunch and the out-of-this-world theme parties they will attend in their sophomore year at Essex college.