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How old the stars of 'The Sex Lives of College Girls' are compared to their characters' ages

How old the stars of 'The Sex Lives of College Girls' are compared to their characters' ages
Reneé Rapp, Alyah Chanelle Scott, Pauline Chalamet, and Amrit Kaur on season two, episode one of "The Sex Lives of College Girls."Courtesy of HBO Max
  • HBO Max's "The Sex Lives of College Girls" was created by Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble.
  • It centers on four characters played by Pauline Chalamet, Amrit Kaur, Reneé Rapp, and Alyah Chanelle Scott.

Pauline Chalamet stars as 18-year-old Kimberly Finkle, a freshman at New England's Essex College.

Pauline Chalamet stars as 18-year-old Kimberly Finkle, a freshman at New England
Pauline Chalamet on season two, episode three of "The Sex Lives of College Girls."      Katrina Marcinowski/HBO Max

Kimberly is from Gilbert, Arizona, which she refers to as the "whitest town in the world." She's the most sheltered of the four main characters since she didn't go out much, try drugs, or drink alcohol prior to going to college.

Her age isn't explicitly stated, but she's likely 18.

In order to afford to attend Essex, Kimberly gets a job at Sips, the campus coffee shop.

Chalamet is 30 years old in real life.

Chalamet is 30 years old in real life.
Pauline Chalamet in November 2022.      Todd Williamson/Shutterstock for HBO Max

The actor, who's the older sister of Timothée Chalamet, had small roles on shows like "One Life to Live" and "Royal Pains" before making her feature-film debut in "The King of Staten Island" (2020) starring Pete Davidson.

Chalamet has also written and directed shorts like "Between Fear and Laughter" and "Cosmic Disaster."

Amrit Kaur plays Bela Malhotra, an 18-year-old aspiring comedian and sex-positive freshman at Essex.

Amrit Kaur plays Bela Malhotra, an 18-year-old aspiring comedian and sex-positive freshman at Essex.
Amrit Kaur on season two, episode one of "The Sex Lives of College Girls."      Courtesy of HBO Max

Bela idolizes comedians like Seth Meyers, who was previously a writer and performer on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" before landing his own late-night talk show.

She chose to attend Essex specifically because of The Catullan, the college comedy magazine that's a big deal in the comedy world since a lot of "SNL" writers got their start through the publication.

Bela gets accepted into The Catullan but leaves after experiencing sexism and being sexually assaulted by the coeditor, Ryan (Conor Donnally).

By the end of season one, two other women, Evangeline (Sierra Katow) and Jo (Cheyenne Perez), quit the magazine and tell Bela they want to launch a ladies-only comedy publication.

At 29 years old, Kaur is several years older than her "SLOCG" character.

At 29 years old, Kaur is several years older than her "SLOCG" character.
Amrit Kaur in August 2022.      Matt Winkelmeyer/Variety via Getty Images

Kaur, who's from Ontario, Canada, had some difficulty with the audition process for "SLOCG" because she didn't have an O-1 visa (a nonimmigrant visa for an individual with extraordinary ability or achievement).

"When the audition came out, they said they only wanted to audition people with an O-1 visa," Kaur told Refinery29. "I didn't have it, but my heart connected to the part and my rep and I were just like: Fuck it, let's go for it. If they like me they'll have to figure it out."

Kaur said she auditioned and got a callback for a chemistry read, but it got canceled because they found out the actor didn't have a visa.

Kaur said that she didn't get the O-1 visa on the first try, but for the second attempt, Kaling, Noble, and the producers wrote letters to "convince the government that I should have this part and no one else could do it."

Reneé Rapp portrays Leighton Murray, 18, a popular and rich freshman who grew up in New York City's Upper East Side.

Reneé Rapp portrays Leighton Murray, 18, a popular and rich freshman who grew up in New York City
Reneé Rapp on season two, episode four of "The Sex Lives of College Girls."      Katrina Marcinowski/HBO Max

She's initially closed-off and aloof but becomes a loyal friend to her suitemates as the show progresses.

Leighton starts college closeted because she doesn't like the concept of coming out and having her sexuality define her. In the season one finale, during a heartfelt scene, she reveals to Kimberly that she's gay.

At 22 years old, Rapp is closest in age to her character.

At 22 years old, Rapp is closest in age to her character.
Reneé Rapp in September 2022.      Chelsea Guglielmino/FilmMagic

Rapp is known for playing Regina George in the Broadway musical "Mean Girls."

She juggles acting with singing and released her debut EP, "Everything to Everyone," on November 11.

Alyah Chanelle Scott stars as 18-year-old Whitney Chase, a soccer star and daughter of a senator.

Alyah Chanelle Scott stars as 18-year-old Whitney Chase, a soccer star and daughter of a senator.
Alyah Chanelle Scott on season two, episode four of "The Sex Lives of College Girls."      Katrina Marcinowski/HBO Max

Her season one arc centered on her secret relationship with her soccer coach, Dalton.

Whitney eventually told Coach Wood, her mom, and her friends about the affair.

Scott is 25 years old in real life.

Scott is 25 years old in real life.
Alyah Chanelle Scott in September 2022.      Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images

The actress, who's from Texas, previously starred as Nabulungi in the US national tour for the musical "The Book of Mormon."

More recently, Scott played Timberly on the Hulu comedy series "Reboot."

Gavin Leatherwood plays 21-year-old frat guy Nico Murray, Leighton's older brother.

Gavin Leatherwood plays 21-year-old frat guy Nico Murray, Leighton
Gavin Leatherwood and Pauline Chalamet on season one, episode three of "The Sex Lives of College Girls."      Courtesy of HBO Max

Nico celebrated his 21st birthday on season one, episode eight — which is the same episode that Kimberly learned that he actually had a girlfriend named Maya.

Because Kimberly was so distracted by her hookups with Nico, she was unprepared for an economics midterm test. She stole a previous test copy from Theta's stash but got caught cheating during the exam.

In an attempt to avoid getting expelled, Nico lets Kimberly turn in the rest of the frat's tests to the Essex committee.

Leatherwood, 28, is seven years older than his "SLOCG" character.

Leatherwood, 28, is seven years older than his "SLOCG" character.
Gavin Leatherwood in October 2022.      Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Leatherwood is known for his role as Nicholas Scratch on "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," which lasted for four seasons on Netflix.

In March 2022, Leatherwood revealed to Us Weekly that he wouldn't be returning for season two of "SLOCG." He told the publication that he was "happy to do the first season" but was planning on "branching off and going in a different direction."

Midori Francis portrays Alicia, a student who works at the Essex Women's Center.

Midori Francis portrays Alicia, a student who works at the Essex Women
Midori Francis as Alicia on season one, episode six of "The Sex Lives of College Girls."      Courtesy of HBO Max

She and Leighton dated during season one but broke up because Alicia couldn't date someone who was closeted and wanted to keep the relationship a secret.

In real life, Francis is 28.

In real life, Francis is 28.
Midori Francis in June 2022.      Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Prior to "SLOCG," Francis starred in theater productions. She also costarred in the Netflix holiday series "Dash & Lily" with "Euphoria" actor Austin Abrams.

Francis' performance as Lily on the show earned her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for lead actress in a daytime fiction program.

Christopher Meyer stars as Canaan, a student who works at Sips.

Christopher Meyer stars as Canaan, a student who works at Sips.
Christopher Meyer as Canaan on season one, episode seven of "The Sex Lives of College Girls."      Courtesy of HBO Max

He plays Whitney's love interest on season one.

Meyer is 28 in real life.

Meyer is 28 in real life.
Chris Meyer in November 2022.      Todd Williamson/Shutterstock for HBO Max

Meyer got his start in acting on the show "General Hospital." He's since appeared in various movies and shows, including "Wayward Pines," "NCIS: New Orleans," "The Fosters," "Grey's Anatomy," and "Grown-ish."

Ilia Isorelýs Paulino stars as Lila, another of Kimberly's coworkers at Sips.

Ilia Isorelýs Paulino stars as Lila, another of Kimberly
Ilia Isorelýs Paulino on season two, episode two of "The Sex Lives of College Girls."      Courtesy of HBO Max

Lila is unabashedly herself and delivers many of the show's most hilarious lines.

Ilia Isorelýs Paulino is 27 in real life.

Ilia Isorelýs Paulino is 27 in real life.
Ilia Isorelýs Paulino in August 2022.      Rich Polk/Getty Images for Netflix

You may have seen her in the films "Queenpins" and "Me Time." Next, Paulino will appear in Netflix's live-action "One Piece" series.

Mitchell Slaggert joins season two as Jackson, a student who transfers to Essex.

Mitchell Slaggert joins season two as Jackson, a student who transfers to Essex.
Mitchell Slaggert on season two, episode three of "The Sex Lives of College Girls."      Katrina Marcinowski/HBO Max

Noble told Entertainment Weekly that Jackson is a "climate refugee coming from a different school that's had an incident."

Slaggert, 28, is a few years older than his college-aged character.

Slaggert, 28, is a few years older than his college-aged character.
Mitchell Slaggert as Jackson on season two, episode two of "The Sex Lives of College Girls."      HBO Max

He's modeled for brands like Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace, and Calvin Klein.

Slaggert also starred alongside Joey King in the 2017 movie "Wish Upon" and appeared on the season one finale of HBO Max's "Gossip Girl" reboot.




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