The Sex Lives of College Girls Star Addresses Upcoming Exit in Season 3

HBO Max's The Sex Lives of College Girls will see a significant departure in its upcoming third season. Reneé Rapp, who captivated audiences as the beloved Leighton Murray, has confirmed that she will only make appearances in a few episodes of Season 3 before ultimately leaving the show. Rapp revealed in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight that her decision to depart stems from a shift in her career priorities, particularly as she prepares for the release of her debut album.

"When it comes to performing on stage or screen, it's somewhat easier for me because I can trust that the material isn't entirely mine," the singer explained. "However, with music, I become more possessive, and I've had apprehensions about that since the beginning, especially when it comes to songwriting. Trusting the process is simpler on stage and screen because you have to. It's not a choice. It's great when you collaborate with incredible individuals whom you trust. There's a distinct difference, and for me, it has been challenging... or, I should say, it has been challenging for me personally. I don't want to generalize and say it's universally difficult or that everyone is terrible. Some people are genuinely amazing, beautiful, and a joy to be around."

Why Is Reneé Rapp Leaving The Sex Lives of College Girls?

Having recently embarked on her music career, Reneé Rapp unveiled her debut EP, Everything to Everyone, in the autumn of 2022. Her highly anticipated first album, Snow Angel, is scheduled for release in August, just before her inaugural international tour. While Season 3 of The Sex Lives of College Girls marks her departure from the show, Rapp's onscreen journey continues as she is set to reprise her role as Regina George in the film adaptation of Mean Girls: The Musical.

Expressing her gratitude for the opportunities the series has brought her, Rapp took to social media to share her reflections on her exit, stating, "College girls moved me out to L.A. and introduced me to some of my favorite people. Two and a half years later—it's given me y'all and this community. Thank you, Mindy, Justin, and everyone at Max for believing in me. Queer representation often goes unrecognized, but portraying Leighton has profoundly impacted my life. I love myself ten times more now than before I knew her. I hope she has brought you a sense of empowerment too, even in her small role. Every bit of representation matters. I wouldn't be the person I am today without her and all of you. I adore that character more than you can imagine. I am thrilled for this season, and I can't wait for you to witness what lies ahead for her and the girls."

What Is The Sex Lives of College Girls About?

The Sex Lives of College Girls, created by Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble, revolves around the lives of four roommates attending the esteemed Essex College in New England. Season two picks up as the students return from their fall break, grappling with the challenges they encountered in the previous season and embarking on a new semester filled with fresh faces, parties, and dilemmas. The series also features Pauline Chalamet, Amrit Kaur, and Alyah Chanelle Scott in prominent roles, along with Mekki Leeper, Christopher Meyer, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, Lolo Spencer, Renika Williams, and Mitchell Slaggert as series regulars for Season 2.

In a previous interview with Deadline, Reneé Rapp shared her insights on her character, Leighton, stating, "I believe that Leighton has exhibited a certain level of warmth—though my manager is laughing at me because apparently Leighton is not known for that. [Laughs]. I'm running on two brain cells." She further added, "But yes, I genuinely think she has a certain level of warmth. Whether the audience agrees with me or not, she becomes more authentic as she comes out, and I think that's incredibly heartwarming to witness."

The third season of The Sex Lives of College Girls is set to premiere exclusively on Max at a later date.

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