How Reneé Rapp Went From Theater Kid to Taking Over TikTok and Our Hearts

How Reneé Rapp Went From Theater Kid to Taking Over TikTok and Our Hearts

The Intercourse Lives of School Ladies returns with a steamy Season 2 on Thursday on HBO Max, with all 4 of our favourite Essex School ladies returning. With new episodes of the present and her new EP that dropped final Friday, it seems like a improbable time to speak concerning the absolute powerhouse that’s Miss Reneé Rapp. In case you solely know her as Leighton within the comedy collection, there’s SO a lot to be taught. At solely 22 years outdated, Rapp is slaying the sport with an astounding resume that has taken her from highschool theater gal, to actress, TikTok star, and soul-crushing songwriter.

In case you’re a Broadway fanatic you’ve most likely heard of the Jimmy Awards: this system meant to acknowledge musical theater performances by excessive schoolers and advance them within the realm of the humanities. Regardless of being sick, Renee’s efficiency in 2018 of “All Falls Down” from musical Chaplin gained her the Jimmy for greatest actress, alongside Andrew Barth Feldmen who gained greatest actor, and would go on to be Broadway’s youngest Evan Hansen. So yeah, these awards are sort of a giant deal. This was the catalyst for her profession as she skipped school to go straight to Broadway at 19 years outdated, taking part in the character Regina George in Tina Fey’s musical Imply Ladies. Rapp flourished within the position, drawing extra consideration to her vocal vary.

Since then Rapp has procured the help of feminine producers/comedians like Infinity Stones. After the pandemic turned Broadway darkish, she transitioned from Fey’s highschool Imply Ladies to Mindy Kaling’s intercourse constructive school ladies. In The Intercourse Lives of School Ladies she performs Leighton, a preppy, well-to-do New Yorker grappling with accepting her sexuality. Rapp herself is overtly queer and in an interview for Rapp said, “Leighton’s identification could be very parallel to mine by way of her sexuality. I beloved that [the character] was exploring queerness in a comedic means, as a result of I deal with all the pieces in a comedic means.”

On prime of all this greatness, Rapp is assured to be one of many up and coming singer/songwriters of this technology. Self proclaimed maker of music “for the saddest of bitches,” she began teasing snippets of her unique music on TikTok in March 2022 and followers have been constantly edged for months till her first single “Tattoos” was launched this previous June. After that, two equally gut-wrenching songs, “In The Kitchen” and “Don’t Inform My Mother”, have been launched within the months following. With brutal lyrics like, “So don’t inform my mother, she’s carrying my coronary heart. Her daughter may cry however she’ll be alright,” she is aware of how one can hit her target market proper the place it hurts. The EP, “All the pieces To Everybody”, fed ravenous followers with 4 new songs, together with an intro, with individuals raging over “What Can I Do” as the latest “bi anthem.”

TikTok could be credited partially with how she amassed such a following. An account that began as a couple of movies from her time on Imply Ladies is now a lot extra. From sneak peeks of her songs, behind the scenes shenanigans from The Intercourse Lives of School Ladies, openess about her sexuality, and making general relatable content material for her Gen Z audiences, her TikTok has double the quantity of followers than her different socials at nearly 700k, they usually can’t get sufficient of her. Scrolling by her web page you’ll see feedback like, “I’ve a crush on u,” or, “This music hurts so good,” and, “In Reneé we belief.”


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As a Gen Z’er herself, her songs tackling psychological well being, relationship turmoil, and identification are excellent for a technology who talks so freely about all the above. Her music has discovered a strategy to join her with audiences, herself and her character Leighton’s journey with identification is resonating with audiences who additionally battle to evolve with labels, and her humorous on-line presence is uplifting and comforting, like she’s our collective huge sister. Reneé, we hungrily await your subsequent transfer… Till then, we will’t wait to observe her on Intercourse Lives of School Ladies Season 2.

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