“The Sex Lives of College Girls” star Alyah Chanelle Scott said she was grateful to explore Whitney Chase’s character’s identity outside of being a star athlete at Essex College during season two.
“My initial reaction was just gratitude,” Scott told of her reaction to learning about Whitney Ark this season. “I was so grateful that they gave her the chance to find out right now, because that’s often the case with young people.”
She added, “I felt that way at one point and I kind of still do.”
Created by Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble, “SLOCG” returns for a second season on November 17.
The season premiere showed the main characters — Whitney, Kimberly Finkel (Pauline Chalamet), Bella Malhotra (Amrit Kaur), and Leighton Murray (Renee Rabe) — returning to college after the Thanksgiving break.
Much of Whitney’s journey in season one centered on her exceptional skills as a soccer player, her secret relationship with her coach, and her sometimes strained relationship with her mother.
When Whitney returns to Essex for a new term from her junior year, football season is over and she is forced to reassess who she is without the sport.
After a failed attempt to join the water polo team, despite not knowing how to play the game, Whitney realizes she has no interests outside of soccer and feels lost. She has no idea what she wants to do with her life and does not plan for her future like some of her peers do.
Scott said that she, like Whitney, often “still gets it right in the moment”.
“It’s rare when you get into a situation and know exactly what you want, especially college, and know what you want to get out of and who you want to be at the end of it, and the things you need to do,” she said.
Scott added, “It’s a lot of pressure to have a young person who’s just trying to be happy and at the same time just trying to figure out how to be a person.”
In the third episode, Whitney decides she doesn’t want to be the “super athlete who only takes easy lessons.” So, she joins Bella’s biochemistry class, which is one of the toughest courses, because she wants to test herself and determine what she’s good at.
Despite studying hard for a biochemistry test, Whitney got a 62 but chose to stay with the class and continue pushing herself, rather than take the easy way out by dropping out of class.
The first four episodes of season two of “The Sex Lives of College Girls” are broadcast on HBO Max. The 10-episode season continues with two new episodes per week until the season finale on December 15th.