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'The Sex Lives of College Girls' star Alyah Chanelle Scott says she's 'so grateful' that Whitney gets to explore her identity outside of being an athlete this season

INSIDER 2 days ago osingh@insider.com (Olivia Singh)
Alyah Chanelle Scott as Whitney on season two, episode two of "The Sex Lives of College Girls." HBO Max © HBO Max Alyah Chanelle Scott as Whitney on season two, episode two of "The Sex Lives of College Girls." HBO Max
  • "The Sex Lives of College Girls" star Alyah Chanelle Scott spoke to Insider about season two. 
  • Scott said she's "grateful" that Whitney gets to explore her identity outside of soccer this time.
  • The actor said Whitney's journey of figuring things out during college is similar to many young people.

"The Sex Lives of College Girls" star Alyah Chanelle Scott said that she was grateful to explore her character Whitney Chase's identity outside of being a star athlete at Essex College during season two. 

"My initial reaction was just gratitude," Scott told Insider of her reaction to learning Whitney's arc this season. "I was so grateful that they gave her the chance to find it out in the moment, because that's so often the case with young people."

"I felt that way at one point and I still kind of feel that way," she added.

"SLOCG," created by Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble, returned for season two on November 17.

The season premiere showed the main characters — Whitney, Kimberly Finkle (Pauline Chalamet), Bela Malhotra (Amrit Kaur), and Leighton Murray (Reneé Rapp) — heading back to college following Thanksgiving break. 

Pauline Chalamet, Reneé Rapp, Alyah Chanelle Scott, and Amrit Kaur on season two, episode one of "The Sex Lives of College Girls." Courtesy of HBO Max © Courtesy of HBO Max Pauline Chalamet, Reneé Rapp, Alyah Chanelle Scott, and Amrit Kaur on season two, episode one of "The Sex Lives of College Girls." Courtesy of HBO Max

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 mom. 

When Whitney returns to Essex for a new semester of her freshman year, soccer season has ended and she's forced to reevaluate 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 that she has no interests outside of soccer and feels lost. She has no idea what she wants to do with her life and doesn't have her future planned out the way some of her peers do. 

Renika Williams and Alyah Chanelle Scott on season one, episode nine of "The Sex Lives of College Girls." Courtesy of HBO Max © Courtesy of HBO Max Renika Williams and Alyah Chanelle Scott on season one, episode nine of "The Sex Lives of College Girls." Courtesy of HBO Max

Scott said that, like Whitney, she's often "still figuring it out in the moment."

"It's rare that you go into a situation and know exactly what you want, especially college, and know what you want to get out of it and who you want to be at the end of it, and the things you need to be doing to set yourself up," she said.

Scott added, "That's so much pressure to put on a young person who is just trying to be happy and at the same time is just trying to figure out how to be a person."

Alyah Chanelle Scott on season two, episode four of "The Sex Lives of College Girls." Katrina Marcinowski/HBO Max © Katrina Marcinowski/HBO Max Alyah Chanelle Scott on season two, episode four of "The Sex Lives of College Girls." Katrina Marcinowski/HBO Max

By episode three, Whitney decides that she doesn't want to be the "token athlete who only takes easy classes." So, she joins Bela's biochemistry class, one of the toughest courses, because she wants to test herself and determine what she's good at. 

Despite studying hard for a biochem test, Whitney gets a 62 but chooses to stick with the class and keep pushing herself, rather than take the easy way out by dropping the class. 

The first four episodes of season two of "The Sex Lives of College Girls" are streaming on HBO Max. The 10-episode season continues with two new episodes weekly leading up to the season finale on December 15.

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