The Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble-led series The Sex Lives of College Girls follows Kimberly, Bela, Leighton, and Whitney as they navigate their freshman year at the prestigious Essex College in Vermont. The four suitemates go through the highs and lows of college life together, as they try to figure out their place on campus and discover who they are.
As college freshmen, Kimberly, Bela, Leighton, and Whitney are around 18 years old. But IRL, how old are the actresses who portray them? What about the upperclassmen and friends that they meet in their first trimester at Essex, such as Leighton’s brother Nico and Kimberly’s Sips coworker Lila? The answers might surprise you. As you stream season 2 of The Sex Lives of College Girls (which debuted on HBO Max on November 17!), here’s everything you need to know about the cast’s real ages.
Pauline Chalamet as Kimberly Finkle
She portrays 18-year-old Kimberly Finkle, but Pauline Chalamet is the oldest of the quad squad. Born January 25, 1992, she is 30 years old.
Alyah Chanelle Scott as Whitney Chase
Alyah Chanelle Scott, who plays soccer star Whitney Chase, is a bit closer to her character’s age. She turned 25 years old in July.
Amrit Kaur as Bela Malhotra
At 29 years old, Amrit Kaur is the second-oldest out of the Essex College suitemates. That makes her about 11 years older than her character, Bela Malhotra.
Reneé Rapp as Leighton Murray
At 22 years old, Reneé Rapp is closer in age to a college senior than a college freshman. But that means she’s only about four years older than her character, Leighton Murray, and is the youngest of the group.
Ilia Isorelýs Paulino as Lila
Ilia Isorelýs Paulino plays fan-favorite character Lila, a student at Essex and Kimberly’s hilariously witty coworker at Sips Café. In real life, Ilia’s 27 years old, so she’s a little less than 10 years older than her Sex Lives of College Girls character.
Christopher Meyer as Canaan
Canaan, portrayed by Christopher Meyer, is also an Essex student and Kimberly’s other Sips coworker. He’s also Whitney’s love interest throughout season 1 and into season 2. IRL, Christopher is 28 years old.
Mekki Leeper as Eric
Mekki Leeper plays Eric, editor of Essex’s prestigious comedy group, The Catullan. Eric is likely between ages 18 and 20, which would mean Mekki is about eight or nine years older than his character.
Mitchell Slaggert as Jackson
Mitchell Slaggert portrays Jackson, a newcomer and transfer student at Essex College in season 2 of The Sex Live of College Girls. Considering he’s in the same dorm building as Kimberly, Bela, Leighton, and Whitney, it’s assumed that he’s also a freshman. In this case, at age 28, Mitchell is about a decade older than Jackson.
Lauren “Lolo” Spencer as Jocelyn
Age: Early to mid-30s
Lauren “Lolo” Spencer plays Jocelyn, an Essex College freshman who lives in Kimberly, Bela, Whitney, and Leighton’s dorm building. In a 2019 interview with CNN, the actress opened up about her ALS diagnosis at age 14 and how she’s lived with the disease for 18 years. According to the article at the time of publication, Lauren was in her early 30s, which would mean she’s likely in her mid-30s now.
Gavin Leatherwood as Nico Murray
Gavin Leatherwood, aka Nico, departed The Sex Lives of College Girls after season 1, but as Kimberly’s love interest, he certainly left an impression. It’s revealed in episode 1 of season 2 that his character is 21 years old, but in real life, Gavin is 28.
Midori Francis as Alicia
Alicia is Leighton’s girlfriend in season 1 of the HBO Max series, but they keep their relationship a secret since Leighton is still closeted. She’s also a student at Essex, but is 28 years old in real life.
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