In our Q&A series POPSUGAR Crush, we get to know some of our favorite celebs’ more intimate details — from their first celebrity crush to the best love advice they’ve ever received. This month, we’re crushing on The Sex Lives of College Girls‘s Christopher Meyer.
The premiere of The Sex Lives of College Girls is upon us, and Christopher Meyer has been dreaming about this moment for years. The 25-year-old actor plays Canaan, Kimberly’s (Pauline Chalamet) funny coworker from the coffee shop who eventually becomes her male confidant. Christopher appreciates how his character evolves throughout the season and becomes someone Kimberly can come to for guy help. “Of course, in the first episode, I’m f*cking with her the whole time,” he told POPSUGAR. “Making fun of her circumstances, but it’s just because we didn’t know each other. Then she showed her true colors at the end of the episode when she stuck up for me. At that point, Canaan considers her as a friend and vice versa.”
Being a part of a show like The Sex Lives of College Girls was a much different experience than Christopher is used to — the “complete opposite,” he said truthfully. “Everything I’ve ever worked on has always just been predominantly dudes, and a lot of stories told from male perspectives,” he said. “This is the first time I’ve been on a show with this many women and this many female personalities, but it’s not too different. Everybody’s professional [and] trying to get the best out of each take. But it’s interesting. I just sit back and watch.”
The series, cocreated by Mindy Kaling and writer/producer Justin Noble, follows the lives of four young women — Kimberly, Bela (Amrit Kaur), Leighton (Reneé Rapp), and Whitney (Alyah Chanelle Scott) — at a prestigious New England college. The foursome navigate love, life, and friendship during their freshman year. The show’s “almost entirely female” team of writers — from all different ages and walks of life — make the show so special. “It’s fire, honestly. It’s such a good group,” Christopher said. “I never imagined being on a show that would be revolving around the sex lives of four women. I knew that could possibly be a lane I could occupy, but I didn’t think that I would be a series regular on a kind of show like that. But it’s really interesting and honestly such an amazing experience, in a way, being led by four women and it being a predominantly female show.”
Though it’s way too early to make season two predictions before the show has even been renewed, Christopher hopes that fans will eventually get a chance to see much more from his character — outside of the coffee shop. “I would love to see my character become passionate about something,” he said. “Obviously, the four girls, we all know what they’re in school for. I think I’d probably just want that to become clear for Canaan as well. I’m sure the show is going to get to a point where it’s like, all right, all of this dating stuff is cool but real life is a thing, too. Graduating college and whatever happens after. I guess I’d want to see that manifest for Canaan, see really who he is, and what he’s trying to do with his life.”
All in all, Christopher is having fun with this new role — especially now that he’s gotten more comfortable saying the show’s title out loud. “At first it was funny because I didn’t even realize that this would be uncomfortable until that question was asked,” he said. “I was just looking at it as the name of the project I’m on from an artistic standpoint. So when people started to ask the question, I’d be like, oh sh*t. I have to say The Sex Lives of College Girls right now. But now I definitely say it unapologetically.”
Check out the rest of Christopher’s POPSUGAR Crush interview ahead, and be sure to check out The Sex Lives of College Girls shamelessly on HBO Max.
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