Reneé Rapp has opened up about being “freaked out” by her sexuality before coming out.
Over the last few years, the star has gained popularity for her hit roles on Broadway and in HBO’s acclaimed comedy The Sex Lives of College Girls (SLOCG).
In addition to her growing resume – which includes a burgeoning music career – Rapp has received praise from LGBTQ+ fans for being open about her bisexuality.
While the Too Well singer is proud of her sexuality, it wasn’t always easy for her to accept.
During a recent interview on the Call Her Daddy podcast, Rapp revealed that growing up in a conservative town made her coming out process difficult.
“I had never heard anything surrounding [being gay] in a positive light because the one queer person that I knew in my life is a family member of mine who I really looked up to, who got absolutely shitted on by everybody in our family,” she revealed.
“[The family member] was bisexual at the time, and they were like, ‘Oh, she needs to pick a side’… I was like, ‘Well, I have to pick a side. Gotta be a lesbian.'”
Rapp added that an enlightening phone call with one of her friends helped her realise that she was bisexual.
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Elsewhere in the interview, Rapp revealed that filming the first season of SLOCG was “terrible” due to her constant panic over her bisexual identity.
“It sucked so bad because, at the time, I was in a heteronormative relationship. I hated going to work, because I was like, ‘I don’t think I’m good enough to be here. I don’t think I can be here. I don’t think I can be doing this,'” she explained.
“I was just in a panic constantly. And I wasn’t [straight] but I was so freaked out by the idea of my sexuality, not being finite or people laughing at me or me laughing at myself that I hated the first year of filming.”
Rapp also reflected on constantly being asked if she was “really gay” by some of the straight and gay men on set.
“So I’m going through set, doing these scenes, and I’m also having gay men come up to me and be like, ‘So are you, like, really gay? I was like, ‘Ugh!'” she said. “It really f***ing pissed me off, and it made me second guess everything about myself.”
While her coming out experience faced a few bumps in the road, the GAY TIMES Amplify star is now living her best life as a confident and openly bisexual multi-hyphenate talent.
Watch Rapp’s full interview here or below.