Charlie Hall on ‘The Sex Lives of College Girls,’ ‘Bel-Air,’ and His Upcoming Projects

Charlie Hall can currently be seen in the second season of The Sex Lives of College Girls on HBO Max and will also return for season 2 of Peacock’s Bel-Air. His upcoming work includes the feature film Sweethearts and a recurring role on Freeform’s Single Drunk Female

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The Sex Lives of College Girls follows four college roommates that attend New England’s prestigious Essex College. To start, we discussed joining the cast of the comedy as Andrew and what the experience has been like.

“It was really in a lot of ways like a dream come true to be able to kind of hop on the train that’s already moving at these incredible speeds in the right direction. I’ve always been such an enormous fan of Mindy, the first season, and everybody’s performance,” Charlie Hall expressed. “I would have been an extra, and I would have been incredibly happy to do so. To be in it is just such a joy. It was so much fun and yeah, it’s just been incredible.”

He also opened up about how you never actually know the extent of your character’s role or his their arc.

“You really don’t know up top exactly what’s gonna happen or even how involved he’s gonna be,” the actor explained to me. “He starts in a spot that is super unlikable and I don’t know if he ever entirely leaves that area but to just see how he develops and see how he goes along with Whitney was, I would say, really sort of exhilarating because it was kind of super challenging performatively and really fun to kind of watch that arc and play it out with Alyah, who is so immensely talented.”

As for what he’s looking forward to fans seeing, it’s pretty simple: “Andrew is kind of a bit of a dick, I’d say, so to watch him feel embarrassed is really fun. There are moments of embarrassment and that is always a blast to play and watch. I very much enjoy watching people that you don’t like sort of have moments of embarrassment.”

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When he looks back now, he can’t help but reflect on how positive and fun the set was:

“When you’re coming into a show on the second season, that can be kind of alienating because everyone knows each other already and you’re the new kid in school but everybody was so welcoming from the get-go that I just felt included from the start, which made my job so easy because it’s so easy to have fun and play around in a comedy when you feel comfortable. I would say honestly, just getting the watch all four girls interact when the cameras aren’t recording was the kind of thing that I took with me. Their chemistry off-screen is just as captivating, they are so funny and they all really loved each other, and to watch that play out is something that I’ll really, really take with me. On a show like that, it’s fun when you know that behind the scenes, they’re just as great and they play off each other just as well. So watching that was a total joy.”

I also asked him about his favorite dynamics and of course, he mentioned Andrew and Whitney, revealing how much fun it was to do as well as who he would have liked more scenes with:

“It’s a strange one, there’s kind of intensity to it and competitiveness to it that’s really fun. Obviously, Whitney comes from a sports background and while Andrew does, I do too– like Charlie does. So channeling that attitude was easy and really, really fun. I got a little bit of time with Amrit, but I wish that I got more. I just think she’s so funny and we had a couple of scenes early on in the classroom together, but if there was one person that I wish I had some more stuff with it would be Bela. I just think her character is so funny and outrageous, but still, you know, rounded and relatable.”

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Next, Hall will be in Sweethearts alongside Kiernan Shipka. He described to me how shooting a movie is almost like being at a camp since you always manage to get close to everyone involved, even if you’re only with them for a short period of time.

Sweethearts was so much fun and Kiernan is literally a dream, could not be better at her job and also better as a human,” he praised his co-star. “It was the best group of people to be at camp with possible and the movie itself is sort of a college-age, almost a party-type comedy.”

The actor continued to say how different his role in the film is compared to Andrew, mentioning how he actually went back and forth, playing the characters at the same time, which was a big yet rewarding acting challenge.

“For me, you kind of figure out what you relate to about whoever you’re playing and these guys are both so different, but there were things about each of them that were similar or similar to me as a person,” he shared. “Finding the crossover, I think, between these really different characters was really fun.”

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Season 2 of Bel-Air is currently set to premiere on February 23, 2023, on Peacock. We spoke about what it was like to continue the story, which imagines the beloved sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air through a new, dramatic take on Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air.

“It’s a really cool kind of fresh take on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and then also, I’m mostly into comedies. So to do Bel-Air also presented kind of a really cool challenge to live in a little bit different world just somatically and of course, playing basketball. I love basketball and I get to play a ton in Bel-Air so that was super fun to really play basketball, especially with Jabari, who plays Will,” he said. “So all the basketball that we do on Bel-Air is real.”

The actor will also be seen in Single Drunk Female, which centers around Samantha, who is forced to move back home with her overbearing mother and sober up in order to avoid jail time after a public flame-out at a New York media company. The show was just renewed for a second season.

Single Drunk Female is such a fun project. It’s the closest to like my actual age that I get to do,” he voiced. “That whole cast is unbelievably talented, and they really seamlessly kind of move from being hilarious to being really sentimental and touching performances, and that’s really hard to do. Sofia is so talented. But that show in general has been such a blast. I already know everyone over there well, so it really feels like family at this point and that’s always really nice, when you feel at home with the people you’re working with. That makes your job super easy, and season two, I think is, dare I say, even better than season one, which I thought was fantastic.”

In the future, Hall told me that he would love to do a horror movie, especially one that blends the genre with a little bit of comedy. “I was just thinking about this recently cause I love horror movies. They really scare the shit out of me but I really can’t stop watching them,” he concluded. “I would love to be just brutally murdered, doesn’t get more fun than to be brutally murdered.”