Reneé Rapp “started doing drugs” in high school.
The 23-year-old star was “always acting” as a child but started struggling with school grades as a teenager and ended up being a “very unhappy” individual.
She said: “From the moment I had the idea, I was like, ‘I want to be Beyoncé. My dad kicked me out of the house once. But when I actually left the house, he was like,’ The fuck* are you going?’ It’s very confusing. I’m always on stage and my parents turn everything into a performance opportunity. At my great-grandmother’s funeral when I sang “Amazing Grace” , she was literally buried in the ground because I was like, “How could I do this? My grades started to get really bad,” and I started to just… Honestly, I started doing drugs in North Carolina. I was like, ‘Whatever, fuck it.’ I started to be a very unhappy person .”
Renee then decided to compete in the National High School Musical Awards—often referred to as the Jimmy Awards—because a girl at her school did the same to get an agent after choosing not to go to college. After winning the competition, Regina Regina George starred in the Broadway musical Mean Girls.
Renee – who will also star in the big screen musical adaptation of the 2004 hit film – told NME: “I told my parents I would do what that girl did and I did. I know those f*** ***Watched us rehearse every day, so there are videos online of me with fierce eyes.” My friends laugh at me now, but I’m like, ‘Guys, I really don’t want to go to college. I have to win so I can be seen by a proxy.
“Super transparent, I love being Mean Girls on Broadway, but I’m also very sick. I’ve struggled with an eating disorder my whole life, and a lot has happened to me during that time. So the most important thing I’m doing right now is trying to get myself Get ready and go into the filming environment with a healthier mindset. Because I don’t want to get into any trouble again.”