Renée Rapp, former The Sex Lives of College Girls star, talked about the inspiration for the title track of her newly released first album, Snow Angel.
On Jay Shetty’s On Purpose podcast, the actress and singer talked about a traumatic experience in which she was drugged and went “missing for seven hours.”
Rapp recalled a night out in early 2022 with a new group of friends. The 23-year-old shared that she was enjoying a sense of freedom for the first time in a while after going through a breakup, despite her close friends and family having warned her about these new friends.
“I really let my judgment go when it came to the people that were around me,” Rapp said. She added, “We were all out, and it was just situation after situation where they were just not trustworthy, and then the next thing you knew, I was face up, laying down in a bathroom stall in a hotel bar, just waking up at 5 in the morning, completely alone.”
Rapp stated that she woke up confused with blood on her clothes and two missed texts from 10 p.m. from persons she had been with the night before.
“I was drugged, and I had just been missing for seven hours,” Rapp said. “I stopped being friends with those people and stopped doing as much partying as I was doing. I told my parents, told some of my friends. I explained it in a very matter-of-fact way, and they were all very concerned and I didn’t even understand what was happening.”
Rapp also said that she didn’t start dealing with the situation for a few months and when she did, she realized she wanted, or needed, to write a song about it. Alexander 23, a.k.a. Alexander Glantz, her friend and co-writer, gave some much-needed encouragement.
“We started writing it, and it was just the two of us. And the entire time I was writing it, I felt nothing,” The actress said. She added, “Until we recorded the song and the whole thing was done and I played it for my friends and my manager and everybody was like, ‘This is insane.’ But for me, that whole year of my life was inherent resilience.”