Ilia Isorelýs Paulino has one easy request for The Sex Lives of College Girls season two. “I need to see Lila f*cking!” she advised me throughout some of the entertaining Zoom interviews I’ve carried out thus far. On the Mindy Kaling- and Justin Noble-produced HBO Max show, Paulino grew to become an instantaneous fan favourite as Lila, a wisecracking Essex Faculty pupil who works at Sips espresso store alongside Kimberly (Pauline Chalamet) and Canaan (Christopher Meyer). Although she solely has a handful of strains in season one, Lila all the time packs a comedic punch, doling out completely timed jokes and side-eye galore – and I can personally attest that Paulino herself is simply as hysterical when the cameras cease rolling.

The 26-year-old daughter of Dominican immigrants, Paulino had a fairly circuitous journey to performing. “I used to be this child with a very thick Spanish accent, and I simply actually needed to have mates,” she advised me. “Everybody satisfied me that I’d be good at sports activities as a result of I am 6’2″, and spoiler alert: I am not. I am unable to run. Apparently, so I have been advised, that is necessary in sports activities.” Paulino discovered her true calling at age 13 when a pal dragged her alongside to audition for a an area theater manufacturing of Magnificence and the Beast. She wound up touchdown the lead function because the Beast. “I used to be in love, and I used to be like, ‘That is it,'” she stated of the challenge.

After finding out musical theater in undergrad and graduating from Yale’s faculty of drama in 2020, Paulino scored a small function within the film Queenpins alongside Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, however The Intercourse Lives of Faculty Women is her true breakout debut. Her portrayal of Lila received over throngs of viewers, who flooded social media with reward for the character’s unabashed boldness and authenticity.

“It is overwhelming, however in the easiest way. It is like taking a shower with some darkish chocolate,” she stated of seeing all of the optimistic suggestions. Furthermore, Paulino was thrilled to symbolize a lady who’s “not a dimension two and is comfy in who they’re.” “I believe persons are not solely prepared, they’re hungry to see [someone like Lila],” she stated. “It is like getting fed vanilla ice cream all this time and it is like, ‘Sh*t, I like vanilla ice cream, nevertheless it will get outdated.'”

“I actually, actually hope these school women which might be little thickums, they go put on that crop high and that little skirt and shake their ass.”

One significantly memorable scene starring Lila comes within the season one finale when she struts into the Something However Garments occasion carrying a crop high and skirt made solely of wrapped condoms. It meant “the whole lot” for Paulino to confidently exhibit her curves within the scene. She even satisfied the costume design crew to shorten the hemline by two inches. “My legs are my favourite characteristic. We received to indicate them off!” she stated, including that she hopes it conjures up others to do the identical. “I actually, actually hope that these school women which might be little thickums, they go put on that crop high and that little skirt and shake their ass.”

The ladies who marvel at Lila’s contraceptive-themed getup and ask for her male gifting recommendation on the present wound up becoming Paulino’s close friends in real life, too. As a result of the cast is replete with relative newcomers to the scene – together with Alyah Chanelle Scott (Whitney), Amrit Kaur (Bela), and Reneé Rapp (Leighton), amongst others – the actors bonded over being concerned within the extremely anticipated challenge collectively. “For lots of us, that is the most important factor that we now have carried out thus far, so there was a way of like, ‘What does that button do? What does that imply?’ We had been experiencing issues for the primary time collectively,” she stated. “Additionally everyone seems to be simply so rattling cool and all the way down to earth. There isn’t any one on that set that I would not simply seize a beer with or simply shoot the sh*t and in my sweats with.”

With 10 episodes of expertise and rave reviews under their belts, the forged might be returning for season two. Increasing on her aforementioned hopes for Lila’s character development, Paulino added, “We’re on a present about women who f*ck, and I believe Lila was one of many solely ones that wasn’t f*cking, so I really need her to f*ck. And I actually need to see her with a boy that makes her nervous. I believe it could take lots for a dude to fluster her, however to see somebody who’s so assured and loud and so herself paired with somebody who sort of makes her fumble her phrases or makes her sweat could be a lot enjoyable and would simply present one other aspect that we did not get to see in season one.” Um, sure please! I am very a lot right here for that plot twist.

When you’re itching to catch Paulino on display screen exterior of Lila’s pink Sips uniform, you are in luck, as a result of the rising expertise has fairly a number of tasks within the works for the brand new yr. She’s set to star alongside Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg (NBD!) in Netflix’s Me Time, a comedy film anticipated to drop in 2022. She additionally performed coy about “one other characteristic for a streaming service that’s nonetheless confidential,” and she’s going to quickly jet off to South Africa for a special challenge. Speak about booked and busy!

Paulino’s dream function – not that she’s ungrateful for these she’s landed to date, she promised – could be enjoying Fran Positive in a modern-day reboot of The Nanny. “The outfits that b*tch will get to put on? Oh my goodness,” she stated. And everyone knows she’d rock ’em with the identical confidence she rocks Lila’s iconic condom costume.

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