"TSLOCG"'s Charlie Hall Says He Forgot to Warn His Parents About His Love Scenes: "I Realized, 'Oh Sh*t'"
Charlie Hall is becoming a familiar face thanks to his role in "The Sex Lives of College Girls" season two. The 25-year-old actor plays Andrew, Whitney's (Alyah Chanelle Scott) lab partner and love interest, who has viewers all riled up.
Prior to the HBO Max dramedy, Hall snagged his fair share of TV roles in shows like "Bel Air," "Love Victor," and "Single Drunk Female." He tells POPSUGAR he decided to pursue his acting career toward the end of his senior year of college at Northwestern University, where he also played basketball. "It was something I was always interested in because of the comedy aspect of it," Hall says. "I had inklings of wanting to be in entertainment, but my life was pretty basketball focused and I just was unsure of what I wanted to do and had never entirely considered acting as something I could sort of do full-time. [Then] I was like, 'Oh yeah, I could do this,' once it kind of clicked for me."
"I don't think they wanted to push me into it or push me away from it."
Though Hall has made quite the impression on "The Sex Lives of College Girls," there's another reason you may recognize him — his famous parents: "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her husband, "Saturday Night Live" alum Brad Hall. The young actor — who accompanied Louis-Dreyfus to the White House State Dinner on Dec. 1 — seems to be following in their footsteps. In fact, Hall says he often asks them for insightful industry advice.
"Definitely acting tips," he shares. "I actually, still to this day, do a lot of my self-tape auditions with my parents, which is an awesome tool to have. Obviously, they give me notes on takes and stuff. In terms of navigating the business though . . . they were pretty [much] sort of on the sidelines letting me figure it out. I don't think they wanted to push me into it or push me away from it. Just kind of let me decide what to do and how to do it."
Hall's parents are quite supportive of his budding career. Louis-Dreyfus even bragged about the rising actor after his "The Sex Lives of College Girls" casting news was announced. "That's my boy," she captioned an Aug. 15 Instagram post.
Looking ahead, Hall says he has a few other TV and movie projects lined up, including an HBO Max rom-com titled "Sweethearts" starring Kiernan Chipka and Nico Hiraga, as well as roles in season two of Disney+'s "Big Shot" and Freeform's "Single Drunk Female." Read ahead for everything else we've learned about the actor.
He Started His Acting Career With a Cameo on One of His Mom's TV Shows
Before taking on his role as Whitney's obnoxious know-it-all lab partner in "The Sex Lives of College Girls," Hall appeared in shows like "Big Shot" and a film titled "Moxie." However, his first speaking role came about in his mother's show "Veep," where she starred as politician Selina Meyer, and he had a cameo in season seven playing a character named Eddie Axler.
"It was actually (showrunner) Dave Mandel's idea, God bless him," Louis-Dreyfus shared during a 2019 appearance on "Late Night With Seth Meyers," per the Chicago Tribune. "There was this role of an inappropriately young boyfriend to a record executive who's in his 50s, and Dave said, 'Hey, maybe Charlie can play that part'' And I said, 'Sure, I'll ask him.'" Even though the actor supports her son's career today, Louis-Dreyfus admitted she was "terrified" about Hall's cameo because she "thought he might screw it up." "Sorry, honey."
He Has an Older Brother Who Dabbles in Music
Hall has a 30-year-old older brother named Henry, who's also been out and about with the famous family at several red carpet events. Though he may not have as many acting credits as his younger brother, Henry pursued another path in the entertainment industry: music. He started his solo career and released his first album, titled "Neato," in October 2020.
He Played College Basketball For Northwestern University
Prior to his acting career, Hall attended Northwestern University, where he played basketball. Louis-Dreyfus, being the supportive mother she is, went to some of his games and raved about them during a 2017 appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" "It has been a thrilling ride," she told the show's audience. Of cheering her two kids on in their endeavors, she added, "All my life I've gone to every game, every concert, every everything. I have to say I'm watching them, and I just do that . . . I don't think about how I look, I'm in my Birkenstocks, and I look like an idiot . . . [But] it was really an exciting thing."
He Created His Own Comedy Web Series
Hall created his four-part YouTube comedy series, "Sorry, Charlie," in January 2020 when he was still a student at Northwestern, according to People. He also wrote and directed it alongside his friend and former classmate Jack Price. Additionally, Hall's parents, who he said "have a ton of experience writing and reading scripts," helped with "Sorry, Charlie"'s writing process. The actor told People he'd been creating videos since he was a kid but called his web series his "most official" project at that time.
He Forgot to Warn His Parents About His "Sex Lives of College Girls" Love Scenes
In "The Sex Lives of College Girls," Hall's Andrew has a handful of steamy scenes with Whitney, from the science lab to the library and even the school's basketball court — all of which the actor says he forgot to warn his parents about. "You know, what's so funny is just the other day I realized, 'Oh sh*t, my parents might see that and I forgot to call them,'" he shares. "I actually will [probably] just give them the time stamp of that library scene and just be like, 'Hey, when you're watching, just go ahead and skip these two minutes right here.'"
Hall says he doesn't think his parents have watched the show just yet. "Or if they have, they haven't told me and I hope they never do," he adds jokingly. "As of now, I don't think they've seen it. So I can still avoid disaster."
He Loves Being Behind and in Front of the Camera as an Actor
Though Hall admits it's hard to choose between his love for acting and writing, he says he prefers acting "ever so slightly," at least right now. "I really like it all," he adds. "The web series was so much fun. That actually is kind of what helped me come to the realization that I wanted to act. So I guess, in that way, maybe I prefer being in front of the camera, but I do have a passion for writing, as well as producing and stuff, and have projects and development on that end as well. So it's really close . . . Writing is sort of a therapeutic exercise for me. I write a ton in my free time. And so, I would say that acting by a hair and then writing is a very close second and I love both a ton."
He Helped Support His Mother Through Her Breast Cancer Recovery
Louis-Dreyfus announced her battle with breast cancer in September 2017 and a year later revealed that she was in remission. In a 2020 interview with People, Hall opened up about his mother's diagnosis and said, "It's a struggle to have that happen to your mom." However, he stayed relatively optimistic throughout her recovery. "I felt pretty lucky," he added. "Both just with the care she was able to receive and also the support from our family and friends and people reaching out to me and stuff. I think we all very much felt like we had a team, that we were not alone."