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Reneé Rapp & Jacob Elordi Play Celebrity Lip Readers in Sketch – Billboard


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Reneé Rapp is taking a little break from music to brush on her lip-reading skills.

The 24-year-old Mean Girls star, who made her musical guest debut during Saturday Night Live on Jan. 20, joined host and Saltburn star Jacob Elordi in a hilarious sketch about “professional lip-readers” who attempt to decipher secret conversations between celebrity couples like Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce.

“We pick up on extremely subtle lip movements and body language to decipher exactly what someone might be saying,” Elordi explains to a pair of Entertainment Tonight hosts, played by SNL cast members Heidi Gardner and Ego Nwodim.

After Elordi and his sharply dressed parter Bowen Yang attempt — and fail — to accurately read the lips of celebs like Timothée Chalamet, Kylie Jenner and Jennifer Lawrence from recent awards ceremonies, the ET hosts skeptically question their skills.

“Our lip readings hold up in court — we’ve had people put away for life!” Elordi says defensively. Yang’s character adds, “We’ll show you. We just need assistance from our little lesbian intern Reneé.”

Rapp, dressed in a black blazer and white shirt with matching tie, steps out to inform viewers that she’s been assigned “40 hours of court-ordered media training” because she’s been “going absolutely off in every single interview lately.”

The Broadway vet proceeds to show off her lip-reading skills by reading the lips of attorny Kristin VanOrman and Gwyneth Paltrow from the actress’ 2023 ski collision trial.

Watch the “Entertainment Tonight Lip-Readers” SNL sketch below. For those without cable, the broadcast streams on Peacock, which you can sign up for at the link here. Having a Peacock account also gives fans access to previous SNL episodes.

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