10 things we learned about 'Riverdale' from Cole Sprouse's Q&A on Reddit
Will Jughead ever tell Archie to stop being a little b-tch?
Yesterday, Riverdale actor and
your my new internet boyfriend Cole Sprouse gave us all a lovely surprise when he dropped in on Reddit to answer some very important questions about himself, and the popular television series.
Here are the top 10 questions and answers that we think you should know about, in that particular order. (Warning: you'll only get some of his answers if you've already seen the series).
1. What is Riverdale?
"Riverdale is a post apocalyptic soft core porno set around the Scooby Doo universe."
2. What angsty music Jughead is blasting on those headphones as he stomps around the Riverdale corridors?
3. Is Jughead ever going to tell Archie to stop being a little b-tch?
Cole's answer: "Is Fred?"
"Archie is this universe's center. He's the figurehead. The Icon. Because of the new tone this universe took, much of our cast and crew were wondering if people would enjoy the direction Riverdale was taking. Riverdale is, after all, different from the digests. Yet, Archie is Riverdale. Riverdale is Archie. What may have been an easy story to sell with troubled Jughead, would have been much more unpalatable as the figurehead of the universe. It might be more valuable to view the Andrews clan, their purity, their goodwill, and their hardships as a reflection of the town itself."
4. Does Jughead f-ck?
"Jughead makes love."
5. What about Jughead's sexuality? (He's asexual in the comics, BTW.)
"To give depth to asexual Jughead, it first needs to be stated that Jughead's sexuality was a recent character development. Chip Zdarsky [the author of the Jughead comic book series] made it canon in his more modern universe. In all other universes (including the digests), Jughead was either (a) a woman hater, or (b) aromantic. Aromantic Jughead and asexual Jughead are two different kinds of representation that deserve separate attention and discussion, as the two orientations are different and don't deserve to be grouped."
"Jughead is 16 going on 17 (as of episode 10). Sexuality is fluid. And where his sexuality is headed has, already, been heavily discussed. How closely Jughead is going to resemble either Zdarsky's universe or the digest remains to be seen. As an actor, I can only lend myself so much. Riverdale is a new universe, and we first need to think of Jughead as a human agent within his environment, his decisions about his sexuality are going to be informed by his upbringing and his immediate and long-term desires. Betty and Jughead's coupling are a great example of such an informed decision."
6. What's Season 2 going to be like?
"Darker and weirder. Much darker. Much weirder. Tone and genre, elements that we touched upon in the cinematography and narrative are getting a big emphasis in Season 2."
7. Which was your favourite Riverdale episode to film?
"I loved episode 7. The dream sequence with all the original outfits were an awesome throwback. Made me want a Madmen meets Archie show."
8. How did you feel when you were told that you got the role of Jughead?
"Playing comic characters is tough. I come from a big comic background myself, even worked at a comic shop for a while in Hollywood. When characters I loved were translated to live action I would easily become angry at their representation if it didn't match my idea of them. Comic fans are an incendiary group, and so proper representation can make or break a project."
"The good thing about the Archie universe is how wide open it is. Lots of strange things have happened in the universe over the many years and so there was never really 'one kind of Archie'. It made Riverdale an understandable adaptation, and thankfully people have latched on and enjoyed this version."
9. What has been the most difficult part of transferring Jughead from the comics to the silver screen?
"The comedy. Jughead was the comedy relief, and I know a large community of fans still want him to be that character. Given the darker setting of the show, it's been a hard reflection. The writers and i have tried to do justice to this character trait by Jughead's comedy being grounded as a defence mechanism. Give his humour a darker tone while keeping true to the comics."
10. What show would you want Riverdale to crossover with?
"Sabrina the Teenage Witch. There are rumours circulating already, and because it's an Archie Comics property, it would be an easy integration. My only criterion for crossovers is that they don't break the universe."
Until the next episode of Riverdale is released, here's some behind-the-scenes photos taken by the live version of Forsythe Pendleton Jones III.