Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart React to Bughead Shippers
The Archie/Betty/Veronica triangle may be iconic, but fans of The CW’s Riverdale have fallen head-over-heels for a different love story.
Fans are falling hard for Jughead and Betty, which is a pleasant surprise for actors Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart.
Cole awkwardly kicks things off in a recent interview, claiming all that love from fans has left him... “aroused.”
That's a joke of course; really he finds the whole thing very “flattering.”
Swooping in with a more serious response, Lili points out how much of a departure the relationship is from the comics.
“I think because it's a little bit unexpected in a way, you know, because Jughead is kinda doing his own thing in the comics, so to see him relate to a girl is — you know, people are excited about that,” the 20-year-old actress tells PopSugar.
“Unexpected” is an understatement. Jughead has been famously asexual for decades.
"In multiple iterations he's asexual, in some iterations he's aromantic, and I think because this is a new universe this is definitely a different iteration,” Cole explains.
The cast and crew were concerned about the new direction, but everything seems to have worked out in the end.
"This is something that was kind of uncharted territory, and we didn't really know if it was gonna take,” Cole reveals. “But it did, and people really love it. It got a huge response."
Both actors feel the show built a perfect world for this unlikely pairing.
Lili sees a lot of similarity between the two, pointing out their outsider status.
"I think from our show's perspective, they're both so opposite on the outside in their appearances, but they're very similar on the inside; they're both kinda these tortured souls in a way, don't you think?”
She continues, “So I mean, they're both kind of on the outside a little bit, and I think that's what brings them together."
While Cole agrees that Bughead have a lot more in common than what meets the eye, he has an entirely different perspective on the matter.
"I think both of them have a great appreciation and nostalgia and fondness for a more pure, more better version of Riverdale . . . a more wholesome version of Riverdale.”
Cole’s own brooding poet starts showing as he continues to describe their couple’s desire for a better time.
“And so I think that yearning to sort of prove that it can still be a place that is good and not some sort of place of darkness is what drove them both to really, truly see it take that iteration once again," he begins,
"A more childlike, a more beautiful, flowery kind of iteration. And I think that similar passion is also the thing that sort of brought them close at the end of the day, and I think there's truth in that."
That’s powerful stuff.
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Riverdale airs Thursdays at 9 p.m ET on The CW.
Check out more of Wetpaint’s coverage of the CW’s Riverdale here:
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Here’s Everything We Know So Far About Riverdale Season 2
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