This past weekend at Wondercon the cast (KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Ashleigh Murray, Luke Perry, Madchen Amick & Marisol Nichols) and Executive Producers Sarah Schechter, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and Jon Goldwater talk Molly Ringwald, romance, off screen friendships, secrets, and what we can expect for the rest of season one.
The panel was so much fun! The cast seems extremely close, especially KJ Apa (Archie) and Cole Sprouse (Jughead) who have developed quite the bromance that translates well on screen. Cole mentioned that KJ told him a secret about himself that solidified their friendship. They wouldn’t reveal what that secret was, but Cole teased it was quite erotic. There are a ton of secrets in Riverdale, it’s not surprising they have some off screen as well. Lili Reinhart (Betty) and Camila Mendes (Veronica) said they love that they can tackle these characters together and that there’s not one without the other (cue the awws). They were asked about the possibility of a Betty-Veronica romance in which Executive Producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa chimed in: “never say never”; there is hope! Lili wanted to remind everyone that she doesn’t write the show, so don’t get mad at her if they don’t get together.
Ashleigh Murray (Josie) hopes her character finds a love interest, but that Josie doesn’t have time for anyone who doesn’t have time for her! Madchen Amick (Alice Cooper) teased that the secrets revealed in last week’s episode was only the tip of the iceberg and that she has so many secrets with everyone that the show could span 10 years.
Molly Ringwald is joining the show as Mary Andrews and we saw a small clip of her first appearance! Luke Perry (Fred Andrews) talked how he wasn’t so sure about Molly Ringwald playing his wife and Archie’s mom at first, but after watching her work he admitted he was wrong. KJ is one lucky guy, having Luke Perry as his dad and Molly Ringwald as his mom. Marisol Nichols (Hermione Lodge) talked about how her character, “has committed some bad things” to Mary and there’s a lot of history between them that gets explored in the next few episodes.
The cast loves the music on this show, they constantly sing along together, which Cole Sprouse apparently hates. He said he survived the Disney Channel without having to sing, but we all remember, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”, nice try Cole. Ashleigh said she used to hate hearing herself sing, but playing this iconic character has helped with that. EP Roberto said Veronica is still a Pussycat so her singing days are not behind her! The moderator also teased that we get to hear Betty sing in a future episode.
They also teased that the season one finale is a shocker! The entire cast did not see it coming and didn’t find out until the table read. KJ said he guessed who the killer was before he knew, but that’s hindsight bias at work. We are in for a treat!
The executive producers also would love to have a halloween special that could incorporate “Afterlife with Archie”: it’s Archie meets zombie-apocalypse. They also all but confirmed a season two appearance by the teenage witch herself, Sabrina!
Watch Riverdale on The CW, Thursdays at 9pm.