With the recent action-packed premiere of season two, it’s never been a better time to be a Riverdale fan. After months of waiting, fans were finally thrilled to flex their sleuthing muscles and dive back into the mysteries surrounding Riverdale. Actors KJ Apa (Archie Andrews), Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones), Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper) and Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge) are back, reprising their roles as the core four of the Riverdale squad.
From all of the drama surrounding who shot Fred Andrews, to the mysterious masked vigilante on the loose, and all the new developments in the small town, it looks like this season is shaping up to be as equally thrilling as the first.
Much like the drama found on screen, it seems as though there’s plenty of controversy stemming from behind the scenes. From on-set injuries, fat-shaming comments, and major accidents, there are plenty of behind the scenes secrets to explore.
The town of Riverdale is certainly no stranger to mysterious happenings, as the whodunit style storytelling has clearly garnered plenty of fans since the show’s debut – but what about off-screen?
Here are 15 Dark Secrets Behind Riverdale You Had No Idea About.
15. KJ Apa really broke his hand
In the final moments of the action-packed season one finale, Cheryl Blossom attempted suicide, and off-screen, KJ Apa reportedly broke his hand while filming.
If not for the last-minute efforts of Archie Andrews, Cheryl would have most certainly shared the same fate as her brother Jason. Archie repeatedly punched through a slab of ice in order to rescue Cheryl from drowning in the freezing water below.
After an intense performance by Apa, Cheryl was saved, and Archie’s blood-stained hand looked worse for wear – the character has sported a cast on-screen ever since. Fans praised Apa’s gritty performance, but many were surprised to learn that he actually broke his own hand on set while filming the emotional scene.
14. Lili Reinhart’s struggle with depression
Lili Reinhart recently announced that she has struggled with anxiety and depression for years, stating that people shouldn’t be ashamed about their mental health.
Betty Cooper struggles with similar mental health issues, including battling perfectionism, living up to expectations from her parents, and dealing with her dysfunctional family. Reinhart revealed that she also suffers from severe anxiety.
When Reinhart was eighteen, she was living in Los Angeles and had to struggle with repeated bouts of crippling anxiety. She tried to deal with her mental health problems on her own, but eventually things came to a halt after a severe panic attack.
13. Cole Sprouse fought a street performer while on set in Vancouver
In real life, Cole Sprouse is just as outspoken as his on-screen character, Jughead Jones. Over the summer, the cast of Riverdale was filming season two in Vancouver, and they ran into a few unexpected mishaps. A
street performer was playing music while the cast was working on their next scene. Unfortunately, the music was a little louder than anticipated, and actually caused problems for the filming crew. Eager to mollify the situation, Sprouse stepped in and asked the musician to call it quits. “We’re begging you… we can’t film anything. I know you’re asking for compensation; we’re asking for simply an hour to finish,” Sprouse told the musician, named Babe Coal, who refused and explained that she would need compensation for her time.
Frustrated, Sprouse added, “Just in case you guys don’t know how this works,” Cole said to the crowd. “This is one of the secrets of film production. We give a location the city and then some scam artists come out and start playing and you see when I ask her to stop, she started asking for compensation.”
12. Newbie Vanessa Morgan has been getting death threats
Over the summer, it was announced that actress Vanessa Morgan would be joining the cast of Riverdale for season two. When Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, writer and creator of Riverdale, mentioned that Morgan’s new character will be Toni Topaz, a bisexual character who is said to create some serious trouble for Jughead and Betty’s blossoming romance, things definitely got ugly.
According to an interview, Morgan revealed that diehard Bughead fans immediately lashed out with some serious negativity, including actual death threats. “She’s a Southside Serpent, a gang member, and Jughead’s first friend,” Morgan said about her character, Toni. “I might stir up the pot a bit with the Bughead relationship. There might be a little love triangle.”
11. KJ Apa liked a Fat Shaming Comment on Instagram
New Zealand actor KJ Apa might put an fake accent to play Archie, but he seemingly shares a few traits in common with his character off camera.
On Riverdale, Archie is known for making numerous social blunders, even when his own personal relationships suffer the consequences. Apa’s actions on Instagram came under controversy, after he liked a fat-shaming comment found on the social media outlet. “Making fun of fat people is the only thing that’s gonna stop those useless bags of… dying a fat early death,” the comment read, which Apa liked.
Fans quickly flocked to Twitter, where they voiced their outcry of disapproval, with many saying that they felt disappointed by his actions. Unfortunately for Apa, this wasn’t the only time he came under fire.
On his Snapchat, the actor took a photo of a list “15 Reasons A Beer Is Better Than A Woman”. On Twitter, a fan clapped back, writing, “Fat shaming and treating women like objects? You’re supposed to be a role model for teenagers. Well done, @kj_apa.”
10. Lili Reinhart sassed a “fan” on Twitter
Interestingly enough, actress Lili Reinhart fell victim to a fat-shaming comment via Twitter, and she was well-equipped with a biting response.
A Twitter user noted that a simple Google search for “Lili Reinhart” offers the auto-search option of “Lili Reinhart Body”. In a tweet, the user wrote, “On google when u type Lili Reinhart, ‘Lili Reinhart body’ is one of the main searches. Please start being healthy,” the Twitter user reportedly wrote. “I love you but I also can’t stand to see you look so unhealthy and be happy with it. It’ll out shine your talent.”
Hilariously enough, Reinhart wrote back, “Thank you so much for being concerned about my weight, I’ll respond later after I finish my double cheeseburger.” With a simple response, we’d have to say that Betty definitely got the last word.
9. Cole almost played Archie
Now, actor Cole Sprouse has become practically synonymous with his “weirdo” character of Jughead Jones, but it wasn’t always the case.
The former child star has said that he was initially turned off by the script, and wasn’t interested in taking on a role in Riverdale. In the beginning, he was even asked to read for Archie, but he gravitated towards Jughead’s personality instead. From a producer’s perspective it makes sense to ask the most famous cast member to take the starring role, but KJ Apa was surely the right man to play Archie Andrews.
8. Madelaine Petsch was bullied
On screen, actress Madelaine Petsch seems to ooze confidence and poise, but it wasn’t always this way. In Riverdale, Petsch’s character, Cheryl Blossom, seems to be the epitome of a bully at times.
Petsch has said that she often dealt with bullying first hand as a child and witnessed her brother being bullied as well – for being a ginger, no less! Petsch’s time spent filming Riverdale and the love from fans has helped her overcome her past.
In the hit CW show, Petsch’s icy portrayal of Cheryl Blossom has quickly made the character become a fan favorite. Fans simply can’t wait to find out what’s next in store with the dysfunctional Blossom family. Some fan theories that have been circulating around involve an idea that Cheryl Blossom might actually be a witch, and may eventually create a connection between the upcoming Sabrina spinoff currently in development.
7. Camila Mendes was told she didn’t “look Latina enough”
Actress Camila Mendes has stolen the hearts of fans through her mesmerizing performance as Veronica Lodge. With her quick wit and clever comebacks, Veronica has become a serious fan favorite from Riverdale.
According to an interview with Teen Vogue, Mendes had to learn to develop some tough skin quickly, after having to deal with some serious negativity from casting directors in the beginning. Shockingly enough, Mendes was told that she didn’t “look Latina enough” for the role. In an equally surprising twist, Mendes wasn’t the only member of the cast who didn’t have it easy.
6. Fan claims Cole dissed her
Meeting your favorite actor or actress can be an exciting experience, but of course, it depends on the context and the environment.
Over the summer, an overzealous fan purportedly wanted to take a photo with actor Cole Sprouse, but was turned away. The fan quickly turned to Twitter, deeming the cast of Riverdale as “disgusting and rude”.
However, co-star Lili Reinhart fired back, explaining more about her perspective on the situation. “You do not have the right to approach STRANGERS and throw your arms around us like you know us. What you did was not cool and inappropriate,” Reinhart tweeted. “It’s easy to make us look like the bad guys because you think there’s no chance in hell we would ever call you out on it.”
5. Original Reggie actor left the show for 13 Reasons Why
In season one of Riverdale, actor Ross Butler was playing iconic Archie character Reggie, but he only had a few scenes. Although the actor had a minimal presence on Riverdale, he was slated to reprise his role for season two. Unfortunately, Butler had a serious scheduling conflict for his role of Zach Dempsey on the original Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, resulting in casting directors having to search for a replacement.
According to showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, “[Next season], we want more Reggie on our show — he’s Archie’s rival! — and because Ross is unavailable to come back to Riverdale, we’re looking for a new Reggie. Those are big shoes to fill, but we’re confident we can find an actor who is as funny and sexy as Ross. And of course we all wish Ross the best.” For season two, actor Charles Melton will take on the role of Reggie Mantle.
4. Lili Reinhart Shares Her Own Story of Harrassment
With many actresses speaking out against sexual assault and abuse, the recent controversy surrounding Harvey Weinstein has brought many other cases to light. Lili Reinhart recently opened up about a past experience of sexual harassment.
“All that matters is that he tried to force himself on me when we were on a date.” Reinhart shared. “I had to stop him and say ‘No, I don’t want that,’ and ‘I can’t do that.’ I physically walked away from the situation before it could get any worse. I remember feeling like this was a scene right out of a horror movie.” Reinhart kept silent about the encounter because she felt powerless.
Showing her solidarity with the other actresses, Reinhart wrote, “I stand with them. I believe them. I believe in standing up for yourself as a woman and coming forward about sexual harassment. I’m coming forward about my own experience to further express how common these assaults are in this industry and how important it is that we take action to fight against it.”
3. Lili Reinhart and Madchen Amick have the same tattoo
Actress Lili Reinhart might butt heads with on-screen mother, Madchen Amick in Riverdale, but in real life, the two actresses might have more in common than you might think.
Sure, tattoos are fairly common these days, but these two actresses share an intriguing connection that might raise a few eyebrows. Apparently, both actresses have the same exact tattoo. Reinhart and Amick both have a tattoo of an arrow, but not only is it the same image, it’s actually placed in the exact same location on their body.
Reinhart shared an image on Instagram, highlighting that both actresses have a thin, dark tattoo of a pointed arrow on their forearms. Amazingly enough, both Reinhart and Amick were inked by the exact same tattoo artist, too!
2. Jughead’s asexuality changed
Since the debut of Riverdale, Jughead Jones has quickly risen to become one of the most popular characters on the show. Last year, comic book writer Chip Zdarsky noted that the iconic Archie Comics character, Jughead Jones, was confirmed to be asexual. While the announcement was accepted with excitement by members of the asexual community, those feelings quickly changed when the Riverdale television series decided to switch things around.
Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa seemed to acknowledge that Jughead was in fact, asexual in the comics, but later decided to change things for the television show. The controversy continued, with members of the asexual community speaking out against “asexual erasure” on screen in Riverdale.
1. KJ Apa’s Car Crash
Over the summer, fans were waiting with bated breath for more information about actor KJ Apa’s condition after suffering from a car crash in Vancouver.
Apa had reportedly fallen asleep at the wheel and crashed his car by hitting a pole. Although the actor was not injured, one side of his car was completely destroyed. Reports say that the actor was driving home well past midnight, after finishing up a grueling sixteen hour day on set.
Actors Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart checked in with their co-star, including Mendes posting an image of Apa on Snapchat with the caption, “KJ Apa, u good?”. Thankfully, Archiekins remained unscathed, and the incident has shed light on lengthy working conditions and tighter regulations on set.
Are there any dark secrets behind Riverdale that we might have missed? Let us know in the comments!
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