Cosmopolitan interview

On getting typecast before Riverdale:
Lili Reinhart (Betty): I’m white and I’m blonde. Sometimes that can be a blank slate. It can go anywhere and be very malleable. But other times, you’re put into the girl-next-door corner, which is what Betty is — but Betty is so much more. With Betty, I look the part but there’s a darkness. That goes for me as well.

On terrible auditions:
Reinhart: In 2014 pilot season, I was auditioning for the role of a transgender boy. I went in there and I felt self-conscious because I had slicked my hair back as much as I could; I altered my appearance a little bit. To begin with, it was a vulnerable audition. I was putting myself in the shoes of someone who is transitioning. Second of all, there was an abnormal amount of people in the room. There were 10 people in there facing me. They don’t say hi to me. I read, I do my scenes, they’re quite emotional. I’m sitting there waiting for direction. And they start having a conversation about a movie that came out. One guy in the room goes, “Hey, did you see that one film, with that guy?” I’m still sitting in the room — “OK, guess I’m going to go.” They go, “Thanks, bye!” As I’m walking out the door, they’re like, “Where do you want to order lunch?” It was just terrible. It makes you feel like shit.

On Reinhart’s struggle with depression and anxiety:
Reinhart: There’s no pattern necessarily. It can come and go in waves, which makes it a little more difficult because you’re not really sure when one point ends and another point begins. It can be based off a certain situation, or it can be seasonal, or it can have no reason at all, because it doesn’t need a reason. It’s a chemical in [my] brain that I have to take medication for, so I don’t constantly feel doom and gloom and sadness.

[I’m speaking out about it because] I felt like the celebrities and people who did talk about it were commended for being so brave. It’s not something that you need to praise anyone for. It should be commonplace. It should be something that we talk about in school. The fact that it isn’t makes people ashamed of it. For teenage kids, they feel a pressure to sweep things under the rug because they feel like they’re not important enough to have problems. They aren’t being bullied so why are they upset? I dealt with that. I had friends at school. People were like, “You have no reason to be upset. Your feelings are illogical.” My message is that that’s not true. You don’t have to have a reason. Your feelings are validated by the fact that you’re feeling them.

On the biggest challenge of their new lifestyle:
Reinhart: Balancing time.

Reinhart: When we’re filming, Cole [Sprouse, who plays Jughead] encourages us, “Go out and travel on the weekends when you’re not filming!” But I know what I need and I know that I need to sleep. Now that we’re on hiatus, I feel like we’ve had to remind ourselves that we worked for seven months straight. We’re allowed to go shopping and be leisurely with our time right now.

Reinhart: That we fuckin’ like each other.

On the advice they’ve gotten from Cole Sprouse:
Reinhart: No, we don’t go to him. He just tells us. He’s a wise old soul.

On crafting a celebrity image:
Reinhart: I never had to do anything specific to craft my “image.” I wanted people to know that I was a goofball, that I didn’t take myself too seriously, and that I love what I do. On my Twitter and Instagram, whenever I can, I try and show myself. I’m not trying to be an Instagram model.

Reinhart: But you know what? I think a lot of people do that. People post things on Instagram that they know people are going to like. You can do that, but Cami and I are in the mind-set where we’re both very silly, we like to goof around, we like to have fun.

On how they’d categorize their co-stars by high-school stereotype:

Reinhart: KJ [Apa, who plays Archie] is the jock.

Reinhart: Cole is the funny, sarcastic—

Reinhart: [To Camila] You’re like the cool girl to me. You have, like, your fuckin’ jeans on and your cool shoes and your sunglasses and your coffee, and you’re like, “Hey guys.”

Reinhart: No, you’re like the cool fuckin’ chick who doesn’t have to try. What am I?

Reinhart: I like that! I’m the girl who doesn’t give a fuck.

Lili Opens Up About Depression, Playing Betty Cooper, and a Romance With Jughead

Glamour: Let’s jump right in to Riverdale. In episode two, Betty tells Cheryl, “Get out of my house before I kill you.” Then, in episode four, we find out she has Ms. Grundy’s gun in her dresser drawer. My initial thought was that Betty killed Jason or maybe Betty’s dad did it and is covering up for her?

Lili: When I got episode two, I was like, “Whoa, this is a side of Betty we haven’t seen before!” It was used as a good foreshadowing of Betty’s explosion in episode three. I think it was a nod to Betty’s dark side. It comes out when Betty’s buttons are pushed, especially when it comes to Polly.

Glamour: Did the cast come up with their own theories about who killed Jason Blossom?

Lili: We all definitely had our own theories. Cole [Sprouse] has an extremely elaborate one about how he thought Jughead was the killer. Madeleine [Petsch] thought it was her at one point. We were all just tossing around ideas. But once we all started talking about it, we nipped each other’s ideas in the bud. We’d say, “No, that can’t work because of this,” or “No, that can’t work because of that.” I feel like no matter who we thought who was the killer, there was also a reason why they couldn’t have been. Eventually I just gave up! [Laughs] I was like, “I’ll just find out when I find out” instead of torturing myself to figure out who the killer was. [Now that I know], I’ve literally told no one. I haven’t told my mom. No one knows except for the cast and the people working on the show, which is wonderful. We’ve all been really good at keeping it a secret.

Glamour: Last week’s episode was a big one: Polly is pregnant with Jason Blossom’s baby. Was that a shock to you?

Lili: That was something that [executive producer] Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa] was talking about when we were filming the pilot. I’m really happy that our fans weren’t exposed to that secret and everything was very under wraps. Any time Tiera [Skovbye], who plays Polly, was on set, we’d have to hide the belly because sometimes there’d be paparazzi or fans nearby. If someone got a picture, it’s ruined.

Glamour: We find out Polly had been kept against her will and had no idea that Jason is dead. And it looks as though Polly’s parents are brainwashing her—but still, you’d like to believe the parents are good-intentioned. Who should we trust?

Lili: As an audience member, you’re struggling with whether to believe Polly or Polly’s parents. You’re going on that journey with Betty because Betty doesn’t know either. She questions whether Polly is crazy, her parents are crazy, or even if she’s crazy. She’s questioning herself, her sister’s mental health, and her own mental health. It’s her parents that are telling her this! As much as she doesn’t want to believe them, it’s like, “Why would her parents lie to her?” As an audience member, I’m a big advocate for mental health awareness, and I would say you don’t take those things lightly. We know at this point that Betty’s parents are pretty manipulative and willing to twist the truth in order to keep their daughters safe—or what they think is safe. Don’t trust any of the parents in Riverdale. That’s maybe a solid underlying piece of advice. Or don’t trust anyone! You don’t know who’s lying.

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