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“I felt lucky and strange that my new job research involved reading comic books. That doesn’t happen everyday. Betty Cooper was a character that a lot of people were already familiar with so there was some pressure there. But I wanted to create a modern, grounded version of her that wasn’t a goody-two-shoes or desperate for Archie’s love.”

How did you prepare for your role as Betty Cooper? What aspects of her character did you find difficult to portray?
Preparing for Betty Cooper was definitely a process. I felt lucky and strange that my new job research involved reading comic books. That doesn’t happen everyday. Betty Cooper was a character that a lot of people were already familiar with so there was some pressure there. But I wanted to create a modern, grounded version of her that wasn’t a goody-two-shoes or desperate for Archie’s love. So although I pulled a little bit from the comics, I mostly tried to craft our version of Betty based on conversations with our director of the pilot, Lee Kreiger, and with our show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Honestly, for me it’s difficult to play the always optimistic, peppy version of Betty. Because that’s kind of the opposite of me in a way. I’m not a pessimist; I’m a realist. And I’m definitely not peppy. So mustering up a lot of energy when Betty is in her “perfect girl preppy bright optimistic positive” mood is sometimes challenging.

“I’m fortunate enough to have started acting when I was pretty young. I’m only 21. I have my whole life ahead of me, so many opportunities and so many roles that I could play. I want to try everything. Comedy, period pieces, action-thrillers, horror. All of it. In both television and film.”

Tell us more about your role as Tiffany in the upcoming film, Galveston.

I play the older version of Tiffany—she’s portrayed by a little girl for 90% of the film and I just come in at the end for a future sequence in which we see her grown up. Tiffany is a southern, small town girl. She leads a pretty simple life—pursuing a career in graphic design and she has a long-term boyfriend. But she’s trying to put the pieces of her past together and get to the bottom of who her mother really was and where she truly came from. I was lucky enough to work with Ben Foster, who is absolutely incredible. Watching him work and being on set with him made me feel blessed to be a part of that film. Also the director, Melanie, is a badass. Working with a female director who was so on top of her game and so strong was really inspiring.

“I’m happy that we touch upon Betty’s mental health in the show. I think it’s important and I wish we focused more on it, to be honest, but you know we have murders to solve and stuff like that. In a way, portraying Betty’s mental health problems has made me feel content with how I handle my own mental health. I’m very proactive about it. When I’m struggling, I reach out to my friends and family for support.”

What are your favorite things about your new life in LA? Is there anything you miss from your small-town life in Ohio?
I feel like I don’t really have a new life in LA. I have lived in LA for only about a year in total, when I wasn’t filming or moving back home. When I’m not working, my life isn’t very exciting. It’s fun when I have press trips and go to Coachella and stuff like that, but my day-to-day life in LA is very ordinary. I go to Target a lot because it’s my favorite place ever. I do a lot of DIY crafts to entertain myself—I paint and write. I drive to the beach when the weather is nice or if I need to get away from the buzz of the city. Mostly, I go out to eat with my friends and spend way too much money on food. I miss Ohio. I haven’t been back in over a year. It’s the longest I’ve ever been away from my hometown. I miss the feeling of being in that small community. I miss going to football games and supporting my high school. The local food joints also—my favorite Chinese place and ice cream parlour. I’m not sure when I’ll go back and visit but I think I have a deeper appreciation for it now than I ever had before. The quiet, suburban life. Lake Erie and the metro parks… I miss it a lot.

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