Riverdale star Lili Reinhart and her character Betty Cooper are two entirely different people — for starters, Lili hasn't been terrorized by a crazed serial killer, like Betty has on the very fictional Riverdale. (She would also like you to remember that the actors on the hit show "are not the characters that we play," as she told Teen Vogue in 2017. But that doesn't mean that art doesn't imitate life in at least some ways, and now Lili’s opening up to Ocean Drive about Betty’s dark side, her own anxiety, and how the Bulldog crew leans on Cole Sprouse for support navigating the world of fame.
“Betty is the girl next door but there’s a dark side — a side riddled with anxiety and a dark alter ego,” Lili said. “I relate most with her darkness. What I bring to Betty is her real anxiety about things and the stress she’s under because I get easily overwhelmed and stressed out. I have anxiety.”
Lili has always been open about her struggles with mental health, and she says it’s something important to her to share with her fans. “I struggled with it so much and for so long. And I know so many other young people have, and I didn’t have someone who was talking about it,” she told the mag. “I remember being in middle and high school and hearing Demi Lovato speak up about her mental illness and that was comforting.”
Her forthrightness has made a difference. “I did a signing [at a] convention in Philadelphia and a couple of girls came up to me and told me with tears in their eyes: ‘You really helped me,'” Lili said. “I had no idea that the words I’m putting out there in the world were connecting with these young people, beautiful people. I felt so honored and also so unworthy of their love.”
Clearly, Riverdale has made a serious splash, and Lili says the response to the show has been “mind-blowing,“ and “I don’t even really believe it quite yet.”
Being a celebrity isn’t always glamorous, and when things get tough for the Riverdale kids, they turn to Cole. “He really brings us down to earth if we’re feeling like something we’ve said is being taken out of context,” Lili said. (The veteran of the team, Cole has been acting since he was a child, so it's understandable that he could offer insight.) “He’s always the one to be like, ‘Just ignore it. It will blow over.’ It’s a nice, calming energy he has because you know that he’s been through it.”
Cole Sprouse and McDonald’s Trolled Each Other on Twitter
Casey Cott was in on the joke, too.
By Brianna Wiest
Cole Sprouse continues his reign as the ultimate prankster of Twitter, and this time, he's gotten your favorite fast food chain in on the joke.
On Thursday, Cole tweeted that he was feeling pretty bummed that his phone automatically connected to land of the Big Macs, McDonald's (granted, you could view this as something to be proud of, too). He posted about the moment, writing: "I was sad until I automatically connected to the local McDonald’s WiFi, then I was extra sad." It's your pretty innocuous, tongue-in-cheek tweet, the sort of thing you'd expect from the Riverdale star.
Madeline Hill responded to him asking for the password, to which he replied: "Gimm3Th0zMcNugg13s." Seems pretty encrypted, right? Much more secure than your typical "nuggets123." That's when the McDonald's account itself got involved, saying that no, in fact, the password is: "Tw0_4ll_b33f_p477135_5p3c1aL_54uc3_l377uc3_ch3353_p1ckl35_0n10n5_0n_4_5354m3_533d_bun."
Cole's Riverdale co-star Casey Cott also joined in on the fun, joking: "Stop acting like my apartment is a McDonalds man. I hate when you do that. Not cool."
McDonald's has been trolling a lot lately, from their millennial-approved burgers to their UK-exclusive gourmet options but — excuse the cheap pun — we're lovin' it regardless.
While Cole Sprouse may not actually be his Riverdale character Jughead Jones, there's one striking similarity between the two: a knack with words. Jughead is a Capote-esque writer, sulking in a booth at Pop's writing his novel about the sleepy little town with big secrets, and Cole prefers another, more public medium for his thoughts and feelings: Twitter.
When you're good at Twitter, you're really good, and Cole is one of our favorite follows because of his blend of humor, snark, and passionate political opinions. It's a pitch-perfect mix that makes us think, LOL, and hit the "fave" button with every update. We love Cole's Twitter — and his near-constant trolling of twin brother Dylan — so much that we compiled a list of our favorite Cole Tweets of 2017. Which ones did you RT?
1. Cole’s relationship “advice” is perfect for those of us surviving in the age of dating apps.
2. We love a good Suite Life throwback … and so does Cole.
3. A whole generation just got owned.
4. It’s true, though — little did we know how things would progress in 2017.
5. Since Donald Trump was elected, Cole has used his Twitter platform to speak out eloquently and thoughtfully.
6. … and to poke fun at the President’s Twitter habits.
7. You can come hang with us on Feb. 14, Cole.
8. This meme has the best of both worlds: Riverdale and Suite Life. See what we mean about the Suite Life throwbacks?
9. Same, Cole, same.
10. Clearly, Cole has no time for the “Not All Men” movement. (Neither do we.)
11. Do you ever wonder if Cole and Dylan occasionally switched roles while filming? No? Us either.
12. An iconic moment in Cole Sprouse history — this starring role on a “Precious Hearts Romances” novel cover.
13. Stars — they’re just like us!
14. Thanks for that, Cole. We really appreciate it.
15. Cole RT’ed this impeccable meme featuring one of his most notorious Jughead monologues.
16. He has a point …
17. Drake is shook.
18. We volunteer! Choose us, Cole!
20. Actually, this is a pretty good idea.
21. Is this the ultimate self-own?
22. Remember the love triangle between Cole, Lili, and Miss Piggy? It was Twitter gold.
23. This is so true. Consider our dreams crushed. Thanks, Cole.
24. So that’s where Riverdale’s Jingle Jangle problem started.
25. If we still hung pictures of our crushes up in our room, we’d probably print and hang this one in a prominent spot.
26. I’d never thought of it like that before. Hopefully you’re happy wherever you are, Jeeves.
Dylan and Cole Sprouse began their acting careers when they were just babies — eight months old, to be exact. From there, they shared roles on TV shows like Friends and movies like Big Daddy until landing their own show, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody on the Disney Channel in 2005. After the show wrapped, the twins took some time off before diving into the next phase of their careers (um, hi, Riverdale), but they definitely didn’t stop amusing their fans by trolling each other on social media. In fact, it’s one of their favorite activities, and both brothers have gained a significant Twitter following due to their witty humor and willingness to poke a little fun at each other.
The brothers turn 25 today (August 4) and in celebration of their brotherly love (and tons of goodhearted roasting), we rounded up some of their funniest sibling moments. If you’ve got brothers and sisters, especially close ones (or a twin!), you’ll probably find yourself nodding along as you LOL at the Sprouse sibs. Happy birthday, guys! Is it cheesy if we wish you a Suite Life? (Too bad.)
1. That Time Cole Accused Dylan of Digging Through His Closet
Most recently, Cole accused Dylan of stealing his t-shirts (a common sibling quibble), and then they got into it about their ~personal style.~ (Also, yay Dylan’s return to acting!)
You know you’ve been there with your sibs.
2. That Time Dylan Shared One of Cole’s Fashion Mistakes
Dylan “praised” Cole’s photography and acting skills with a hilarious throwback pic of his brother in a fedora. Hey, we all made regrettable aesthetic choices in our youth, Dylan.
3. That Time Cole Sent Out Birthday Wishes to His "Twin"
On their 24th birthday, Cole wished his “partner in crime” a happy birthday. Only it wasn’t Dylan … it was President Barack Obama. (The twins share a birthday with the former president.)
4. That Time Dylan Had the Perfect Comeback
Apparently even Cole gets confused as to which brother he played in Suite Life.
So true to form, Dylan was right there with a quippy answer.
5. That Time Cole Shared Family Secrets With the World
And revealed that Dylan was the wandering one.
6. That Time They Both Discovered WebMD
7. That Time We Wondered Who Was Who
Cole couldn’t resist pointing out some significant differences between them. The question is … which one is which?
8. That Time They REALLY Roasted Each Other
This exchange of tweets is just good old-fashioned brotherly ribbing, and everyone ate it right up.
Dylan’s description of Cole’s Insta profile is pretty spot-on, TBH.
9. That Time Cole Literally Called Dylan Trash
The brothers have long been teasing each other about their respective aesthetics, and Cole has some pretty strong opinions about his brother’s.
10. That Time Cole Got … Un-verified?
It looks like one twin was desperate to be the only verified Sprouse on Twitter. It didn’t last long!
Flashback Friday: Here We Have Proof Cole Sprouse Was Always Meant to Be Jughead Jones
By Emily Brozyna
If you thought Cole Sprouse wasn't like his Riverdale character Jughead Jones, boy were you mistaken. In a resurfaced J-14 exclusive video from 2008, we have proof that Cole was always meant to play the savage Southside Serpent that is Jughead Jones. Watch the #FlashbackFriday video above.
In response to what Disney character they relate to most, Dylan opted for Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb, while Cole said he identified with Donald Duck the most – but for a very dark reason.
Cole told J-14, "Me, well, I've never really thought of it – but uh, probably Donald because I'm kind of like a duck and when I get mad, I'll honestly attack you."
I'M SORRY, WHAT. Attack you? That seems like a very Southside Serpent thing to do, which further proves he always had that bad boy edge to him – even as a Disney Channel kid. In fact, Cole seems to be much more dangerous than we all think. In a recent interview with TRL, Cole's twin bro Dylan recalled a time when Cole legit beat up a thief while latching onto a moving vehicle. Yes, you heard that right. And yes, we're are, in fact, still talking about Cole Sprouse here. We weren't kidding when we said dangerous.
"Actually, you know, Cole is – in real life – he has some surprisingly badass moments. I remember when we were in Italy, someone stole all of our belongings at a gas station. And my family came outside to see Cole hanging out of the car window punching the driver in the face at 40 miles per hour down the highway. I did not exaggerate about that – it sounds crazy."
Hold. The. Phone. Can you imagine the s w o o n-worthy AF Cole we all know and love beating someone up? Jughead, maybe.
Dylan added, "He jumped in through the window, and punched the guy in the face until he stopped. We never got the gear back because he hit the brakes, Cole rolled off the hood – and the guy sped off. But he's pretty badass."
So there you have it – it looks like Cole has some of the serpent blood in him IRL. Straight up bad to the bone.