COLE SPROUSE WAS ‘SO IN LOVE’ WITH JENNIFER ANISTON WHEN HE WAS ON FRIENDS
‘I WAS INFATUATED. I WAS SPEECHLESS.’
By Madeline Roth
Before his shirtless adventures on Riverdale and his twin antics on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Cole Sprouse was a kid star on a little sitcom you may have heard of: Friends. In a recent interview with the New York Post, he discussed working on the smash show and revealed that some people still recognize him from his role as Ross’s cute son, Ben.
“I was only in seven episodes, but it’s funny now that people are recognizing me for that because my brother and I have been working since we were 8 months old,” the 24-year-old said, adding, “Because Friends is on Netflix, there’s a renewed interest from that. ... People can call me ‘Ben’ on the street and I will turn around.”
While Sprouse called working on Friends “intimidating” but “really wonderful,” he revealed the one thing that used to psych him out: his massive crush on Jennifer Aniston.
“I had a really, really hard time working with Aniston because I was so in love with her,” he admitted. “I was infatuated. I was speechless — I’d get all bubbly and forget my lines and completely blank. It was so difficult.”
So next time you’re watching a Friends scene like the one below, keep in mind that while Sprouse certainly appeared cool and collected, he was just a flabbergasted tyke in love. Awww.
ALERT: COLE SPROUSE JUST HAD HIS FIRST SHIRTLESS SCENE ON THE CW
IT’S A RIGHT OF PASSAGE FOR EVERY YOUNG ACTOR, REALLY
By Crystal Bell
Filming a shirtless scene is a right of passage for every young actor on The CW — or, you know, every thirtysomething painfully passing as an undead teen. So far, Riverdale seems keen on exploiting Archie Andrews's (KJ Apa) beautiful, chiseled abs in every episode (and I am not complaining), but in the most recent, it was Cole Sprouse's turn to strip down to nothing but a towel.
In the episode, titled "In a Lonely Place," Archie catches Riverdale's very own Holden Caulfield in the boys' locker room, post-shower and sans cap, in the wee hours of the morning. (Honestly, Jughead might as well be naked without his hat.) He's been living at Riverdale High in a cupboard under the stairs. Yes, I know we're supposed to feel terrible for poor Jughead — and I do — but that doesn't mean I can't also appreciate some shirtless Jughead action for once. It's only fair.
OK. So it's not the thirstiest shirtless scene I've ever seen on The CW. (Nips or it doesn't count!) But it's still a monumental moment in any CW star's career. Right, Juggie?
Now that Riverdale's been renewed for a second season, the chances for more shirtless Jughead Jones have increased exponentially.
Riverdale: Archie and Jughead open up in exclusive clip
By Jami Ganz
After a two-week hiatus, Riverdale finally returns Thursday night with “Chapter Eight: The Outsiders.” When we last left off with the gang, tensions were pretty high, to say the least. Jughead (Cole Sprouse) had just been arrested in connection with Jason Blossom’s (Trevor Stines) murder, and not only was his dad (Skeet Ulrich) not there for support, he essentially dumped Jughead on Archie (K.J. Apa) and his father (Luke Perry), so he could take some time to get his act together.
In an exclusive clip from tonight’s episode, Jughead and Archie are helping out Mr. Andrews with his construction work. While things start out a bit awkward — understandable, given the recent revelations about their dads’ murky history — they quickly find common ground. Archie goes on and on — albeit a little insensitively, considering Jughead’s situation — about how devoted his father is, saying, “He works his ass off for me, bro, never asks for anything. Always has my back, even when I mess up.” Jughead concedes the same. “Your dad’s got my back too, more than some people,” he admits, and the tension seems to ease up.
Check out the exclusive clip above. Riverdale is on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
37 Little Things You Should Probably Know About "Riverdale"
Did you know Cole Sprouse was originally asked to audition for Archie?
By Ellie Bate
1. The creators originally pitched Riverdale as a movie. The studio executives were wary, but they loved the characters so much that showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa decided to make it into a TV show instead.
2. Cole Sprouse (Jughead) was originally asked to audition for the role of Archie. He asked to read for Jughead when he found out he was the narrator, because that means he can’t be killed off.
3. Cole had just finished binge-watching The Twilight Zone when he auditioned, so he read the character’s narration in the style of Rod Serling.
4. Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl) was originally brought in to audition for Betty – even though the casting directors knew they wanted her for the role of Cheryl all along.
5. Camila Mendes’ role as Veronica is her first-ever professional acting job. She graduated NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts last summer.
6. She says she used Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf as inspiration for Veronica, and channels The OC’s Summer Roberts for her more ~humorous~ moments.
7. KJ Apa (Archie) is a natural brunette, and apparently the dye job he got for the show was “gnarly” – he had to bleach and dye his hair every two weeks, and they burnt his skin when they bleached his eyebrows.
8. Queen of teen Molly Ringwald – known for John Hughes movies like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles – will make an appearance later in the season as Archie’s mom, Mary.
9. The rest of the parents aren’t unfamiliar with the teen genre either – Jughead’s dad is played by Skeet Ulrich, who was in Scream and The Craft, and Archie’s dad is Luke Perry, known for Beverly Hills, 90210.
10. Mädchen Amick – who plays Betty’s mom, Alice – has had roles in Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, and Dawson’s Creek, but is probably best known for her role in Twin Peaks.
11. Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says they used Twin Peaks as an inspiration for Riverdale. Both shows chronicle the death of a popular high school teenager, but rather than following a detective through the investigation, Riverdale focuses on the victim’s peers.
12. Other inspirations for the show included Stand by Me, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie Brick, the Keanu Reeves movie River’s Edge, and David Lynch’s Blue Velvet.
13. The characters are supposed to be high school sophomores (age 15-16) in Season 1, but timings mean they’ll continue as sophomores in Season 2 – and there’ll be Halloween and Christmas episodes.
14. The Archie-Betty-Veronica love triangle isn’t happening for now – but that’s just a delaying tactic. The creators didn’t want to introduce it too early on, in case the storyline got boring.
15. The writers deliberately decided not to have Jughead regularly mention his love of food (like he does in the comics), because they felt it wouldn’t fit with the tone of the show.
16. Cole Sprouse argued for Jughead to be asexual in the show (again, like he is in one iteration of the comics), but agrees that the comics also suggest something romantic between Jughead and Betty.
17. KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart (Betty), Camila Mendes, and Madelaine Petsch were all fans of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (which starred Cole Sprouse) when they were kids. Madelaine preferred Zack to Cody.
18. Camila Mendes and Cole Sprouse both went to NYU at the same time. Camila says they “crossed paths at parties”, but Cole didn’t remember her.
19. KJ Apa wants Betty and Archie to be endgame. He says it’s “a classic, iconic relationship”.
20. But Camila Mendes thinks Veronica is better for Archie.
21. The show will explore Betty’s issues with mental health in the latter half of this season.
22. The set for Pop’s Diner was copied brick-for-brick from the real-life diner they shot in for the pilot episode. It’s just a TV set, but it’s so convincing as a diner that a driver once pulled into the parking lot thinking it was real.
23. Lili Reinhart and Madelaine Petsch live together IRL.
24. And there’s ~speculation~ that Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart – who play Jughead and Betty – are actually dating for real.
25. Cole Sprouse is a huge comic book nerd and is in talks to write a few editions of the Riverdale comic spinoff.
26. A Riverdale album is in the works, featuring original songs by Archie and Josie and the Pussycats. You can already listen to a few songs on Spotify.
27. Although there were hints of it, and a lot of fan speculation surrounding it, there was never any incest between Cheryl and Jason.
28. We find out who killed Jason in Episode 12 of the first season.
29. Before they officially found out, the cast each had their own theory about who killed Jason. Cole Sprouse wanted it to be Jughead. At one point, Madelaine Petsch thought it was Cheryl.
30. KJ Apa also thought it was Jughead. This led to speculation from fans on Reddit after KJ gave an interview claiming he was right about the killer all along.
31. They filmed a few different endings for Episode 12 (the one where we find out who killed Jason) in order to confuse the cast and make sure the secret didn’t get out.
32. But they all know now – and they’re the only ones who do. According to Lili Reinhart, they’ve all been “really good at keeping the secret”.
33. There’s a fan theory that the show is heading for an apocalyptic zombie storyline. Riverdale’s showrunner, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is the creator of zombie-themed Archie comic series Afterlife With Archie.
34. Aguirre-Sacasa isn’t ruling out the possibility of a supernatural storyline, and he even pitched a more supernatural show to the network – ultimately they decided to go the murder mystery route, because “we thought we could always go [supernatural], but if we started there, it would be hard to take that away.”
35. The way Aguirre-Sacasa looks at it, the town of Riverdale is on one side of the Sweetwater River and Greendale is on the other side – that’s where the supernatural stuff (and Sabrina, the teenage witch!) lives.
36. He says there will be “a strong genre element” to Season 2, but it won’t necessarily be another murder mystery.
37. Aguirre-Sacasa says that the Season 1 finale “was not the finale [the creators] had in mind” and “what happens at the end of the season yet again fundamentally changes what kind of town Riverdale is”.
Cole Sprouse Is More Than Just a Pretty Face—and He Has the Instagrams to Prove It
By Janelle Okwodu
With Selena Gomez, Zendaya, and Miley Cyrus all making headlines for their style, it’s hard to deny the impact of former Disney ingenues. They’ve emerged as the next generation of best-dressed stars, and wearing great outfits isn’t the only way they’re becoming part of the conversation either. As Disney alum turned photographer Cole Sprouse proves, crafting a memorable fashion moment isn’t only about wearing the right designer on the red carpet. Knowing how to make a great image is perhaps even more vital.
It’s likely you remember Sprouse from his days performing opposite his twin brother, Dylan, on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, or his time spent on Friends as Ross Geller’s precocious son Ben. At 24, he’s moved beyond playing cute kids, but still appears onscreen: Sprouse is one of the telegenic stars of the CW’s hit, Riverdale. Balancing acting with creating editorial shoots, Sprouse shares artfully composed images on his Instagram account. He often captures atmospheric photos of models looking plaintive as they pose in fields of green or against desert landscapes. Simple, beautiful, and miles away from the standard social feed, Sprouse’s pictures are a treat.
With 4.3 million followers and buzzy models naming him as the photographer they’d love to shoot with, fashion has taken note of Sprouse’s talents. Though his striking good looks have also brought him attention—and a modeling contract with IMG—Sprouse is more than just a pretty face. Doing some posing of his own in the pages of L’Uomo Vogue back in February, Sprouse is clearly comfortable in front of the camera, but it’s his skill behind it that makes him worth a follow.
Happy Birthday, Jughead! New Riverdale Photos Show One Seriously Miserable Birthday Boy
By Lauren Piester
It's Jughead's birthday on next week's Riverdale, so of course, he's miserable.
In these exclusive first look photos at "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend," which airs Thursday, April 13, we can see that Betty's (Lili Reinhart) well-intentioned attempts to make her boyfriend happy with a surprise birthday party aren't exactly working.
Really, nobody but Jughead (Cole Sprouse) could look this sad holding cake.
Of course, in Riverdale, no party is going to go on as planned, especially if Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) has anything to say about it. According to the episode's official description, she decides to make things interesting and those things quickly get out of control, as they often do when Cheryl's involved.
It seems impossible that you could look at that face and that cake and that Jughead-themed sweater and not be thrilled.
But somehow, Jughead manages it.
This is not the face of a man enjoying his party.
And his pals, Kevin (Casey Cott), Archie (KJ Apa), and not-quite-his-pal Joaquin (Rob Raco) also don't exactly look like they're enjoying a party.
Perhaps in Archie's case, that's because Betty's party plans interrupted his own plans for a romantic night with Valerie (Hayley Law), and it comes in the midst of a reunion with his mother (Molly Ringwald), who's in town to finalize her divorce with Fred (Luke Perry).
Plus, at the same time, Veronica's (Camila Mendes) is trying to decide if she should participate in the deposition to help get her father released from prison.
So yeah. Not the happiest birthday of all time for Jughead or any of his friends, but we sure can't wait to watch it go down!
Riverdale's Betty & Jughead Just Became a Better Couple Because of a Fight & Party Game
Last night’s episode of Riverdale just made Betty and Jughead the strongest couple on the show — maybe even on television.
After planning a small surprise party for Jughead (that he didn’t ask for or wanted), Betty is kind of forced to face her “Dark Betty” persona because of a party game called Secrets and Sins.
Just before the game which was suggested by Cheryl and Chuck (what are they doing there?!), Jughead yells at Betty for throwing a party in the first place. He’s not happy about it at all and even more unhappy that she didn’t care or ask him if that was what he wanted at all.
He calls himself a weirdo and claims that he’s never wanted to fit in, and starts ranting about how they’re SO different and are basically never going to work.
She gets mad at him for telling her that and that once Archie changes his mind about her, they will be over. Excuse us?!
After the fight, and all the Riverdale kids are playing this new game, Chuck tells the room about Dark Betty and Jughead, being the actual stand up guy he is, punches him for it.
After the party, at Pop’s, Betty and Jughead talk things out and make up…he even says that the party was actually a nice gesture, and that he’s just afraid of getting hurt.
Betty tells him she should’ve told him about Chuck, and that there’s a darkness inside her that’s sometimes overwhelming.
Want to know what Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart think about this? Click inside now!
“When [executive producer] Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa], Lili and I were talking about the purity of Bughead, we had said, ‘Well, it is a bit unrealistic.’ There has to be this tension between just how fundamentally dissimilar the two are,” Cole shared about the fight that goes down between the two.
He adds, “That was what we ended up playing a little bit [in the previous episode] and in [this episode]. The fight scene in the garage was ‘Hey, I’m telling you, you’re being all about yourself right now and let me explain to you how I am.’”
“It’s one of those things where the argument led to a much more open form of communication and inherently strengthened the bond between the two characters,” Cole shares — and he’s 100% right.