Cole Sprouse and KJ Apa finish each other’s sentences. It’s nonstop. And while that sounds like it might make interviewing the two stars of CW’s hit show Riverdale difficult, the fact of the matter is, their camaraderie is downright adorable.
It’s also a far cry from the dynamic they share as Archie Andrews and Jughead Jones, two of the leads on the show based on the Archie comics gone neo-noir. Throughout the first season of the show, they’ve worked on rebuilding a friendship that was splintered in the not-so-distant past. The exact reason why is still a little murky — and perhaps will be explored further in season two — and though the two high schoolers become roommates at one point during the show’s first season, there’s still a lot about which they don’t see eye to eye.
Not so for Cole and KJ, who spent a recent afternoon making each other laugh with endearing compliments that fans had sent them on social media, but might as well have been written by each other. And while they can’t reveal a lot about the show’s second season, they agree on one aspect they hope to see more of: BFFs Archie and Jughead being, well, BFFs.
“We didn’t really get to see too much Archie and Jughead this season,” Cole tells Teen Vogue. “I’d like to see a little but more of that because that’s the classic narrative from the comics.”
KJ agrees, noting that “in order to portray these characters as best mates, you need to see them together being best mates. You didn’t get to really to see that in season one.”
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We chat with K.J. Apa about his comic book romance, that fiery red hair, and what it’s like having ‘90s icon parents.
When a nostalgic American comic book comes to life in the form a CW TV series, the stakes are high as it tries to appeal to old and new, millennial fans. Based on the ever-popular Archie Comics series, Riverdale debuted its first season with a bang and a second season is already in the works. New Zealand-born K.J. Apa steps into Archie Andrews’ shoes as the red-headed, jock and musician who delicately breaks hearts while trying his best to keep his parents, played by Luke Perry and Molly Ringwald, happy. With the season finale around the corner (May 11th), Archie and his friends band together to uncover the real story behind one of their classmates murder.
Did you have any knowledge of Archie Comics prior to the show?
KJA: I didn’t, actually. When I got the audition, I had to do some research, go online, and find out what it was all about. I quickly learned that it was massive, that it’s been going for about 75 years.
I guess it’s probably surprising for people to know that you’re not from the States.
KJA: Yeah, everyone gets really surprised when they hear my accent in real life. No one knows that I’m from New Zealand, which is kind of cool. I kind of like it.
So, you’re not naturally a redhead. How often do you have to get your hair colored?
KJA: When we’re shooting, it’s pretty gnarly. It’s like once every two weeks. I have to get it dyed, the roots and stuff, because my hair grows really fast which doesn’t help. But yeah, it’s like once every two weeks—and the eyebrows.
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Archie (KJ Apa) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) continue to grow closer. Betty (Lili Reinhart) is tired of her family acting as if nothing has happened and confronts her mother. Jughead (Cole Sprouse) finds himself in an unexpected situation, leaving Archie and the gang scrambling. Hermione (Marisol Nichols) makes Fred (Luke Perry) an offer that seems too good to be true. Meanwhile, the truth about Blossoms’ family business is revealed leaving Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) to take matters into her own hands.
High definition screencaptures from the shocking reveal episode of Riverdale (which aired last week) have been added to our gallery! We’ve also replaced the episode stills with their high quality versions!