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.”
What you did see, however, were a lot of ups and downs when Jason Blossom’s dead body washed up on the shore of Sweetwater River and made the town of Riverdale come to terms with some of its biggest and darkest secrets. “I think the fans were definitely surprised,” KJ says about the big reveal that — spoiler alert — Jason was actually killed by his own father. “All my mates were surprised when they found out it was Clifford. None of them knew.”
“That’s exactly what we wanted,” Cole adds. But he says that there are still a few more big plot twists left in season 1, some of which the actors weren’t aware of until they showed up on set the day they filmed the final scenes. “It was a huge script and we had a completely different ending until the day before we filmed it,” he explains of episode 13.
“We could have made a movie out of that last episode,” says KJ, careful not to provide spoilers for what exactly will go down. (We tried, though.) “Like, a two-hour finale. We definitely would have had enough for it.”
And while Cole says, “I bad for all of our characters, especially at the end of this next episode. I think, in that way, I’m not satisfied. It’s like, ‘Oh, these poor kids,'” he agrees when KJ notes that they’re both looking forward to what’s next for the show.
“Our last episode is going to set up a new trajectory for Archie in the storyline,” KJ says about the brooding redhead. Will this mean that he’s abandoning his dream of being a singer-songwriter? Or will he be at the center of the drama this time around, like the short-lived theory that it was Archie who was the Riverdale killer’s intended target, not Jason?
And while a lot of fans have voiced issues with the ways Archie expresses himself, Cole thinks that could actually lend itself well to season 2. “What I like about Archie’s character is that he internalizes a lot of his emotions in a very classic masculine way, which is aggression,” he explains. “There’s that scene with him hitting the punching bag after episode five, which is sort of a classic way that men are taught to deal with an emotional complex. Just, ‘Go work it out!’ He goes for runs. That’s one of his character traits. I think that’s cool and we’re going to end up seeing a lot of that prospectively in season two.” As for Jughead, he laughs, and adds that “I’m just ready to get into lots of fights.”
“Yeah, that’d be sick,” KJ laughs.
“Jughead and Archie, just back-to-back action movie,” Cole deadpans. “That’s what we’re looking for.”