Madelaine Channels Iconic Mean Girls from Classic Movies for Highsnobiety!
Riverdale’s red-headed beauty, Madelaine Petsch, plays the complicated mean queen, Cheryl Blossom, on The CW’s new hit series based on Archie Comics. She looks gorgeous for Highsnobiety where she channels famous mean girls for cult classics such as Heathers nd Mean Girls. And in an interview, she dishes on everything from playing Cheryl on Riverdale to life in Hollywood, tackling cyber bullies and much more. Check out a sneak peek of the interview with Madelaine below.
In the show you pretty much play the lead villain. As an actor, what’s the most gratifying part in portraying a villainous character?
Well my character has many layers. I mean, every artist and actor wants to be challenged and variety is the spice of life, and that’s exactly what Cheryl is. She does have all the characteristics of a typical “mean girl,” but underneath it all, she’s actually a very damaged human being, what with her brother being dead and her parents being completely terrible people. There’s so much going on beneath the surface. It’s every actor’s dream to play a complex character.
What were some of the most difficult things that you had to tap when getting into character?
The parental abuse was very difficult to bring out. I come from a very supportive home, so to create this persona was very dark. Also the loss of someone very close to you. I lost a best friend a couple of years ago and that was kind of what I had to tap and think about on a daily basis. I always say actors are the people who try to feel everyone else’s suffering. I had to bring up some things that I didn’t really wanna think about, but it worked, right?
For sure. Yeah, Cheryl’s parents really suck.
So bad! The worst.
Read the full interview at Highsnobiety and check out the amazing shots of Madelaine for the interview below.