Lili Dishes on Riverdale Season 2, Her role in Galveston, Struggling with Anxiety & More
Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart portrays good girl next door with a dark side, Betty Cooper, on the CW’s hit series. Lili is featured in a new piece for The Laterals. In an interview, she talks about how she prepared for the role of Betty Cooper, filming the hit series and her most memorable moment from the set as well as a little bit about what viewers can expect from the highly anticipated second season. Lili also dishes on struggling with anxiety, her role in the upcoming film Galveston and much more! Check out a sneak peek of her interview.
How did you prepare for your role as Betty Cooper? What aspects of her character did you find difficult to portray?
Preparing for Betty Cooper was definitely a process. I felt lucky and strange that my new job research involved reading comic books. That doesn’t happen everyday. Betty Cooper was a character that a lot of people were already familiar with so there was some pressure there. But I wanted to create a modern, grounded version of her that wasn’t a goody-two-shoes or desperate for Archie’s love. So although I pulled a little bit from the comics, I mostly tried to craft our version of Betty based on conversations with our director of the pilot, Lee Kreiger, and with our show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Honestly, for me it’s difficult to play the always optimistic, peppy version of Betty. Because that’s kind of the opposite of me in a way. I’m not a pessimist; I’m a realist. And I’m definitely not peppy. So mustering up a lot of energy when Betty is in her “perfect girl preppy bright optimistic positive” mood is sometimes challenging.
Riverdale highlights and honors the strong, complex friendship between Betty and Veronica. Could you tell us more about some of the close female friendships you have in your life?
My best friend, Austyn, has been like a sister to me since I was in 6th grade. She’s my soulmate. The Veronica to my Betty, though she’s much more down-to-earth. I’m not sure what I did to deserve the loving friendship I have with her, but I don’t take it for granted. And I think Betty and Veronica have that same kind of bond, where they just know that they have each other’s backs, always, through thick and thin.
Read the full interview with Lili at thelaterals.com and don’t miss the gorgeous photos of her for the feature below.
RIVERDALE SEASON 2 PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11 at 8|7c. on The CW