Madelaine Petsch Dishes on Riverdale Season 2 with WWD

Madelaine Talks a Meaner Cheryl in Season 2, Where the Premiere Picks Up and More!

Riverdale’s red-headed beauty, Madelaine Petsch, plays resident Queen Bee, Cheryl Blossom, on The CW’s hit series based on Archie Comics. In an interview with WWD, Madelaine dishes on what drew her to acting and how she got the role of Cheryl setting rumors straight that she didn’t almost get the role of Betty Cooper. She also reveals a few spoilers for the series highly anticipated second season revealing the premiere picks up just 12-13 minutes after the season one finale and more. Check out a sneak peek of the interview below.

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“I came in for ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ for a guest star and then they said, ‘We’ve got a great project for you. We don’t have sides for the character we want you for. Can you read for Betty?’” Petsch explains. “They wanted to introduce me to Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa], our showrunner, and the director and get me in the room with the right people. So I went to producers for Betty, yes, but they never had me in mind for Betty. I watched my Betty audition the other day and I was like, ‘This is so crazy.’ It’s wild to think about.”


Hair color aside, Petsch was drawn to Cheryl’s complexities and “biting wit.” The character’s snippy one-liners, reminiscent of Chanel Oberlin’s in “Scream Queens,” are the perfect fodder for Internet memes. “It’s very obvious that [Cheryl is] a broken little girl who just needs love,” says Petsch. “Who hasn’t been in that part of their life, trying to figure out who they are? She fulfills the artist inside of me. I’ve got so many different emotions underneath the surface at any given moment as her.”


“Riverdale’s” second season, airing Oct. 11, picks up “12 or 13 minutes” after season one, which ended in Cheryl burning down her parents’ house. “People are reading the burning the house down as her being upset and that’s actually her allowing herself to be a phoenix reborn from the ashes,” Petsch explains. “She’s basically saying, ‘F you, Mom. Where you gonna live? Figure it out.’”

Read the full interview with Madelaine at WWD and check out the beautiful shots of her for the piece below as well as a funny video of her reading from the Fairchild Dictionary below.


Steph Flasher

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