Lili Stuns in Her New Features for Ocean Drive & Jezebel
Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart portrays good girl next door with a dark side, Betty Cooper, on the CW’s hit series. Lili covers the February issues on both Ocean Drive and Jezebel Magazines. In her interview with both, she talks about what she enjoys about playing Betty and how she can relate to her. She reveals if she’s had any ‘pinch me’ moment since her success and explains how co-star, Cole Sprouse, keeps her grounded. Lili also dishes on her mental health journey and more. Check out a sneak peek of her interview.
What do you enjoy about playing Betty?
Betty is the girl next door but there’s a dark side—a side riddled with anxiety and a dark alter ego. But she’s optimistic even when she is going through the hardest things. There’s always a light inside her that can’t go out, and that’s beautiful.
How do you relate to the character?
I relate most with her darkness. What I bring to Betty is her real anxiety about things and the stress she’s under because I get easily overwhelmed and stressed out. I have anxiety.
You are superopen about your mental health journey. Why?
Because I struggled with it so much and for so long. And I know so many other young people have, and I didn’t have someone who was talking about it. I remember being in middle and high school and hearing Demi Lovato speak up about her mental illness and that was comforting. But I wanted more people to stand up. I needed more people to relate to. I was like, all these people can’t be so happy, can they? It was kind of like this unrealistic picture that was painted in front of me of all these happy, happy people, successful people, beautiful people. And even now I’m on this wonderful show. I have money in my bank account. I have my own apartment. I have friends. I still go through and experience depression. You don’t have to be ashamed of it. You don’t need to ever justify the way you feel.
Read the full interview with Lili at Ocean Drive or at Jezebel and don’t miss the gorgeous photos of her for the feature below.
RIVERDALE airs WEDNESDAYS at 8|7c. on The CW
Photos: James White