“Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness” Episode Synopsis – With Jason’s funeral around the corner, the Blossom family moves forward with last minute preparations – and a secret agenda. Meanwhile, Archie’s (KJ Apa) attempt to refocus his energy on football comes to a halt when an opportunity to work with a new music mentor presents itself. Betty (Lili Reinhart) dives deeper into her investigation of Jason’s death and unearths some dark revelations about her family. Elsewhere, after uncovering secrets about her own family, Veronica (Camila Mendes) forms an unlikely friendship with Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), who is having a tougher time with Jason’s impending funeral than she lets on. Finally, Hermoine (Marisol Nichols) turns to Fred (Luke Perry) for help after receiving a cryptic message from the Southside Serpents. Cole Sprouse and Madchen Amick also star.
Jessica Radloff, from Glamour Magazine, recently sat down with Cole on the set of RIVERDALE to talk about the show, the attention he gets for being a public figure, having a crush on Jennifer Anniston back on his FRIENDS days and more. Read the interview below.
Glamour: When your casting was first announced a year ago, the piece we wrote on you blew up. The same is true for everything you tweet. Do you ever get used to that kind of attention?
Cole Sprouse: I mean, it always seems surreal. I don’t know if adjustment ever really takes place. I think you have to be doing it for quite a long time to come to terms with what you’re viewed as and where you stand within your own society. I’m very thankful, but it’s a double-edged sword; there are things you gain and things you lose. I think as long as acting feels fulfilling and continues to feel fulfilling, it’s worth it to me. Being on set is the thing I love the most, and a lot of the things that come alongside acting and entertainment are the things I despise, to be quite honest. I think we all have different ways with coming to terms with celebrity, if you’re raised within it. Everyone goes through it differently, and there’s no one right answer. I think as long as it’s fun and fulfilling…
Glamour: I sat down with David Schwimmer last year and said to him, “Did you have a favorite episode of Friends?” and he said…
Sprouse: “The Holiday Armadillo?”
Glamour: Yes! How did you know?
Sprouse: Because that episode resonates with a lot…it’s a hilarious episode. That’s the one I remember most clearly. When you’re that [age] and you’re kind of acting, it’s not as lucid. I don’t remember it with as full a clarity as I did in the moment, but I remember feeling quite intimidated by the scale of the show itself as a small child. And when someone comes in an armadillo costume, you’re taken aback for a second. I didn’t really read a lot of the scripts or prepare for a lot of the scripts beforehand, because when you’re that old, you’re sort of given the lines immediately and then you go out there and you perform it. I remember I had the most massive crush on Jennifer Aniston. It rendered me speechless almost every scene I would do with her.Read More
The website Bustle has posted a new interview with Cole in which he talks about his return to acting, his desire for RIVERDALE to keep Jughead asexual, his Tumblr social experiment and more. Read the article below.
In the six-year interim between The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Riverdale, it seemed like Cole Sprouse had given up acting for good. After his Disney Channel show ended in 2011, he and his twin brother Dylan seemingly hung up their acting shoes and traded their extraordinary lives for those of ordinary college students. But after graduating from NYU in 2015, Cole Sprouse decided to return to acting on TV and tells Bustle why he made the big leap back to the small screen after so many years away.
“I had taken an intentional break away from acting, because I was going a little insane,” Sprouse says. “But then I graduated, I saw my education all the way through, and pilot season had come up.” That’s when Sprouse read the script for Riverdale, The CW’s re-imagination of the classic Archie comic series that currently airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. Sprouse plays Jughead, who narrates the show and sets the rather dark tone of the murder mystery series. (He still eats burgers, though, don’t worry.)
“I read the pilot for Riverdale and really enjoyed it, so when I got the role I decided to fulfill my obligation and see where it would take me,” Sprouse says. “It seemed like the right project, because it was interesting and well-written. It was a new character that I haven’t tried before.”Read More
The mystery at the center of Riverdale still remains the murder of Jason Blossom. With the ongoings of the town getting increasingly complicated week by week, it’s easy to assume that anyone is suspicious in his killing.
With us narrowing down the most likely suspects each week, one character that hasn’t raised a major red flag has been Jughead Jones. The show’s narrator and comic relief may have more up his sleeve than viewers already know, but at this point in the season, it is likely that he wasn’t involved in Jason’s murder.
However, Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead on the show, seems to disagree.
“[Jughead is] the only one that speaks to the audience and break fourth wall.” Sprouse told ComicBook.com. “Which gives him the ability to inform the audience that he’s the killer without having to inform any of the cast living in Riverdale. Which ends up being a kind of dubious position to take.”
According to Sprouse, this suspicion he has held towards his character existed as soon as he signed on to the show, and was rooted in some of the series’ recent comics. “From the very beginning, I have thought Jughead was the killer. That was informed by a bunch of different things, and the narrative still rings true. Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa, executive producer of Riverdale] wrote Afterlife With Archie, in which Jughead was the antagonist. And in this dark version of the universe, as well, Jughead had a shifty, outsider perspective.”