Riverdale SDCC 2016 Interview: Cole Sprouse

Burgers, friendships, and solving mysteries.

We caught up with Cole Sprouse, who plays the classic character Jughead on The CW’s Riverdale, to talk about his version of Jughead, being the comic relief, and his friendship with Archie.

Sprouse started off by saying that his Jughead is a combination of the Mark Waid & Fiona Staples reboot with the old Archie digest. “There’s also a small, little narrative within the old digest where Jughead is a sleuth, an amateur detective.”

Jughead acts as the narrator of Riverdale who guides the viewer through the disappearance of the Blossom twin Jason. The heavy storyline won’t take away from the fact that Jughead has always been the comic relief.

“He’s also still sardonic and sarcastic. It will eventually reveal itself. He’s still the comic relief.”

The mystery will also not take away from the bromance that he shares with Archie Andrews. In Riverdale they’ll be working through repairing their friendship instead of jumping straight into them being BFF’s.

“My understanding of Jughead and Archie is that we wanted to build a narrative of repair with them where they become super solid friends.” As a writing trope, it’s much more interesting to throw them in the ringer and let them work out some of the tension.

To hear more about eating burgers and being friends with Archie, check out our full interview with Cole Sprouse:

Riverdale premieres in 2017 on The CW.

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