No one messes with a Pussycat or a Blossom.
We got the chance to talk with Ashleigh Murray & Madelaine Petsch at San Diego Comic Con about what drives Josie McCoy and Cheryl Blossom, and what to expect from them this season on Riverdale.
To start off, both women are different from their comic book counterparts because Riverdale is a more grounded and dramatic take on Archie.
Petsch said that from the start she could tell that there was something different about Cheryl and the women of the show. “Every girl on this show is so strong and so independent, even Betty and Veronica. We’re all here as our own entities first.”
Murray continued by saying, “Each character is so relatable no matter what situation you put them in.”
Even Cheryl, the villain of the story, is more than just the bad guy on Riverdale. Cheryl’s journey breaks down over the course of the season as she deals with her brother’s mysterious death. “You see why she lashes out at people. You see the relationships behind the surface with her parents, the way that she’s treated. And you see and kind of understand so much more why she’s the villain.”
Also, despite both of their characters being vastly different, Josie and Cheryl respect each other and never cross the line. Murray said that, “We are elite in our own right. I walk in this kind of bubble where nobody can touch me and everybody knows what it is. And it’s the same thing with Cheryl.”
To learn more about Josie’s music style (Kesha/Demi,) these two queens eventually clashing, and what’s next for them on Riverdale, check out the full interview below!
Riverdale premieres in 2017 on The CW.