Lili Reinhart Talks Anxiety, ‘Riverdale’, and More

The stars of Riverdale are under a microscope at all times. We can’t even imagine what it’s like to have every move torn apart and analyzed, the way they are. Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper on the hit CW show, has been the subject of a lot of media attention.

Especially since word hit that she was dating Cole Sprouse.

The actress did a shoot for W Magazines digital site and boy, she’s stunning. She also opened up about Riverdale, fame and so much more.

On her first opinions of her co-stars: “I thought KJ [Apa] was so hot, so charming. I had seen Cole [Sprouse] and Camila [Mendes] at the studio test, and thought Cami was so beautiful. It’s funny, I don’t really remember having an opinion on Cole, to be honest. Of course, I had grown up watching [The Suite Life] but I wasn’t really starstruck. He just seemed like this really attractive, normal guy.”

On feeling like she letting fans down: “When people come up and ask for pictures, it’s like, of course. And sometimes I am in a terrible mood, but I’ll still do it, and then I do feel like, ‘What if that fan experience was a let down for them and I wasn’t as exciting in person?’ But I am not Betty Cooper. I’m always going to try to be as happy and grateful to fans, but I’m also just trying to live my life. I don’t have an on switch all of the time. It’s something that I am getting used to, or trying to. I don’t know how anyone can get used to that.”

On having anxiety: “I had had to quit a few jobs in North Carolina because of how anxious they made me. My anxiety was so bad that I had to keep quitting jobs because I physically could not work,” she explained. “But I knew I needed to make money, so I got the job and the women there was like, ‘You need to go find a black button-up shirt and slipless shoes.’”

“I threw up in my Uber because, one, I was carsick, and two, I was having a panic attack,” she said. “I get home, lock the door in my room, immediately Skype my mom and said, ‘Mom, I’m not okay.’ I had to get a brown paper bag and breathe into it, which felt so dramatic, but I really could not breathe. I felt like my world was crashing. I didn’t want to admit defeat, but I was like, ‘I need to come home. My mental health is suffering, and it is making me physically ill.’”

On getting the role of Betty Cooper: “I was making myself a hotdog and pulling some curly fries out of the oven, and I got the call from manager, and she said, ‘You got it. You’re Betty Cooper.’ It felt so unreal. My friend was standing across from me, and when I put the phone down he said, ‘I literally just watched your life change.’”

To read Lili’s entire interview, CLICK HERE.

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