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Literally Just 25 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets That You Never Knew About “Riverdale”


Literally Just 25 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets That You Never Knew About “Riverdale”

Truck drivers have actually stopped for a meal on set because Pop’s Diner looks so realistic.

1. That Season 3 cliffhanger actually happened because Cole Sprouse was too cold to film in his underwear and refused to do it.

2. In the Season 4 premiere, the photos Mary looks through are actual photos of Luke Perry, which were provided by his family.

3. Jughead only has one beanie.

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During Season 1, Cole Sprouse wore the same beanie for the entire season. He said that by the end of shooting, they’d finally gotten another one but it ended up getting stolen.

4. Kevin and Archie’s kiss in “Wicked Little Town” was actually unscripted — Casey Cott and KJ came up with it as they filmed the episode.

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It was a nod to a similar moment from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

5. Cole Sprouse fought for the character of Jughead to be asexual, like he is in the newer comic books.

6. KJ thinks that Archie and Betty are endgame.

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But he hopes Archie can just be single for a little bit.

7. Madeleine Petsch is actually afraid of open bodies of water, and she didn’t like filming the scenes in Sweetwater River.

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When she was younger, she was in a glass-bottomed boat that broke and she’s been freaked out about it ever since.

8. Cole was actually called in to read for Archie first, but he liked Jughead better because he was the narrator and couldn’t be killed off.

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9. They also auditioned a bunch of natural redheads for Archie way before KJ was even considered.

10. Because KJ isn’t an actual redhead, he has to bleach his roots every two weeks to maintain it.

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KJ used to get his eyebrows bleached too, but had to stop because the bleach burned his skin.

11. Some aerial shots from the show have also been used on other TV shows, including Pretty Little Liars.

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12. Camila’s audition process was much longer and more nerve-racking than the rest of the cast. The whole process took about six months.

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Camila said that the producers kept bringing in different actors to compete with her and eventually show to the network, but none of them were quite right or as good as Camila.

13. Casey Cott and Rob Raco ate a ton of tuna before their first makeout scene and actually got the shot in two takes.

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Rob said being able to taste Casey’s tuna was a “bonding moment.”

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He didn’t get it, but stayed in the Riverdale universe and currently plays Ambrose on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

15. And Katherine Langford was in talks to play Betty.

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She even got lunch with Camila Mendes after they met at the audition.

16. Lili and her onscreen mom, Mädchen Amick, actually have matching arrow tattoos on their forearms.

17. Riverdale was almost a movie about time travel starring Louis C.K. as Archie.

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When creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was pitching the concept to Warner Bros., an exec actually suggested it be a sci-fi time-travel movie starring Louis C.K. Aguirre-Sacasa even tried to make it work, but the deal fell through.

18. Madelaine was a huuuuuge Archie Comics fan and has her own collection of them.

19. The Pop’s set is located really close to a major industrial thoroughfare, and truck drivers have actually stopped there for food because it’s so realistic.

20. KJ Apa accidentally broke his hand while he was filming the scene where Archie saves Cheryl from drowning in Sweetwater River.

21. Madelaine was originally brought in to read for Betty, but the casting director knew right away that he wanted her for Cheryl.

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22. Ashleigh Murray was about to quit acting right before being cast as Josie.

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She planned to take time off to work on her financial situation, and Riverdale was her last audition.

23. The hardest words for KJ to pronounce in an American accent are “girlfriend” and “burger.”

25. And finally, because producers were afraid of spoilers being leaked, they shot multiple scenes with different characters killing Jason Blossom.

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Even the cast didn’t know who the actual killer was, so they did their own sleuthing to figure it out.

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