‘Riverdale’: Lili Reinhart On The Betty & Veronica Rivalry

Riverdale, The CW’s new series based on the beloved comic book series Archie premieres in just twelve days. The series features a fresh take on the original source material but one element the series will remain faithful to is the dynamic between the characters Betty and Veronica.

In a new interview released by The CW, Lili Reinhart dishes on the romance between her character Betty Cooper and Archie (K.J. Apa) and the inevitable rivalry that will develop between Betty and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) when Archie takes notice of her but for now, the two will become best friends:

“I think Betty is obviously very skeptical as to why Veronica is being sweet to her but in the end, it’s because Veronica is trying to change her image and be a better person. So I think she thinks that hanging out with someone who seems like very sweet and wholesome is going to help her do that. It’s not as much a frienemy situation, for right now, but they care about each other and you definitely see that.”

You can check out the full interview below, which also teases Betty’s nemesis, the head of the cheerleading squad, Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch).

Riverdale premieres January 29, 2017, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Cole Sprouse, Ashleigh Murray, Casey Cott, Shannon Purser, Luke Perry, and Molly Ringwald. Here’s the official synopsis:

As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom — and nothing feels the same… Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music — not follow in his dad’s footsteps—despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him — certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind — as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves – which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Mädchen Amick) aren’t the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)… Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows…

Source: The CW

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV Reporter and the News Editor at Heroic Hollywood.