Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse isn’t playing an asexual Jughead, but he’s definitely discussed it with the show’s creators. At the Television Critics Association winter press tour, the actor spoke about how he fought for his character to be asexual, something that is referenced in the Archie comics where Jughead originates. Unfortunately, as of right now, that isn’t how he’s being played… yet.
“Jughead will have romances with women … and burgers, but at the end of the day, I still had to do my job.”
Jughead, Archie’s best friend, after a long history in the comics, was officially identified as asexual last year in the comics. Sprouse has promised that he will continue “fighting for this pretty heavily” because he believes it should be represented onscreen.
“I think there’s still a lot of room in Riverdale for that. Asexuality is not one of those things in my research that is so understood at face value and I think maybe the development of that narrative could also be something very interesting and very unique and still resonate with people, and not step on anyone’s toes.
I think sexuality especially is one of those fluid things where often times we find who we are through certain things that happen in our lives. If season one is one of those events or something like that needs to happen in season one for Jughead to eventually realize that kind of narrative, I’d love to play with that too.”
Riverdale is executive produced by Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl) and Sara Schechter. This will be Berlanti’s fifth show on The CW line-up this year.
Riverdale makes its series premiere on The CW on Thursday, January 26 at 9/8c.
The series also stars K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Ross Butler, Camila Mendes, Ashleigh Murray, Marisol Nichols and Madelaine Petsch.
Source: Hollywood Life