Riverdale is now in its second season over on The CW, and fans have been introduced to several prominent new characters, one of whom is Toni Topaz. Vanessa Morgan plays the character, who was thought to be a potential love interest for Jughead Jones until it was revealed that she was in fact bisexual.
The actress sat down with Cosmopolitan to discuss this reveal and how she found out about it. She also talked about representation in Riverdale and how that is important for her:
I actually didn’t know they were making Toni bisexual until the press release, but it was something that I knew from the comics. I was so excited when I found out. I find in TV, you don’t see bisexual [characters] a lot. When people see “bisexual,” they still confuse it with promiscuity, which is so wrong. So I was so pumped to be the first bisexual on Riverdale and just normalize that for viewers.
Being the first bisexual on the show is surely a step in the right direction when it comes to representation on the small screen. With its ethnic cast, Riverdale has been a show that promotes diversity since its start, and Morgan notes that that is something she is proud to be a part of:
I’m super pumped to be part of a show that’s so diverse. It’s casting characters that every person can relate to — having bisexual and gay characters, all ethnicities. Riverdale is up to date with what is the new world and what is 2017. A lot of shows should follow suit, because there are a lot of shows where they don’t have that. They don’t have anything! Growing up biracial, I didn’t have someone to look up to watching TV or movies. Halle Berry was the closest one who looked like me. I’m happy to see more biracial people on screen, and I’m happy to represent for the little girls who didn’t have someone who looked like me on TV.
Riverdale airs on Wednesday nights on The CW. The show stars KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper, Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge, and Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones.
5 Batgirl Stories That Should Shape Joss Whedon’s Film
Well, now that we all know Batgirl will be getting her own movie, directed by Joss Whedon no less, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of film it will be. Yeah, we had a Batgirl in the terrible Batman and Robin movie, but she wasn’t even Barbara Gordon. Gordon is so clearly the most iconic Batgirl it’s ridiculous they thought to make up some other character for the movie.
Don’t worry though, loyal Batgirl fans. It’s already been confirmed Barbara will star in the movie. While there is always room for Whedon to develop his own stories for the character, it’s more likely he will draw from a few different comics to give audiences a well-rounded introduction to the character.
So hit Next to find out more about 5 Batgirl stories Joss Whedon’s DC Extended Universe movie should borrow ideas from.