Seriously, Fandom clocked 68 deaths in the course of 73 episodes. Considering all that, does anyone really buy that the stars don't have some real-life drama of their own? But let's be real. For a series that pulled one of its leads straight from the Disney Channel, it's safe to say that the secrets held by the cast aren't that dark, especially compared to their on-screen counterparts. Cole Sprouse has had his fair share of headlines in , largely because of his split with co-star Lili Reinhart, but in June, things got a whole lot worse.
The former Disney star found himself caught up in a social media sexual assault scandal when an anonymous Twitter account with the handle Victori claimed Sprouse assaulted her after a party in while he was studying at NYU. According to the Twitter account, the pair had been drinking when they allegedly went back to Sprouse's room, where he started "fondling" the Twitter user's breasts against her will.
According to Buzzfeed News , the Riverdale fandom lept to Sprouse's defense and pointed out similarities the story shared with allegations leveled against the actor's other co-stars — all from anonymous Twitter accounts that had "a woman's name followed by a bunch of numbers.
I encourage that people look into the accusations themselves, as the events detailed were factually untrue. At the time of this writing, no one else has come forward and the account that accused Sprouse appears to be dormant. Cole Sprouse wasn't the only cast member of Riverdale who had allegations thrown at him on Twitter. Specifically, an alleged female fan claimed she was groped by Reinhart when they posed for a photo op, but the accuser's account was later "deactivated.
Reinhart was vocal in her defense of both Sprouse and herself. The star revealed that she and her cast mates planned to take legal action. But it was proven that this account was created specifically to create false stories about me and my cast. I can't think of something more twisted than lying about sexual assault," she wrote in a lengthy Twitter thread , adding, "This was incredibly triggering for me and scary because I've always supported survivors and believed them.
According to Us Weekly , one of the accounts eventually owned up to falsifying the story, posting in a since-deleted tweet: "Do you see how easy it is to lie and you guys will believe it?
You will believe anything. KJ Apa may best be known for his role on Riverdale, but the actor made his silver screen debut in with A Dog's Purpose. A year later, he got the chance to follow that up with The Hate U Give, a story based on the eponymous bestselling novel that highlights police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement. This role definitely put him on the path to becoming a serious movie star, but he only ended up landing the part in the 11th hour because the lead was fired.
Not long after, old videos in which Lawley used "several racist slurs" surfaced on the internet. Lawley apologized, but the damage was already done. He was dropped by CAA and cut from the flick. Apa was hired to take his place and Fox scheduled a week or so of re-shoots. In the wake of George Floyd's death, Cole Sprouse was one of the many celebrities who took to the streets during the nation's sprawling Black Lives Matter protests.
Though the Riverdale star claimed the protest he attended in Santa Monica, Calif. In an Instagram post , Sprouse revealed that police told the group of protesters that they'd get arrested if they didn't leave, but when they tried to disperse, they were cornered by a separate group of police who started "zip tying" people.
According to Us Weekly , the actor hit back at social media critics who accused him of posting a black square on Instagram, but little else. Their version of the series would see the twins return to the Tipton Hotel, where they'd mentor what's essentially a younger version of themselves. Disney allegedly shot them down, and even "almost laughed in [their] faces. They were also denied producer's credits and decided to walk.
The details are a little unclear. Some outlets have reported that it happened after a hour shoot. Warner Bros. On the day of the accident, KJ worked The previous day he worked 2.
KJ has repeatedly been informed about making production aware if he is tired or feels unsafe, and if so, either a ride or hotel room will be provided for him. Thankfully, Apa wasn't majorly injured, his car was the only vehicle involved, and he did return to set the next day for work.
Lili Reinhart has been open about her struggle with depression and anxiety, but the worst bout of mental illness happened right before she was cast in the hit CW series. Growing up, Reinhart didn't have an easy run in school.
In an interview with Self , the actress admitted that she felt "very out place" and "didn't have a lot of friends because [she] had social anxiety. The following year, she decided to go back to regular school but "had her first panic attack" on the first day.
This soon became a regular thing, and that's when she started seeing a therapist and taking medicine. In an interview with Collider , Murray revealed that Riverdale was her final audition before she was set to take six months off from the industry in order to get "back on [her] feet financially.
The day after her audition, she didn't even have enough money to get home from the grocery store and had to call her mom for help. That day, she found out she was going to Los Angeles. And then, I ran up the street and begged the guy at the laundry mat [sic] that I go to, all the time, to please let me dry my clothes there because I had a big audition the next morning. When Murray finally flew to LA, she nailed the audition, but it was a grueling process.
She had been up for a total of 36 hours by the time she finally got back to her hotel room to crash. Thankfully, she never had to look back. Madelaine Petsch's role as Cheryl Blossom should've gone off without a hitch, but the writers wove a plot line that forced the actress to face one of her biggest fears head-on in the very first episode. As fans know, Cheryl first appears in a boat, but in an interview with Glamour , Petsch revealed that she's absolutely terrified "of open bodies of water. When I read the script for that scene in Riverdale , I assumed they'd use a stunt double in the boat.
When I got to set they were like, 'So, we're gonna put you in a wetsuit. A what? To make matters worse, the person rowing her boat was Trevor Stines, her on-screen brother who'd never rowed a boat in his life. Petsch tried to talk herself through it, but admitted she was "having a panic attack. You can ask Trevor. I thought I was going to die," she said. Vanessa Morgan was a little late to the Riverdale game — but that doesn't mean she shouldn't be fairly compensated.
She also happened to be the only black series regular — and allegedly the lowest paid. In a May tweet , Morgan railed against the inequalities in Hollywood. Tired of us also being used as sidekick non dimensional characters to our white leads," she wrote. Though Morgan's tweet spoke to the industry as a whole, she made it very clear that Riverdale was not an exception. In a reply , she admitted she was the "only black series regular but also paid the least.
Though Morgan's tweet was indeed a bombshell that rightly angered fans, she did urge viewers not to harass her castmates because "they don't write the show" and "they don't call the shots. We love Vanessa. She's right. We're sorry and we make the same promise to you that we did to her. We will do better to honor her and the character she plays," he tweeted. The arguable worst of the bunch allegedly read, "Fat chicks need to understand that wearing yoga pants is a privilege, not a right," but in truth, all of the supposed tweets were very harsh.
Even Melton couldn't defend them. In a statement to Entertainment Tonight , the actor admitted he was "truly sorry" for the "inconsiderate comments. I am ashamed of how I acted and there is no excuse for that behavior. I'm striving to do better and will use this experience to grow, helping others to understand how these types of statements are completely unacceptable. Melton didn't just publicly apologize. He personally called his castmate Camila Mendes to express his regret.
Mendes has been vocal about her struggle with body image, and opened up to Marie Claire Malaysia via Just Jared that she suffered from an eating disorder. The actress told Access that she knew Melton wasn't "actually a bad person" and "he was devastated" about the comments. After spending years struggling with an eating disorder, Camila Mendes was not going to let mainstream magazines body shame her via Photoshop.
Lili Reinhart was right there behind her. The pair slammed Cosmopolitan Philippines for digitally altering their covers to make their figures look slimmer. According to Buzzfeed , Reinhart clapped back on her Instagram Stories. The actress admitted that both her and her castmate had struggled to feel confident in their own skin, and Photoshopped covers are part of that "everyday battle. As is. And you can't 'fix' us. I'm not interested in having a slimmer waist, I'm more than satisfied with the one that I already have.
According to Refinery29 , the magazine later deleted the altered images from their Instagram account. All rights reserved. The real-life drama of the cast of Riverdale.