Riverdale star Cole Sprouse revealed he was originally called in by producers to audition for the role of Archie Andrews in the CW series.
Sprouse told Variety he received a phone call from his agent, "who begged me to come back and audition for pilot season," which led to the actor being cast as Jughead Jones in Riverdale.
Although invited to read for Archie, Sprouse asked specifically for the role of Jughead, the town's brooding outsider. Sprouse saw the role as being more his style and read the part "like Rod Serling," narrator and creator of The Twilight Zone. The role was originally meant to be that of an outsider to the drama and mystery of Riverdale, but when showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa saw Sprouse's reading, "almost like an actor doing a Harold Pinter play," Jughead's part in the series was broadened.
Though Sprouse had initially turned his back on acting, he says the show "has given him a renewed appreciation for acting." Thus, despite a season-ending cliffhanger that might just spell the end for Jughead, Sprouse is happy to keep working on Riverdale. As he notes, "I think there could be a Riverdale without every single one of our characters. And then we'll appear as ghosts, or our twins will take our place."
Given the high strangeness the show has already embraced, this wouldn't be too big a stretch.
Returning to The CW on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. EST, Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Mark Consuelos, Skeet Ulrich, Marisol Nichols and Madchen Amick.