After a series of debates about Jughead’s asexuality (or lack thereof), “Riverdale” has taken the character on a romantic turn. In “Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!”, the latest episode, Jughead revealed his feelings for Betty — and made a move on them. It’s true: Jughead Jones kissed Betty Cooper. Speaking to CBR and other reporters, Cole Sprouse — who plays Archie’s best pal — weighed in about Jughead’s vulnerabilities, his view of Betty, how he’ll deal with the Coopers and more.
“It’s important to remember that — though Betty and Archie when they were younger were this cute couple — Jughead, Betty and Archie were the three childhood friends. So Betty knows Jughead probably just as well as Archie does in certain ways and she is also this sort of nostalgic force of what was once morally just,” Sprouse explained. “I do believe Jughead is absolutely obsessed with what was once Riverdale, and Betty still represents this morality and purity that he associates to this more ‘Peter Pan’-like childhood version of Riverdale. He finds great comfort in that and becomes easily accessible and resonates with him.”
He also revealed that we’ll see Jughead without his hat on in moments of vulnerability — particularly where Betty is involved. “So there are a couple episodes — I won’t spoil too much — where you definitely get to see Jughead without a hat on, but we’ve saved it only for real vulnerable and personal moments,” he shared. “Yeah, you only see Jughead without his hat on in super vulnerable moments, because we kind of sold it as like his security blanket of sorts, and so – when he’s willing to take it off – it becomes this kind of special, vulnerable, personal thing. I think the first time he loses his hat is a moment with Betty. There are three episodes I think he loses his hat — it’s episode 10 (GET EXCITED!), episode 12, and once this episode [the finale] as well.”
As to Jughead’s relationship with the Coopers, Sprouse said, “Actually, episode 10 plays with that quite a bit. He kind of has this lone wolf complex, but he distances himself as an attempt not to get hurt. His direct involvement in writing about this murder puts him smack-dab in the middle of all these relationships and also gives him the power to really hurt and damage people who are close to him who he finds out end up being way closer to the actual case than he might wish, and that includes the younger and older crowd. With great power comes great responsibility and he finds himself in this power position, being able to write this manifesto of the underworkings of the town, and has the ability to really destroy people’s lives, and that’s a complicated thing to do.”
Starring K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, “Riverdale” airs Thursdays at 9 pm on The CW. The series also stars Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle and more. “Breakfast Club” alum Molly Ringwald will also recur as Archie’s mother Mary.
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