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Lili Reinhart Gets Real About Betty’s Soulmate

On paper, Betty Cooper is a dream girl. She’s the sugar to Veronica Lodge’s spice. In the original Archie comics, she’s presented as the perfect girl next door, as sweet as apple pie and as interesting as vanilla ice cream. In prolific comics writer Mark Waid’s current Archie run, Betty is a pretty tomboy with big dreams who’s still hopelessly hung up on her best friend and ex, Archie Andrews. But The CW’s Riverdale gives us a version of Betty we haven’t seen before, one with depth and a whole lot of darkness.

Last week on the show, Betty (Lili Reinhart) went “full dark, no stars” on football player Chuck Clayton, nearly drowning him in a hot tub after losing her grip on reality. Of course, this isn’t the first time Riverdale has unleashed Dark Betty; she also snapped in Episode 2, when she threatened to kill Cheryl Blossom for making fun of her sister, Polly, who’s currently being treated in a mental hospital. The cracks in Betty’s perfect facade are worsening by the week, and the profundity of her misery is becoming clearer. This is not the Betty Cooper of yesteryear.

Reinhart chatted with MTV News about Dark Betty; the connection she shares with her soulmate, Veronica, and her best friend’s friend, Jughead; and why the last thing Betty needs is a relationship with Archie.

Betty has a lot of demons. In addition to dealing with her sister Polly’s breakdown, she’s also buckling under the weight of her mother’s excruciatingly high expectations and her own depression and anxiety. This is definitely a Betty Cooper we haven’t seen before, and it’s a type of female character we don’t see too often on television.

Lili Reinhart: I suffer from depression and anxiety, and having a show and having a character that portrays a young woman who is dealing with that and the consequences of it — how it affects her friendships and her relationships with her mom and her sister — it’s beautiful to see that. Someone who’s seemingly so perfect on the outside is very much broken on the inside and trying to piece themselves back together. That’s what Betty is doing in Season 1. She puts a lot of pressure on herself, and her mom puts a lot of pressure on her to be perfect, and it’s overwhelming for Betty. She definitely hits some breaking points. She’s just a young girl trying to navigate today’s world, and that’s hard. It’s hard for all of us.
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Lili Reinhart Opens Up About Betty Cooper and Female Friendship

Betty Cooper, who was primarily defined in the Archie comics by her crush on Archie Andrews, is often seen as a the “girl next door.” Everything from her blonde ponytail down to her love of automotive repair made Betty a prototype for wholesome Americana as it was defined when the comics debuted in the 1940s.

But the ‘40s have long since passed, and as we all know, looks can sometimes be deceiving. Often, the “girl next door” has a lot of secrets of her own, and while it’s easy to hide behind a smile, her outward appearance doesn’t tell the whole story.

When Riverdale premieres tonight on the CW, it will give Betty that reboot that she deserves, showing audiences that there’s a multi-layered and complex girl underneath that bouncy hair and jean jacket.

For Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty, that three-dimensional transformation of these characters was extremely important. In the comics, Betty is tangled within a love triangle consisting of herself, Archie, and Veronica that, despite Betty’s friendship with Veronica, serves as a huge plot for a lot of the comics. Pitting women against each other? We’re so not here for that.

And neither is Riverdale. The show puts Betty and Veronica’s friendship front and center, pushing the love triangle off to the side. That decision was important to Lili, who tells Teen Vogue, “Our show does not focus on the rivalry and on the love triangle. These girls have other things going on in their lives besides Archie. There’s definitely a friendship there, and the friendship is strong at the end of the day. They aren’t frenemies, they aren’t rivals; they’re best friends, and they do truly care for each other.”

She adds that it’s important to honor the complex friendship between Betty and Veronica, who may fight and clash, but deep down, love one another and care for each other deeply. As anyone who has had a fight with their best friend knows, there’s nothing more relatable than that. Lili adds, “That’s beautiful and very refreshing to see on television…to not portray young women as being catty against one another. They can actually have these beautiful, strong friendships,” and notes that Betty and Veronica especially “don’t need to be pitted against each other, like they were in the comics.”
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For Lili Reinhart, Betty Cooper Was the One That Stuck

Lili Reinhart moved to Los Angeles on Jan. 8, 2016; exactly one year later, she found herself shaking hands with Viola Davis and gawking at Ryan Reynolds at the Golden Globes after parties. “I was completely overwhelmed, but in an otherworldly kind of way, in a great way,” she says, over the phone from on set in Vancouver. “It’s so weird to me because our show hasn’t aired yet, so part of me feels like I’m somewhere I shouldn’t be, you know? Because no one knows who I am. But it was incredible. I walked by Natalie Portman and she is one of my idols. And I was just like ‘holy s–t, she’s even tinier in person!’”

The 20-year-old is understandably still pinching herself. After attempting a solo move to Los Angeles at age 18, she retreated back home to Cleveland after five months of no success. “That was July 2015,” she says. “And I sat around for six months and thought about whether I wanted to try again, and if I should go back out there. I did a self tape at home with my mom, and we sent in the tape and it didn’t go anywhere. But then I moved to L.A., and a couple days after I moved my manager was, like, ‘so they still haven’t found that girl for Betty. I want you to go in again and try.’”

In “Riverdale,” she is Betty Cooper, but her version is a modernized take on the good-girl-next-door narrative, breaking away from the “plucky, happy-go-lucky light of the Fifties” and showing her as a “dark real teenager in today’s world, dealing with social media.” Reinhart wasn’t previously familiar with the Archie empire, which meant she was able to craft a Betty from scratch.

“Our Betty Cooper is still the girl next door — she literally lives next to Archie. And she’s the blonde all-American girl, she’s so sweet and forgiving, gives people the benefit of the doubt and second chances, wears her heart on her sleeve,” Reinhart says. “But she’s also incredibly broken on the inside, for many different reasons. For one thing, she suffers from mental health issues, and that’s something that I resonate with — I struggle with depression and anxiety, and I’m very open about that. So I can very much relate to Betty in that way, and that there’s a vulnerability inside.”

Making her mark on such a storied character, with a 75-year history a large swath of Americans know lovingly, is certainly a prime way to launch into an acting career. As Reinhart puts it, “what a difference a year makes.”

Source: WWD

Lili Reinhart interview with Obsessee

“I grew up with anxiety and depression, and going through high school, I felt entirely out of place. I felt very underwhelmed by the high school experience, and though I definitely felt pressure to be more social and not be so introverted, that’s just honestly who I am. I didn’t like to go to parties. I didn’t like to drink. That wasn’t fun to me, because from a very young age, I knew what I wanted to do: act and live in L.A. I was so ready to just get out of the small town that I grew up in and pursue my dreams. My mom was always like, ‘We just want you to have a backup plan if acting doesn’t work out.’ And I always said, ‘I don’t want a backup plan. I don’t want a plan B, because when things get hard, I’m going to fall back on that, and I’m going to give up, and I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to give myself an option to give up, because this is what I’m going to do.’ “Especially having this inner struggle with myself, with depression and anxiety about life, I felt very alone. But I made it through because I wasn’t afraid to talk about my feelings, and I was very open with my parents. For example, I wanted to see a therapist, and I did, and it very much helped me. More recently, when I was feeling anxious about something in my life, I was told something helpful from a cast member: ‘Everybody is scared. Everybody is worried about what they’re doing. Everybody worries about what other people think, but none of us know.’ You're not the only one who is messing up. Everyone around you is figuring it out too, so when you feel like you have no idea what to do or what you're going to do with your life or where you’re going to go, just remind yourself that every other person in the world is dealing with the same thing. They’re just finding their own way to work through it. To me, it’s just about reminding myself we’re all wandering around sometimes.” — @lilireinhart, aka Betty on @thecwriverdale, series premiere TONIGHT at 9/8c on The CW. [2/3]

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#TeamBetty: Interview With Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart

The CW’s Riverdale premieres on January 26, and continuing our string of interviews related to the series, today the spotlight falls on Lili Reinhart who plays the role of Betty Cooper. In the comics, we know Betty as the “nice girl,” and on Riverdale she is literally the girl next door, albeit with a mom who is not too fond of her hanging out with that Andrews boy.

“There’s a lot more to Betty than just wanting to be with Archie,” Reinhart says about her character. “That’s very important for us. It was important that we set that tone for our show, that Betty has a lot more going for her than just Archie. Both the girls – both Betty and Veronica, because in the comics it’s just kind of a back and forth between which girl Archie wants which day, but in our show, it’s definitely not the case. These girls are very strong and independent women. They don’t get walked all over by Archie,” she assures.

One added depth to Betty in the TV series is that she has some issues at the Cooper household. “Betty is dealing with a lot of family problems in the show and in this season, she’s dealing with her sister who was sent away, and Betty’s trying to discover why. Certainly someone’s keeping secrets from her, and there’s a very big divide between Betty and her parents, and that’s a big arc for Betty,” Lili teases. In exploring this storyline, we will see some of Betty’s inner strength. “Betty’s strong in her own sense and you see that throughout the season when she fights against her parents to find out what happened to her sister. She’s maybe not as confident and as bold and blunt as Veronica, but she’s strong in the sense that she’ll do anything for her sister, specifically, and she’s just a really good friend,” she says.
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‘Riverdale’ Lili Reinhart Interview

The CW’s ‘Riverdale’ is Dark and Mysterious, But Lili Reinhart is the Total Opposite

The CW’s ‘Riverdale’ is Dark and Mysterious, But Lili Reinhart is the Total Opposite

If you love the Archie comics, then you’re probably (not so) patiently awaiting the premiere of Riverdale on the CW.

The series is definitely a darker take on the comic books, but we can’t wait to see how the characters come to life. One of our faves, the fantastic Lili Reinhart, will be playing Betty Cooper and we got the chance to catch up with her this week.

She told us all about her awesome pets back home, crazy talent and more below!

Full Name: Lili Pauline Reinhart
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Birthday: Sept. 13
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Fun Facts
1. She has two dogs that live with her family in North Carolina. “Delilah is my baby,” Lili tells Sweety High. “She’s a golden retriever, and we call her ‘Big D.’ Then there’s little Sunny. She’s a Yorkie-Bichon mix and enjoys laying in my bed until one p.m.” This adorable holiday shot of the three was just enough to send us over the edge.

2. She recently started a crystal collection. “My favorite piece is my aquamarine bracelet,” she says. “It emits a calming energy and promotes an even temper, which I need when I’m driving in L.A.” No argument there, road rage in the City of Angels is no joke!

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