'Riverdale' Cole Sprouse on His Privilege: I Recognize How Lucky I Am

You’re lying if you say you didn’t have a crush on Cole Sprouse when he was on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

After a break from television to pursue a college degree at NYU, he’s back in the limelight as Jughead on Riverdale. And you still definitely have a crush on him.

In a new interview with HUNGER magazine, Cole addressed the position of privilege that he holds as an actor who has gone in and out of the industry.

He explains that going back to television wasn’t as easy of a decision as it seems, but his successful and well-known acting resume probably gave him an edge in landing the Riverdale role. Cole said,

“To return to a position of privilege within the entertainment industry to most people would feel like a no-brainer and, after I unpacked all of that, I saw how lucky I am to be included in a percentile of actors that are able to do that.”

He added,

“I don’t regret anything about my younger career, mainly because we were children and didn’t have too much power, but also because it gave us the privilege to be where we are now.”

He added,

“I know I keep dropping the ‘privilege’ word, but thousands and thousands of people work jobs they do not want and in their off time study and audition to try and get a role that they do not resonate with, and I’m very thankful for what I have.”

It’s kind of nice to hear a success actor acknowledge the position they hold.

Cole also discussed some of the nuances of Riverdale, and how it aligns with our country’s political/social climate. He explained,

Riverdale was an interesting piece because it came from a comic that was based on the Golden America narrative — the perfect [idea of] America that has been historically proven to be untrue, very complicated, and socially terrifying for anyone that isn’t a white man.”

With this in mind, Cole explains that the writers and creative team as a whole work hard to strike the balance between nostalgia and modern life, and how to break that down in an interesting and complex way.

Riverdale airs on Wednesdays on The CW.


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Allie Bush
Allie Bush is a Contributing Writer at Femestella. She is interested in creating and sharing entertaining and engaging content, in whatever form it may take. She is a proud TV junkie and in her spare time can be found watching late night talk shows, talking about Chrissy Teigen or Amy Poehler, or eating off of other people's plates.