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9 Of The Most Interesting Things We Just Learned About Madelaine Petsch From “Riverdale”

Madelaine Petsch is best known for her role as Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale who, IMO, is the baddest bitch on that show ’cause girl is crazy AF (but, like, in a good way?).


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Well, Madelaine — aka Cheryl, IRL — recently took to her YouTube channel to answer a bunch of burning questions from Riverdale fans and the answers are pretty great. Here’s what we learned:

1.

She initially auditioned for the role of Betty, not Cheryl.


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Two days after trying out for a role on Legends of Tomorrow, Petsch went in to audition for the role of Betty, even though “[she’s] pretty sure they always knew they wanted [her] for Cheryl.” Still, it wasn’t until four months later that she auditioned to play the Blossom twin.

2.

And, before getting cast on Riverdale, Madelaine had a bunch of different jobs.

She worked at both a political consulting firm and a hookah lounge, as well as took jobs as a barista, a hostess, a waitress, and a personal assistant to a photographer.

3.

Despite getting scuba diving training for it, the underwater scene in the Season 1 finale was still “physically very hard” to film.


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“So basically, it was in a shipping container and they filled the shipping container up with water and threw me in it in my white dress. There was one hole in plexiglass ‘ice’ and the rest of it was covered, and then there was one hole on the very end. I had to start at the [first] hole and then go underwater with wax up my nose…and they would pull me along very slowly with my eyes open for that shot where I’m kind of floating backwards…and I had to hold my breath until I got to the other side.”

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Madelaine was “actually really intimidated” when she first met Camila Mendes, aka V.

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“She’s so beautiful, and so kind. She walked in and I was like, ‘Oh my God, she’s so pretty! Her style is so cool. I hope she likes me.’ And, we had just met for the first time, but she was so down-to-earth, automatically so funny, and she’s got such a great personality. We got along like a house on fire.”

5.

She loves to play Cheryl because of her complexity.


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“I think every actor dreams of a role where you can play so many different things and Cheryl allows me to do so much. There’s all of these defense mechanisms that she’s built up and these walls that she’s built up.”

She added that episode 6 of the upcoming second season features one of Cheryl’s “coolest scenes.” (Mark your calendars!!)

It was very terrifying but so amazing and so cool. And, the things that my character gets to do — I never thought I would even be able to do these kinds of things for a TV show.

6.

Turns out, our fave HBIC was a competitive dancer for 16 years before she moved to Los Angeles.


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7.

Fans always assume that she’s a lot like Cheryl, but that’s a total misconception.

“People really think that I’m Cheryl in real life, but what you have to realize is that when someone’s playing a television character, they’re not actually that character in real life. Somebody’s writing for me. But, when I’m off set, I’m the weirdo Madelaine that you all know.”

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She is, in fact, a natural red-head and “was an outcast for the majority of [her] life” because of it.

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But, the actress gave some great advice to those experiencing something similar. She told fans, “Just, always remember that it’s important to be your own person and as you grow up, you start appreciating the things that make you different.”

9.

Lastly, like most of us these days, she’s a chronic binge-watcher.

In addition to Rick and Morty, she loves Netflix’s Travelers and is “dying to see the next season.” As for movies, her favorites include American Beauty, Fight Club, and American Psycho, but “obviously Harry Potter is always #1.”

To learn even more about Madelaine watch the full video here.










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