- Cole Sprouse has been acting his whole life, and he currently plays Jughead on “Riverdale.”
- He acted with his twin brother on “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” which is his favorite role.
- Sprouse studied archaeology in college and he has a passion for photography.
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Per Biography.com, his American parents, Melanie Wright and Matthew Sprouse, were in Italy teaching English at the time he and his brother were born.
According to a tweet Cole sent in 2015, Dylan was born 15 minutes before him.
“My brother and I were put into acting when we were 8 months old by our mother because we needed money. I never made the decision to join the arts or acting specifically. And so it was never really my passion,” Sprouse said in the post. “To be honest, if she never thrust me into it, I probably never would have thought of it as a career choice for myself.”
You might recognize him and Dylan as the kid in the movie “Big Daddy” or as Ross’s son Ben on “Friends.”
In a 2017 interview with the New York Post, Sprouse said, “I had a really, really hard time working with Aniston because I was so in love with her. I was infatuated. I was speechless — I’d get all bubbly and forget my lines and completely blank … it was so difficult.”
In 2016, speaking of his Disney past, he told Entertainment Weekly, “There was a feeling of machination; I felt like an automaton. I needed to take a break and step outside myself … I needed a dose of reality and I needed to see myself in a more objective point of view. And now I think I can enjoy [acting], which is a really fundamental part about being an actor.”
“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 told Hunger Magazine in 2017.
He also said that working as a child “eased a lot of the burdens that people live with day-to-day.”
The two enrolled in college at New York University and Cole said his goal was to “fade out peacefully.”
In a 2017 interview with Women’s Wear Daily, he explained, “It’s no new narrative to say that when people get out of child stardom, they often times rebel in very serious ways. I didn’t want to make that public spectacle. So part of the reason I went to college was that I wanted to fade out peacefully, show everybody I had gone through something that was quite challenging and difficult, but did so with grace and poise and got an education.”
In 2019 he told the LA Times that he studied archaeology, geographic information systems, and satellite imaging. He said he was interested in these topics because his grandfather was a geologist and the fields seemed “competitive and challenging.”
During a “73 Questions” interview with Vogue in 2021, Sprouse said he worked on an archeological site after college and found “an old ceramic theatrical mask of Dionysus in Bulgaria.
He also said that he sees himself returning to the field “eventually.”
In 2015 they told Teen Vogue that they switched places during their college graduation. As Cole told the publication, “[Dylan and I] actually received each other’s diplomas.”
“It was depression that drove me to do it. That’s the real truth. It was depression that led me to the camera. It heals you know, a hobby. There’s no bandaid like a hobby,” he wrote about photography on an Instagram post in 2016.
In 2017 he told Elle magazine he made the account after noticing too many people trying to sneak photos of him.
“I would always be dissatisfied that people wouldn’t just ask, because I always say yes. So @camera_duels was born. It was a way of coping or trying to turn it around in my favor and give me more agency in a situation,” he told the publication.
He said he also thinks “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004) is beautiful and it “never fails to make [him] cry.”
In 2017 he told Women’s Wear Daily, “At first when I received the script for the ‘Archie’ show, I was immediately turned off. But in more recent years, ‘Archie’ comics have tried to stray away from the ‘Golly, shucks Arch, let’s go to the sock hop’ thing.”
But Sprouse said he felt more of a connection with Jughead, explaining, “He’s very much an outsider. He has a pretty unique perspective because he’s seeing the town and the friendship and the friendships that are forming from a more objective point of view.”
In 2019, he told Glamour magazine the most romantic thing he’s ever done was take a road trip with Reinhart to Canada.
“I surprised her with a big hot-air-balloon adventure, which was quite a bit of fun. I like traveling quite a bit. I like road-tripping. Those grand experiences always end up yielding the greatest memories — and the greatest romances,” he told the publication.
“I was always rooting for them but, in the end, it doesn’t really work out,” he explained.
In 2017, when asked if Dylan might appear on the show, Cole told E! News, “That to me is also one of those things that, one, I’m hard-pressed to think Dylan would ever say ‘yes’ to and that I would ever approve of; and two, that wouldn’t break [the] fourth wall.”
He said he thinks it would be strange for the plot of the show if Dylan came on as a random identical twin to Jughead.
Funny enough, the actor ended up on “Riverdale,” a series based on the “Archie” comic books.
During his 2021 Vogue interview, Sprouse said, “My favorite comic is more of a graphic novel called ‘Black Hole.'”
In addition to the Charles Burns novel, the actor has a number of old “Incredible Hulk” and “Fantastic Four” comics. But his most precious comic is “Avengers #500.”
But he added, “I don’t really like to watch anything that I do, so I try to stay away from it.”
“When I graduated middle school, the crew threw a big graduation – I cried on screen. And you know what? I think it’s on video somewhere …” he said.
“It was the way that he was always in love with production. And he worked with his friends and his family and was still able to turn and do more independent films and artistic films while balancing commercialism,” he said.
“I know it sounds cheesy, I still have a really deep fondness for ‘The Suite Life,'” he said.
But the role that challenged him the most as a kid was in “Big Daddy.”
“It was this huge production, and I was 6, and I got to see New York City for the first time,” he said.