- “Riverdale” star Lili Reinhart requested that Betty Cooper stop transforming into “dark Betty” on the series’ next season.
- The actress told Teen Vogue that it “became a mockery of itself.”
- Her dark persona wears a black wig and lingerie.
“Riverdale” star Lili Reinhart is done with “dark Betty.”
In an interview with Teen Vogue, the 22-year-old actress said she made a request to stop transforming Betty Cooper into her dark persona.
“I think it kind of became a mockery of itself,” she said. “It was supposed to be this dark side of her that she wasn’t able to express otherwise, and it just became this weird sexual thing that people didn’t really understand.”
Betty wears a black wig and lingerie to transform in her dark alter ego and was introduced for the first time on season one when Veronica and Betty confronted Chuck about his misogynistic behaviour. “Dark Betty” ended up handcuffing Chuck to a hot tub rail and pushing his head under the water with her high heel.
On season two, she donned the wig and lingerie when she briefly became a webcam girl, as well as when she and Jughead hook up at Veronica’s family lake house.
During the “Riverdale” panel at New York Comic Con Sunday, Reinhart said that she now considers “dark Betty” as “badass, rather than when she’s wearing a wig.”
Reinhart has spoken about her dislike of the wig before but mostly because it was uncomfortable to wear.
“I hate that wig, I hate it. It’s just uncomfortable,” Reinhart she told People magazine at the 2018 PaleyFest in Los Angeles. “To be honest I never want to wear that wig again.”
She told People, “I think Dark Betty is more a representation of a young girl figuring out her sexuality … It’s more just a girl’s outlet into figuring out who she is and dealing with the stress of her everyday life.”
“Riverdale” returns Wednesday at 8 p.m. on The CW.
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