Where are you from?
"From Cleveland, Ohio. I had a nice childhood, grew up as the middle of three sisters and my parents are still together. I have always loved performing arts: started acting very young. In my early puberty, I decided that I wanted to do something with it. My parents encouraged me with musical, theater and dance lessons. I also did other things, such as basketball and football, but I did not bake anything. "
Riverdale means your big breakthrough. Did you have a lot of auditions before you got the role of Betty Cooper?
"Oh yes, hundreds of auditions, between my 14th and my eighteenth. In Ohio there were not really many castings, so together with my mother she filmed many audit tapes that I sent to several casting directors. Nowadays I live in LA and I personally go to auditions. '
Then you have often been rejected in the past! Can you handle this well?
"I have learned not to bet on one horse when it comes to auditions. I believe that everything happens for a reason: if a door closes somewhere, another door opens and new perspectives and opportunities emerge. '
I read that you suffer from anxiety attacks. Then a life in the spotlight is not obvious. Fame also brings a certain pressure with it.
"Right. I am someone who easily gets stressed and I have experience with anxiety attacks, depression and collapse. Sometimes it is difficult to be known. Everyone looks at you and therefore you get the feeling that you can not have an off day . Even on bad days, when I am having trouble with myself or when unpleasant things happen in my personal life, I still have to do interviews and photo shoots. That feeling that you have to be constantly "on" and must be the best version of yourself is very tiring. It is also not realistic: I am only a human being. '
The theme of depression among young people is a topical subject. You speak openly about your own experiences. Is that sometimes difficult?
'Of course I have thought whether I'm ready to share my story with the world, but this topic is too important to be silent.' Does it make you stronger by talking about it? 'Yes absolutely. It is important to face your own feelings and to express them: that helps with the healing process. There are people who do not recognize their own depression. But as long as they do not face the problem, they do not go any further. You know, you can not lie to yourself. You can not fake happiness. I believe it is incredibly important that people dare to take a step back to work on themselves. People who dare to indicate their limits and dare to say "No, not for now" are strong people. "
A while ago you spoke about body-conscious issues in response to a fiercely photographed photo of yourself. What made you so angry?
'Nowadays you are only confronted with images and photographs of beautiful men and women who all have the same body type. If that image is the only thing that the media presents, it is difficult to realize that it is also okay if you do not have the desired body type. Unconsciously we get the message that we are only beautiful if we look like this. But there are a thousand different body types. Beauty is not just that small group of models that are tall, slender and white, with straight hair. Fortunately, I notice that people are more and more intrigued by unique styles, faces and body shapes. '
You have almost eight million followers on Instagram. Do you think twice before you post something?
"Ha ha ha, yes! With every tweet I make sure that I do not accidentally bump anyone in the head. Even if that is impossible, because there is always someone who feels hurt or offended for whatever reason. You can not avoid that. But all right, I can not plea everyone, so I try to stay authentic and not censor myself too much. People are simply quickly insulted. It looks like they love it. "
How do you describe your style? What's in your closet?
'Very honest, I am still discovering my style. But I do have a clear preference for a vintage vibe ; I love female forms, a classic cut and delicate, romantic materials such as lace and silk. On the other hand, I also love a good leather jacket with a pair of sturdy boots underneath. Actress Emma Roberts always looks great. She is my fashion icon. "
Photography: Damon Baker
Styling: Amarsana Gendunova
Her Kristin Heitkotter for Laced Hair Extensions, T3 Tools and Oribe (TMG LA).
Make-up Adam Breuchaud for Chanel (TMG LA).
Manicure Stephanie Stone.
Joseph Wilson production.
Digital operator Merlin Viethen.
Assistant photography Gregory Graham Dalton.