Mädchen Amick Reveals What Makes Riverdale So Successful

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Mädchen Amick has been a lead in not one but two cult-classic TV shows (three if you count Witches of East End), so she knows a little something about what makes a series successful. Now playing Alice Cooper on Riverdale, the actress told LaPalme Magazine that it was a little weird when she realized, “‘Oh — now I’M the older generation, and these are the hot young things.'” We’d like to insist that Mädchen looks just as good as she did during her year on Twin Peaks, but that’s neither here nor there. During the same interview, the 48-year-old actress (yep, really) also dropped some other interesting tidbits, including how her younger Riverdale co-stars are coping with skyrocketing into super-fame, and what formula makes The CW show such a favorite amongst the millions of fans.

“I’ve had so many times in my career when I thought, ‘this could be something,’” she said. “This was one on the edge: on the one hand, Riverdale brings real nostalgia back. Everyone has fond memories of Archie comics. But they’ve given it such a darker edge, very Twin Peaks, so it brings a younger cooler feel for the younger audience.”

She continued, “I knew people would be expecting a comic book show based on Archie to be bright and happy. But ours is a clever resurgence of the idea. Our Archie, Betty, and Veronica are not all good kids – they’re complicated, flawed, have dark sides. We’re mixing genres – nostalgia, kitsch, and murder mystery.”

Speaking of Archie, Betty, and Veronica, Mädchen admitted that the stars behind the characters — KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, and Camila Mendes (and Jughead’s Cole Sprouse) are “handling things well,” and mentioned “It’s fun to watch them go through what we went through in 1990, though things have changed so much.”

Mädchen and Lili have a particularly special relationship playing mom and daughter on Riverdale. The two are each other’s biggest fans and Mädchen often gushes about what it’s like to work with the star who plays Betty Cooper.

Mädchen also presented Lili with Variety + H&M Conscious Award, saying, “I have the pleasure with working alongside one of the most beautiful, powerful, brave actresses that I’ve ever worked with in my career, Lili Reinhart. A lot of people ask, ‘What kind of advice do you give to Lili?’ and I say I don’t need to give any advice to Lili because she stands in her power. She’s a huge advocate for body awareness and mental health. I love this girl and can’t wait to stand by her side for years to come. Lili, congratulations.”

We can’t get enough of the Riverdale cast and, thankfully, Mädchen Amick keeps giving us EXACTLY the quotes we’re looking for to tide us over this mid-season break from season three.