Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Archie Horror television empire is part teen soap behemoth, part Young Hollywood matchmaking scheme. The franchise has a better romantic track record than The Bachelor, with couples like Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes and Charles Melton, and (allegedly) Ross Lynch and Jaz Sinclair coming together on-screen and off during their tenures on Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The most public, yet still most underrated pairing to come from the Archie Horror love connection is Ross Lynch and Gavin Leatherwood, a bromance for the centuries. We're telling their brotherly love story from the beginning because this odd couple has what it takes to go the distance.
We don't know much about Ross and Gavin's meet-cute, but we're assuming it happened sometime during the beginning of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's first days on set. The witchy series began production in Vancouver on March 19th as Riverdale finished its second season so the two Archie Horror shows could share crew members. Actors from both series have shared that the Chilling Adventures and Riverdale casts like to socialize when they can, so even though Ross and Gavin didn't share any scenes at the beginning of Part 1, off-camera cast bonding likely began this beautiful friendship.
Like most modern couples, Ross and Gavin like to put it all out there on IG. One of the earliest public mementos of their bromance is a post from Gavin's main account plugging Chilling Adventures's official Instagram profile from July 2018. Buzz had just begun building about the fledgling hit, and while doing his cast-ly diligence to promote the series, Gavin also gave us our first glimpse into his friendship with Ross. The official Sabrina IG reposted this picture with Ross creeping in the background, hidden behind some strange piece of furniture. Spooky.
Just Jared Jr. confirmed that Ross and Gavin's scene during "The Witching Hour" was their first time together onscreen, which Gavin spilled the tea on in a Refinery29 interview in October 2018. By that time, Ross and Gavin were already the best of friends, and the latter caught a case of the giggles during the dramatic scene. Gavin explained that being so serious with Ross after laughing and joking around for the past few months made him totally lose his sh*t.
Less than a month later, in November 2018, Ross talked to The Wrap about how "adorable" he thinks Nick Scratch and Harvey Kinkle are together, adding that he had texted Gavin that day to celebrate fans shipping the characters so early during the series. Ross added that he loves Gavin as a human being and that they have a "really good relationship" before describing their "The Witching Hour" scenes as one of the most fun days he had on set. We stan hot actors who are confident enough in their masculinity to actively encourage their characters being romantically linked by fans.
Gavin took this bromance back to Instagram in December 2018, when he captioned one of his photos with a quote from his BFF, Ross. The picture, which was an intense close-up of Gavin's face, had LuluLemon, Ross Lynch, and Deepak Chopra tagged, and we're assuming Gavin was pointing out Ross's motivational speaking skills by referencing the famous spiritual guide. The Ross-attributed caption said, "All you have is your next choice," followed by a yellow flower emoji. Some yellow flowers represent friendship, like yellow roses, and this friendship is one for the ages.
Even though Ross has said some sweet things about Gavin to the press, it's Gavin who's been the most vocal about their bromance on social media. He even shared a tender picture of the two best friends hugging on IG in December 2018 with the caption, "That moment you realize you won't see each other every day." It seems like this was taken before Chilling Adventures took a holiday filming hiatus, and the boys were prepping for some light separation anxiety. Their height difference is so perfect, it almost makes us wish this bromance was a romance.
This may have been a latergram, but it looks like Ross, his probable GF Jaz Sinclair, and Gavin spent Christmas together in Gavin's hometown. In this Christmas Day IG post, the Oregon native (who was born in the Pacific Northwest before moving to Yorba Linda) and his Chilling friends are hanging with Gavin's sister and her boyfriend in Willamette Falls. Spending the holidays together is a big step, even if Ross and Jaz weren't a part of the Leatherwood family's Christmas Day scavenger hunt (which is well documented over on Chloe Leatherwood's featured IG Stories). Maybe next year!
We've written about this picture on The Whisp before assuming that it was taken during Chilling Adventures filming, but judging by the boys' heartfelt IG goodbye after filming wrapped and their quick trip to Oregon, Jaz and Gavin's birthday surprise for Ross might have happened while they were still on vacation (or in his own apartment). Wherever they were, the Driver Era frontman was woken up on his big day by his alleged girlfriend and his best friend with coffee and a song by The Wipe Outs because they're all so young and hip.
Three months after Gavin first talked to Refinery29 about his first (and at that point, only) scene with Ross, he spoke to Grue Monkey about the experience and how it shaped his now-rock solid bond with the former Disney star. Gavin said he'd been friends with Ross before their one-on-one scene, but that day "solidified a tight bond" between the BFFs. He also shared that he can't say enough good things about Ross and that they've improvised songs together during the self-proclaimed "around the campfire" singer's jam sessions with his rockstar bro. Gavin finished the interview by saying he'd be open to having Nick and Harvey become lovers on the series, and that he's down for "any excuse to smooch that adorable man."
This might pale in comparison to Gavin revealing that he's very DTS (down to smooch) his co-star and IRL buddy, but his February ping pong IG is a rare moment of normalcy for the platonic couple. Ross was given photo creds on this HUJI of Gavin laughing on the other side of a ping pong table as the boys wind down with some good old fashioned competition. It's about time we came up with a couple name for the inseparable pair — Ravin? Goss? Leatherlynch? Lynchwood? Thankfully, their friendship is more solid than their nickname options.
Ross finally gets in on the IG game with this post from April 2019. As his rumored GF laughs in the background, Ross greets his actual one true love, Gavin, as they reunite in New York City. First, they seem to be either play-fighting or going in for a dap, then the next two pictures are of the boys emotionally hugging as their friends and manager Stephen David Belden look on. Ross captioned the photo with the beginning of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" belt, in case the photos weren't getting his point across.
Gavin, Ross, and Kiernan Shipka did a promotional shoot for Netflix in April 2019, but Gavin only shared behind the scenes HUJIs of himself and Ross goofing around in their monochromatic 'fits. Ross rocked cow print jeans with a matching jacket, a white turtleneck, and black Adidas, while Gavin was given red pants, a lighter red shirt, and a long red raincoat with black converse. We'd love to know what, exactly, this bizarre shoot was for, but the boys both pulled off their statement looks with panache. Clearly, Ross and Gavin are the real victors in this love triangle. Sorry, Kiernan.
Part 2 of Chilling Adventures went all-in on the Nick and Sabrina ship, making Ros a new love interest for Harvey and turning this love triangle into a fairly neat love square. Even though it looks like Harvey and Nick’s battle for Sabrina’s heart has been put on hold for now, people still take sides in the series’s first romantic dilemma. While Nick is team Nabrina, Gavin revealed to W Magazine that he’s team Sabrina and Harvey. Gavin says this is because they’re each other’s first love, but we wouldn't be surprised if it had a little more to do with Gavin's respect for his romantic rival IRL.
It's nearly impossible to find celeb comments on Instagram's desktop site, but their app makes it easy by featuring notable comments first under photos as users scroll. We noticed that Gavin commented on Ross's hair transformation with an inside joke between friends (and die-hard fans of the series):
Gavin wrote "Harry..." under Ross's photo, captioned, "hello Harvey," to which Kiernan responded, "IT'S HARVEY." You may remember that Nick didn't remember Harvey's name when they first met, and it seems like Gavin is using that little #TBT as a good-natured social media Easter Egg. Method acting, anyone?
Only a month after Gavin and Ross said a heartfelt hello in New York City, Gavin posted this photo of the boys back in town with the hashtag #reunited. The IG post of Ross lovingly looking into Gavin's eyes while playing guitar is captioned, "Find yourself a friend who looks at you the way Ross looks at me," and his comments are full of fans shipping this PDA-heavy bromance. Naturally, we'd love to be serenaded by Ross Lynch, but seeing these BFFs' intense eye contact might be the next best thing.
May was a banner month for these bros. Not only did they make some smoldering eye contact during their musical reunion, but Ross also shared on IG that he'd been crashing on Gavin's couch. He posted a photo of his texts with Gavin, showing that the boys had messaged each other photos of them wearing matching Team Harvey hoodies, and Ross said they'd been twinning for about five days. This absence only made this supportive couple's hearts grow fonder, and we dig Ross rocking his airpods in a subtle IG flex.
Filming for Chilling Adventures Part 3 has, apparently, begun, and we couldn't be more thrilled. Ross took over Gavin's Instagram account to post a photo of Gavin and Richard Coyle on set, which points towards some major trust between bros. Either Ross has Gavin's IG login information, a huge step in any relationship, Ross has Gavin's passcode, or Gavin left Ross alone with his open phone. No matter what the situation was, giving any other human access to your social media is basically the Gen-Z equivalent of buying a house (since none of us can afford to be homeowners these days).
At first, we thought only Gavin had shared this smokin' photo of himself and Ross chilling shirtless on set until we noticed a comment from Ross stating that he didn't think anyone had noticed yet. Noticed what, we wondered. Being the natural-born detectives we are, we scrolled back a little on Ross's profile to find that they had posted matching photos with the captions "One..." and "Two..." If anyone has a clue as to the whereabouts of "Three," those of us here at the whisp's dedicated Archie Comics FBI Department welcome any and all anonymous tips.
Returning to the yellow flower motif, Gavin, Ross, and DILF (Devil We'd Like To F*ck) Luke Cook showed their "Flower Power" in a shirtless group picture next to a yellow rose bush like the IRL Tumblr kawaii edit they are. Luke shared the live photo on his IG, which was just too much for us to handle. Who took these pictures, and are they okay? Consider this our official petition to have Luke join the Lynchwood bromance ASAP, if only so that we can get more of this quality content.
They're getting the band back together. Our OG love triangle took the MTV Movie & TV Awards red carpet by storm in June, where Kiernan was nominated for Best Performance in a Show and the series got a Best Musical Moment nod for "Masquerade." Contrary to Ross's IG caption, they didn't actually win anything, but Kiernan was right when she commented that they're "CUTE AF." Ross also posted a photo series of the trio dramatically walking down the red carpet like the stars they are, which is where the love triangle really won that night.