‘Riverdale’: How to Audition for a Speaking Role

Riverdale Casting
Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse speaking at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Riverdale", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr / Creative Commons License)

Do you love the hit teen drama RiverdaleLearn how to audition for a speaking role on Riverdale. 

  • Riverdale is a teen drama TV series based on the characters from Archie Comics. The show was created for The CW by Archie Comics’ chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and is produced by Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, alongside Berlanti Productions and Archie Comics.
  • The show was originally envisioned as a feature film for Warner Bros. Pictures, but the idea was redeveloped as a TV series for Fox. In 2015, the development of the project moved from Fox to The CW, which the network ordered a pilot.
  • Filming takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • The show features a large cast based around the characters of Archie Comics.
Riverdale Cast
LOS ANGELES – APR 27: Riverdale cast members at the “Riverdale” Screening and Conversation at the Paley Center for Media on April 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, CA (Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com) 

What is the cast of Riverdale?

  • The cast includes KJ Apa in the role of Archie Andrews. 
  • Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper
  •  Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge
  •  Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, the series’ narrator
  • Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom
  •  Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy
  •  Casey Cott as Kevin Keller
  •  Charles Melton and Ross Butler as Reginald “Reggie” Mantle
  •  Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz

The show debuted on January 2017 to positive reviews. A 22-episode second season premiered on October 11, 2017 and ended on May 16, 2018. On April 2, 2018, The CW network renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on October 10, 2018.

What is the Riverdale plot?

  • Riverdale centers around Archie Andrews’ life in the town of Riverdale and explores the secrets behind its ostensibly ideal image.
The cast of “Riverdale” arrives at the 2017 Comic Con press room at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, CA. (CarlaVanWagoner / Shutterstock.com)

Who is the casting director for Riverdale?

  • According to IMDB, the casting directors behind Riverdale include Lyndsey Baldasare and David Rapaport.
  • Baldasare/Rapaport Casting are known for casting several major TV shows including The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Supergirl and 90210.

Acting Tips from the casting director of Riverdale:

In a recent interview, David Rapaport outlined a list of acting tips for aspiring actors. These include:

  • – Memorize your lines. The more familiar you are with the material, the more fun you can have, and the easier it will be to take direction and try new things.
  • – Staple your headshot to your resumé before walking into the audition room. Assume I will always want to see it.
  • – Be nice to your fellow actors, to assistants and interns. The walls are thin, and we can hear everything.  I was an intern and assistant once.  My interns and assistants will be tomorrow’s Casting Directors.  We remember.
  • – Know when to leave. There is this awkward moment at the end of each audition where we say “Thank you,” and the actor sometimes just stays put. That is your cue to go. I know we all want to leave behind a good impression, but overstaying your welcome is not the way to achieve that.
  • – The best way to get on my radar is to get yourself out there. If you can’t find an agent or can’t book a show, write your own script, film it, and put it online.
  • – Make your own opportunities.  Don’t wait for Hollywood to call.  Create your own material and starring vehicle.  Do it with friends, like you did when you were a kid.  If you have a smart phone you have no excuse.

How to audition for a speaking role

  • For a TV show, this big, casting directors are contacting talent through talent agencies. If you are interested in a speaking role in the upcoming new season, contact your talent agent for an audition. If you do not have an agent, check out our guide to landing an acting agent here.
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