San Diego Comic Con Roundtable: Ashleigh Murray and Madelaine Petsch on Riverdale Season 2

Ashleigh Murray and Madelaine Petsch were big discoveries on Riverdale. Murray plays Josie, a sassy modern take on the musical lead singer of The Pussycats. Petsch was a magnificent bitch as Cheryl Blossom, the queen bee of Riverdale High and sister of the murdered Jason Blossom.

Both Petsch and Murray were equally magnificent in person at Comic-Con. We joined a roundtable interview with Murray and Petsch at Comic-Con to hear about season two.

Q: What did you reveal in the panel?

Ashleigh Murray: We talked a lot about love interests. We talked a lot about new cast members. We talked a lot about the new direction we’re going in Riverdale. It’s a lot of edginess, a lot of sexiness, a lot of darker tones. Things that are going to affect everyone in town. Houses burning down, questions about who we are as people.

Q: The music has been one of the lighter things on the show. Will Josie and the Pussycats still be performing?

Ashleigh Murray: Yeah, there’s going to be more music in season two which is great. Josie’s also going to be experiencing what it’s like to further her music career and that might cause disruption in the group. So there’s going to be a lot of elements to that in season two.

Q: What does it mean to be brazen?

Ashleigh Murray: I feel like being brazen means to me just unapologetically you. There’s no reason to apologize for how you feel, where you stand. It’s no different from anyone else’s opinions, especially if they’re not a woman. I think just being unequivocally yourself is what brazen is to me.

Madelaine Petsch: Hit the nail on the head. I’ll take that answer too. Ditto.

Q: Do the Blossoms have a chance to go through grief over the loss of Jason?

Madelaine Petsch: I got closure on Jason. Cheryl is moving on. Good lord.

Q: And her dad?

Madelaine Petsch: Yeah, I don’t think she’s grieving about that one too hard. Cheryl took a choice to kind of be reborn from the ashes. She is no longer interested in being treated the way she’s treated by her parents. She was a doorknob for so long in her family and she’s not doing it anymore. She’s taking the reigns back. She’s definitely putting her mother in her place and she will be in charge this season of the Blossom family, what’s left of it.

Q: Is she also taking more control at school?

Madelaine Petsch: Not necessarily more control. I think it’s that she is more unapologetic and she’s even meaner this season because she tried. Can you believe it? Her walls are up even further. She put her defense mechanisms down last season and it didn’t work well for her so she’s getting colder, she’s getting meaner.

Q: How does it feel to work in a cast with so many other women?

Madelaine Petsch: I feel like there’s always one bad seed, is what I hear. We haven one. We have no bad seeds. We have all amazing seeds.

Ashleigh Murray: It doesn’t even feel like going to work, you know what I mean? We miss it and show up just like, “Hey, what did you have for dinner last night?” We’re just all hanging out. We want everybody else to have really cool projects. We just want everybody else to succeed. We love each other so much that there’s no competitive nature whatsoever. It’s really, really wonderful and it’s so rare so I’m trying not to get used to it.

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Fred Topel also known as Franchise Fred has been an entertainment journalist since 1999 and specializes in writing about film, television and video games. Fred has written for several outlets including About.com, CraveOnline, and Rotten Tomatoes among others. His favorite films include Toy Story 2, The Rock, Face/Off, True Lies, Labyrinth, The Big Hit, Michael Moore’s The Big One, and Casablanca. We are very lucky and excited to have Fred as part of the We Live Entertainment team. Follow him on Twitter @FranchiseFred and @FredTopel

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