9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Riverdale’ Star Lili Reinhart

  
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The CW was in need of another teen drama hit after becoming known for its hits like The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill and the network found its answer with Riverdale. The first season was a huge success which was thanks in large part to its talented and relatively unknown cast including Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper. The fierce actress took on the iconic role boldly, and in turn fans can’t get enough of the character and of course her relationship with Cole Sprouse’s Jughead. Now Reinhart and the rest of the young cast has been thrust into the spotlight, and we want to know as much about them as possible. Here are 9 things you didn’t know about Riverdale‘s Lili Reinhart:

9. Tattoos

She may play the clean-cut and sometimes uptight Betty Cooper on-screen, but off-screen Lili Reinhart is more of a free spirit and even has four tattoos! Reinhart has an arrow on her left forearm, a rose on her right arm, a cross on her finger and an image of the Early for her Zodiac sign on her back. Naturally, the tattoos on her arms have to be meticulously covered for filming, but the small cross on her finger became too difficult. “We kind of gave up covering my finger tattoo. We literally don’t cover it anymore. So if you look, you will see it. It’s like an Easter egg,” she told Refinery29. Reinhart also opened up about the meaning of her arm tattoos, saying, “I talk a lot about depression and anxiety. An arrow can only go forward by being pulled back, so when you are going through a hard time, being pulled back, it only means you’re about to experience something bigger and greater. So that’s what that represents to me.” As for her rose tattoo she said, “I’m kind of a warrior for love, and I wear my heart on my sleeve.”

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8. Depression

Despite landing a lead role on one of TV’s biggest new shows, things haven’t always been so easy for the 20-year-old and she has been very open about who she is which includes dealing with her mental health issues including depression and anxiety. “I’m very open about it, it’s something I still struggle with today,” she told Teen Vogue about her mental health struggles, adding that depression “runs in my family. I’m not grateful for depression, but it honestly made me work harder and gave me the drive to success and to make it work.” She also revealed that she had been dealing with her mental health struggles since “6th or 7th grade, and so it’s something that I’ve dealt with for more than half of my life. It’s very natural for me to talk about it, it’s not something I’m trying to hide.” In a separate interview she explained that when she began to struggle with depression and anxiety at around 12, she faced it head on then. “It came to a point where I told my parents I wanted to see a therapist and psychiatrist and see if there was medication I could go on. I was very proactive. It makes me feel stronger to be able to say that I was able to seek help when I knew that I needed it and not just suffer in silence.”

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