New ‘Sabrina’ Star KIERNAN SHIPKA Almost Played Betty Cooper
We can't think of anyone else portraying the role of Betty Cooper in Riverdale other than Lili Reinhart. After all, her chemistry with Cole Sprouse is undeniable. But here's something that might leave Sprousehart shippers shookt: showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa recently revealed that he considered Kiernan Shipka to play the ponytailed blonde.
“Kiernan was iconic in Mad Men, and I had even thought about her, I was like, ‘Oh I wonder if she’d ever do Betty,'” Aguirre-Sacasa told EW. If you need any proof of how the 18-year-old would fit into the cast of Riverdale, here's a cute photo of Kiernan with KJ Apa and Casey Scott sporting a rainbow-colored hairdo.
Our Sprousehart hearts are relieved that Kiernan didn't go on to join the Riverdale cast. Instead, she was given the titular role of Sabrina Spellman in the hugely anticipated Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
“When [Sabrina] moved from CW to Netflix, our casting director David Rapaport said, ‘By the way this is something Kiernan might be interested in.' There was no script at the time, but from the second he said that, for me it was sort of like, ‘Okay she’s Sabrina. I’m writing this for Kiernan,'” Aguirre-Sacasa said.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hits the streaming service on October 26.