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Casey Cott on His Humbling Hedwig Transformation for Riverdale – Variety

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“Riverdale” is nothing if not a depraved little city so fairly fittingly, in Season 4, the solid tackled “Hedwig and the Offended Inch” for its musical episode. And as soon as once more, Kevin Keller, performed by Casey Cott, took heart stage, this time in full Hedwig drag, a course of Cott referred to as “unimaginable.”

“It was very humbling to do drag for the primary time, and drag is a popular culture sensation proper now with so many unimaginable performers. Clearly, RuPaul is unbelievable,” Cott instructed Selection on the “Selection After-Present,” though he added that he couldn’t “tie the footwear” of any of the opponents seen on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

The CW sequence’ third musical episode (they’ve tackled “Carrie” and “Heathers” up to now) actually didn’t disappoint. When Kevin tries to do a “Hedwig” quantity for the varsity selection present, Principal Honey (Kerr Smith) threatens to cancel the occasion, declaring it inappropriate. The seniors rally and combat again, performing a number of bombastic musical numbers and staging a Hedwig-inspired sit-in.

For his Hedwig transformation, Cott stated he spent 4 hours within the make-up chair for digicam assessments. The stage-trained actor donned a custom-made pair of platform boots, seen in his rollicking rendition of “Tear Me Down,” which additionally featured a spontaneous kiss between Kevin and Archie (Okay.J. Apa).

The hair and make-up division additionally managed to safe the unique wig John Cameron Mitchell wore within the 2001 movie adaptation of the hit Broadway present for Cott to put on.

“I used to be sort of nerding out at that. That was fairly candy,” Cott stated. “I used to be like, ‘There’s plenty of sweat going into this wig proper now.’”

“Hedwig” composer Stephen Trask was readily available for the episode, making it a very particular expertise for Cott, already a fan of the rock musical.

Cott has been self-isolating along with his household in Philadelphia, with whom he considered the episode stay, one thing he stated not often will get to do.

“Earlier than watching this episode tonight, I used to be tremendous excited for it to be throughout this time as a result of it’s one thing refreshing and one thing that completely interprets to what’s taking place. After which, on high of that, on the finish, it’s everybody outdoors collectively. The entire city comes collectively,” Cott stated. “I feel everybody’s excited for each time that shall be, hopefully sooner slightly than later — for everybody to be collectively someplace, singing a track or doing one thing.”

“Riverdale” was one of many first scripted reveals to close down amid the coronavirus pandemic, when a manufacturing member was discovered to have been in touch with somebody who had the virus; the present nonetheless had two episodes left to complete and would have wrapped up capturing final week.

Within the meantime, Cott stated he has been holding in contact along with his castmates through FaceTime and textual content message. And the sudden break has meant he’s had some freedom to get artistic along with his off-camera look: he and his brother, fellow actor Corey Cott (“Filthy Wealthy”), shaved their heads stay on Instagram after elevating $10,000 for a charity that improves entry to wash water. They’ve since raised over $17,000, with a objective of accumulating $20,000.

As of now, Cott stated he has not heard when he shall be going again to work, though he’s assured that they may, ultimately, tie up a giant season for the denizens of Riverdale Excessive: it’s their final 12 months of highschool, in any case.

“I’d actually wish to see simply much more colours of Kevin. Whereas these attributes he has are tremendous superior, I’d like to see all the opposite sides of that,” Cott stated of how he would really like his character, the primary brazenly homosexual particular person within the Archie Comics universe, to evolve. “When you get out of highschool, the world turns into an entire new place for some folks. For me, it did.”

Watch Cott’s full interview on the “Selection After-Present” above.

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