So, I have to ask: My natural hair color is dark brown. Did you dye your hair for the auditions? You see guys coming over from Australia and England who are just killing it. I feel like Americans love English people. I had to go to the salon every two weeks to get it dyed and bleached and stuff. So, two weeks max I can go shooting, and then I have to get it dyed again. I keep myself entertained. It was really painful the first and the second time I got it done because they do my eyebrows as well.
They ended up bleaching my eyebrows, and I had two holes — they burnt into my skin. I was curious about doing the American accent. What you watch to study it? I never actively went out and studied the American accent.
I just came over here to the States and it was something I was able to do. Like, I never struggled with it. I used to talk to myself as a kid in an American accent. I think my musical side has always helped as well. When you talked to yourself as a kid, would you play characters? Yeah, I would never be myself. I would kind of just whisper. I would have conversations with myself as two different people. I still do it now, actually.
It would always be an American accent. Are you rooting for one couple over another for Archie? If there was any relationship that I would ship for, it would be Archie and Betty, which is kind of a classic, iconic relationship. Archie is very much a sex object on Riverdale.
Is that a strange role to take on? But when I read the script, it was not hard to tell that was how they were taking it. So I was prepared for that, and I knew that people were going to take it like that as well. But yeah, it is strange. As soon as you get used to becoming a sex object, that can be dangerous. I think you just need to come back to the heart of it.
I think people do, but initially, at first glance, people are going to have that first impression of sex object. Well, it helps hook the viewer, shall we say. Someone has to have abs on the show. Or did you have to learn commands?
Yeah, so shots where the dog is running up to you and licking your face, you usually have treats in your hand. So that was kind of strange. Kissing while having chicken grease all over your face. It was real hot. I did see the video. It had a lot of hate on it for, like, two days.
Everyone was talking about it. And Gavin Polone has come out with an amazing article. He was our producer, and he came out with an article telling how it actually is and what actually happened that day. Every time I was on set, I witnessed a production team that went to amazing lengths to ensure that the dogs were treated with the utmost respect and love. And they were happy as well. You snagged the Archie role early in your career.
What other kinds of roles do you hope to play in the future? Even things like this stuff that happened with the movie, you know what I mean? At the moment, I really want to do action. I feel like I really want to be more physical. And I feel like action movies will give that to me.
I was thinking to myself, even while I was doing that, imagine if I could do this forever. Making movies is definitely something that I want to become more experienced at doing. I want to get away from the high-school jock.
This is a really stupid question: Do all famous New Zealanders know each other? I walked past her in a car and I looked at her and smiled and she completely just looked away and I was really gutted.