On Riverdale, Cheryl Blossom is the girl you don’t want to mess with. She won’t just stab you in the back—she’ll shoot an arrow through it (while wearing a fabulous archery cape, nonetheless.) But on the phone Madelaine Petsch is, perhaps unsurprisingly, more akin to Good Betty: You can tell in her voice that she’d do practically anything for the rest of the crew. In fact, she and Lili Reinhart (a.k.a. actual Betty) are such good friends, they even squeeze each other zits.
“Lili used to pop my pimples—seriously,” says Petsch. “That might be a little bit of TMI, but whatever. We’re all really close.”
Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, and Madelaine Petsch
Over the past year, the two have been open books when it comes to their skin troubles. Reinhart’s gotten deeply personal on how her acne gave her a form of body dysmorphia, while Petsch has used her platform as a spokeswoman for Bioré to discuss her struggles with cystic acne.
It’s certainly not all heavy, though. And just as Petsch can toe the line between playing a high school mean girl and a young woman broken by her family’s toxic past, she can navigate a conversation on everything from unrealistic beauty ideals to kombucha.