Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Kiernan Shipka almost played Betty Cooper in 'Riverdale'

'Riverdale' and 'Sabrina' showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa had Kiernan Shipka on his mind when casting for Betty Cooper


                            Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Kiernan Shipka almost played Betty Cooper in 'Riverdale'

The 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' premieres on October 26 with actress Kiernan Shipka as the lead. But did you know she was originally set to play Lili Reinhart's 'Riverdale' character Betty Cooper?

According to 'Riverdale' and 'Sabrina' showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, he did consider casting Kiernan in the role of Betty, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper in Riverdale
Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper in Riverdale

"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 said in the interview.

Although Reinhart ended up taking the 'Riverdale' role, Kiernan was still in Aguirre-Sacasa's mind. "When [Sabrina] moved from CW to Netflix, our casting director David Rapaport said, 'By the way this is something Kiernan might be interested in'," he elaborated.

"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'."

Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina, the teenage witch (Netflix)
Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina, the teenage witch (Netflix)

The showrunner believed that Kiernan had all of the right qualities to tackle a darker version of Sabrina, as he explained; "She felt like the right actor at the right age at the right point in her career and someone who was up for the challenge, because it's gruelling. She's in practically every scene."

Recently it was also reported that Sabrina Spellman was originally supposed to join the cast of 'Riverdale' at the end of the CW drama's first season as a villain.

Thank Satan, it did not happen. Kiernan seems to be a perfect fit for the teenage witch and Aguirre-Sacasa has ample reasons to believe so. "But for me, Sabrina had to stand up to the Dark Lord, the devil, and these very formidable opponents and someone like Kiernan has the gravitas and the assuredness to be able to do that. I’d say she was my first choice for sure. For sure,” he concluded.