Did you know that Ginger Lopez from 'Katy Keene' is another character from 'Riverdale'?
If you've been a fan of The CW's 'Riverdale' and have followed through with it's new 'Katy Keene' drama, you may find the name, Ginger Lopez familiar. While Jonny Beauchamp kills the role of Jorge 'Ginger' Lopez in drag, 'Riverdales' Ginger Lopez was one of the vicious vixens - has this jogged your memory yet?
'Riverdales' Ginger Lopez was played by Caitlin Mitchell-Markovitch and her roots in Riverdale High were set on the vixens. Her friendship with Tina Patel (Olivia Ryan Stern) and Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) represented quite a trio in Season 1 of 'Riverdale' were the 'besties' were cheerleading co-stars with Cheryl as team captain. After Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) challenged the authority on the Vixens, Tina and Ginger didn't vote at all while the other Vixens voted for Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) as the new River Vixens captain. Since then, Cheryl has written off the backstabbing cheerleaders.
The exact dialogue given by the epic redhead said, "You catatonic bimbos didn't even vote. So you stuttering sapheads are too dim to exercise your own rights, and you've got the combined vocabulary of a baked potato. Consider this your last practice as River Vixens, and your last week as my social handmaidens. You're fired on all fronts. That's all. Shoo, bitches."
This trained social handmaiden was kicked off the squad and made her last appearance in 'Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend' and recently we were introduced to Jorge 'Ginger' Lopez in 'Katy Keene.' The new CW series draws heavily from the famous Archie Comics, and a bit of Ginger Lopez's character is also extracted from that premise. Jorge 'Ginger' Lopez is an aspiring musical theatre actor who dreams of Broadway and the character was introduced in the Archie Comics in the early 2000s.
While 'Riverdale's' Ginger Lopez chilled with the Blossom matriarchy, in the comics Lopez comes to Riverdale from NYC with a love of fashion and an editor of a teen magazine. The Ginger we saw in 'Riverdale' and in the comics is a teen while with 'Katy Keene' we are introduced to Jorge's alter ego, a queer man trying to make it big in the city that never sleeps.
"It blows your mind, and I think we need more of it: a queer person playing a queer person. The best queer stuff goes to heterosexual men. It’s high time we start allowing queer people to interpret and display and actually be the vessel. Since we’ve walked in the shoes, we can bring something that a heterosexual male maybe cannot. So I just feel really lucky that I’ve been picked to do that," said Jonny Beauchamp.