Riverdale star Lili Reinhart has been very clear about the fact that she doesn’t want to discuss her rumored romance with costar Cole Sprouse in the press. But she did open up about the bonds of friendship she’s forged with him and their other castmates — including, especially, Camila Mendes — in a new interview with Who What Wear.

“It’s kind of like the cast of Friends; they did that together,” she said of how Riverdale‘s sudden success united the cast of relative newcomers. (Of the CW show’s young stars, Sprouse was the most well-known when the series premiered in 2016.) “I think that’s a bond that [the Riverdale cast] has created as well and you just don’t let go of. I’ve made friends in this show that I will have hopefully until the day I die.”

Reinhart specifically singled out Mendes, putting to rest any rumors of tension or rivalry between her and her on-screen BFF. “Cami and I have held hands through this whole thing, which has been really amazing because we were both put on the same pedestal together. It’s really wonderful to have someone to go through that with.”

She was a little more guarded when talking about Sprouse. “I think it’s just that I’m so protective over it. It’s not something the world needs to know about, because if you give them anything, they are just going to want more,” she explained.

“I’m not going to hide away from my relationship or hide away from what’s going on in my life, but what does happen in my relationship is so private, and I cherish it a lot. He does as well. A relationship is a very intimate thing, and I want it to be between me and him, not me, him, and the world.”

She did speak a little about the art they make together, though. Sprouse, who’s a talented photographer as well as an actor, often takes pictures of Reinhart and his friends, some of which he posts to Instagram. “I think he is such an incredible photographer, really. Sometimes he’s inspired by a location, and he’s like, ‘I want to shoot you here.’ Other times, I’m inspired by a dress, and I’m like, ‘I want you to shoot me in this,'” she said. “Our photo shoots are very intimate, just him and me; no one else is there ever.”

Riverdale season 3 premieres on Wednesday, October 10 at 8pm ET on The CW.

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