We鈥檝e been shipping 鈥淏ughead鈥 (that is, Riverdale鈥檚 Betty and Jughead) on-screen and IRL ever since reports claimed that Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart were dating. Now, as we gear up for the dark second season of the hit series, Cole Sprouse is opening up (at length!) about the romance rumors.

鈥淪ince the show began, people have wanted Lili and I to be together,鈥 Sprouse admitted to Entertainment Weekly during a set visit. But they鈥檙e not the only Riverdale couple of people鈥檚 dreams. 鈥淧eople have wanted Lili and Cami[la Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge] to be together,鈥 he continued. 鈥淧eople have wanted K.J. [Apa, AKA Archie Andrews] and I to be together. People have wanted every actor on this show to be in a union that they could make real and talk about.鈥

While that might be a slight (?) exaggeration, he isn鈥檛 off the mark when he says that fans like to ponder possible IRL hookups, even if there鈥檚 no basis for them. 鈥淪o, I think that kind of discussion, especially because it鈥檚 based so much on rumor and hearsay, needs to be taken with a grain of salt. We鈥檙e all still human lives that are interacting with the source material,鈥 he told EW.

However, he鈥檚 not bothered by the buzz for a very good reason: 鈥淏ut, truthfully, it鈥檚 very pleasing that people talk about Lili and I in that way because it means that we鈥檙e resonating so strongly from our character perspective that people really want that to be true.鈥

He added, 鈥淚 think as professional actors we can pat ourselves on the back for that and go, 鈥楾his was a success.鈥 It was such a success that people want to see it in real life.鈥

We鈥檒l see if they can continue that success when Riverdale returns Wednesday, October 11, at 8pm ET on The CW.

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