With this week’s return of the Riverdale TV series, viewers can expect to see much more of the gay teen Kevin Keller.
Actor Casey Cott, who plays Kevin, reports the character will be getting more love interests and interacting more with Archie and the gang in season two.
Kevin Keller has been a favorite of comic book readers since the character was introduced in 2010 in the pages of Veronica issue #202.
And Cott has been a favorite since the opening minutes of the Riverdale pilot episode when he stared out the window and saw a shirtless Archie Andrews.
“Oh . . . my god, Archie got hot!” Cott exclaimed as be saw the hunky Archie (played by KJ Apa).
Those words became a meme for the series, signaling to viewers that this 21st Century version of Archie and the gang was not going to be like their parents’ (or grandparents’) version.
Teen Vogue talked to the 25-year-old Cott, who can still convincingly play a teenager.
Cott, who was upgraded from recurring actor to a series regular with the start of this season, offered intriguing possibilities for season two, but was coy about the specifics.
Expect to see Kevin’s relationship with his father, Sheriff Keller (played by Martin Cummins), explored with some depth, as well as an expansion of his friendship with Betty Cooper (played by Lili Reinhart).
‘Season two is such an interesting progression after season one,’ Cott told the magazine. ‘We’ve all probably said the words, “It’s so thrilling and dark and mysterious.” It really gets pretty weird. How Kevin fits into that, you can view that a couple ways.’
‘First of all, there will be lots of drama with how we left off with season one,’ Cott continued, ‘both with Fred [Andrews, Archie’s father] being shot and with all the interpersonal relationships — Kevin figuring out what’s going on with Betty, [and] dealing with his father. We really dive into the relationship between the sheriff and Kevin in season two, which is great. Kevin fits in an interesting way.’
Last season, Kevin almost had a quickie in the woods with closeted football star Moose Mason, but their tryst was interrupted when they discovered Jason Blossom’s dead body in the Sweetwater River at the end of the first episode.
Later, he was dating Joaquin, who had to flee town to avoid prosecution for helping to dispose of Jason Blossom’s dead body.
Will Kevin and Moose finally hook up this season? Or is there a new love interest on the horizon?
‘The love interests Kevin has in season two are different,’ Cott reports. “I think what’s cool about Kevin in season two is we kind of explore many different kinds of love interests, the same way that high schoolers do.
‘Some are people you just meet, but are quick; sometimes you find a long-lasting relationship. We kind of delved into a few different kinds of relationships in season two. I think a bigger, more long-term relationship is coming for Kevin very soon.’
Cott credits the producers and writers with making Kevin an integral part of Riverdale and for being LGBTQ inclusive (A bisexual woman named Toni Topaz is also scheduled to show up in Riverdale this season).
Of course it helps that the Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the creator and executive producer of Riverdale, is an openly gay man.
‘I think all the credits for our show, at the end of the day, goes completely to our writers and to our producers, and to our directors,’ Cott said. ‘As actors, our art form is fulfilling their vision for the show. Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa] has just written Kevin to be such a wonderful light, as I said earlier, and such a phenomenal, three-dimensional character. Playing him is such a joy.’