Lili Reinhart’s “Riverdale” audition and subsequent path to small-screen stardom was not the smooth journey that every young, aspiring actress longs for. While Reinhart shows off her acting skills as Betty Cooper in The CW’s gritty teen drama, she revealed during a recent appearance on “Live With Kelly And Ryan” that her first audition was a complete failure.
When Ryan Seacrest questioned the actress about her journey to landing the role, the daytime-talk-show host then continued with the lead-in that it “didn’t happen overnight,” an observation on which Reinhart quickly elaborated.
“No, definitely not,” she said. “I self-taped at home in North Carolina. My mom helped me put together a tape… one of the hardest self-tapes ever. For some reason, I just wasn’t happy with the way I was doing it and playing it, and so I sent in my tape, didn’t hear anything, figured ‘OK, guess I didn’t get it.’ But then, I moved to LA like a month later, and my manager called me and said, ‘The role’s still up. Would you like to go in again?’ And so I kind of went in with a new spin on her and started from scratch a little bit with the character, and so it worked.”
While it’s obvious that the 21-year-old actress eventually recovered from her first audition flub and landed the role, Seacrest pressed for answers about Reinhart’s pre-fame life in between tanking the initial take and acing her second chance.
To make ends meet during this transition period, Reinhart revealed that she worked as a sales associate at Pier 1 Imports. Laughing fondly at her humble beginnings, the actress then quipped that she “wore the blue apron and everything” while selling tabletop accessories for the omnichannel retailer.
It’s evident that the famous face behind “Riverdale’s” iconic Betty Cooper has been thankful for her good fortune since the beginning– she even posted the official press release for her breakout role with the caption “*pinches self*.”
Watch Reinhart’s full appearance below: