Lili Reinhart is known for her role as Betty Cooper on The CW’s hit teen drama “Riverdale.”
Before becoming a popular name in young Hollywood, Reinhart considered going to makeup school if acting didn’t work out.
She also appeared alongside Timothée Chalamet in a 2016 movie called “Miss Stevens.”
The actress stars in the new Amazon Prime Video movie “Chemical Hearts,” which she also executive produced, and will reprise her “Riverdale” role when the show returns for season five.
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Lili Reinhart is known for her role as Betty Cooper on “Riverdale,” but just a few years ago, she was an unknown actor.
The actress made her debut as Betty in January 2017 on the CW show and her popularity has been increasing ever since, thanks to the success of the teen drama series and its passionate fanbase.
Reinhart stars as Grace Town in Amazon Prime Video’s coming-of-age movie “Chemical Hearts.” She also served as an executive producer for the film, which was released on August 21.
You can also catch her season five of “Riverdale,” which is scheduled for release sometime in 2021.
Keep reading to find out how Reinhart became a recognizable face in young Hollywood.
Reinhart was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.
She lived there with her parents, Daniel Reinhart and Amy Reinhart, and her two sisters, Tess Reinhart and Chloe Reinhart.
“My mom would drive me from Cleveland to New York City and use my dad’s hotel points for auditions,” the actress told W magazine in 2017. “They were the most supportive parents that I could have. Without them, I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere. My mom would take off work to take me to auditions, because they believed in me, which is a very big leap of faith.
She landed small roles on shows like “Law & Order: SVU” during her early years as an actor.
On “Law & Order SVU,” she played a girl named Courtney Lane who tortured and murdered a younger student at her school.
She was also in movies like “Not Waving But Drowning” and “The Kings of Summer.”
Reinhart and Timothée Chalamet starred in a movie together called “Miss Stevens” prior to becoming famous.
In the 2016 coming-of-age movie, Lily Rabe portrayed the titular teacher who drove her students, including Reinhart’s character, to a drama competition.
When the cast filmed the movie, Reinhart shared plenty of behind-the-scenes photos with Chalamet, then known as @liltimmytim, on Instagram.
Reinhart’s family moved to North Carolina when she was 16 years old and she finished school online so she could focus on acting.
“People thought I was b—-y because I wasn’t really trying to socialize or make too many friends or step outside my comfort zone,” Reinhart told Seventeen magazine about her time in school. “But that was because I had social anxiety, which made me uncomfortable and a little withdrawn.”
At 18, she moved out to LA to go on more auditions.
She moved at the start of 2015 and lived there for six months. In multiple interviews, Reinhart has said that her mental health suffered greatly during her time there, plus she wasn’t able to financially support herself.
In 2017, the actress told Coveteur magazine that she “was miserable” and her situation on the West Coast “made my depression skyrocket.”
“I really felt defeated,” Reinhart told W magazine in 2019. “I had dwindled through my bank account. I tried to get a job in LA at Buca di Beppo. I got a hostess job, and after I was offered that job, I threw up in the Uber because I started having a panic attack. I called my mom, hyperventilating.”
Reinhart returned to North Carolina to improve her mental health.
“When I went back home, I knew that I was going to end up going back out eventually,” Reinhart told W magazine. “I just knew that I needed to save up money and I needed to see a therapist to help me. My mental health was in such bad shape that it actually made my physical health was really poor, and I really needed to just take care of myself for six months before I went back out and tried again.”
The actress headed back to LA with money earned from her position as a sales associate at Pier One Imports back home and “stayed on my friend’s air mattress on her floor.”
Reinhart decided to give LA another shot and if she didn’t succeed, she’d go to makeup school.
Many of the oldest photos on Reinhart’s Instagram show the actress wearing intricate looks inspired by Harley Quinn, David Bowie, and pop art.
“I love makeup and I love special effects makeup,” she told Imagista. “I was planning on going to makeup school because I had dabbled in it as a hobby and I always thought that I could make a career out of it. It was kind of like my backup plan. Luckily, I never had to fall back on it, but I still really do enjoy doing makeup.”
Reinhart’s big break came when she landed the role of Betty Cooper on “Riverdale,” a month after moving back to LA.
She submitted an audition tape for the series (which is a dark take on the beloved Archie Comics). Of that period in her life, Reinhart said, “I was rebuilding myself, and in between meds,” Reinhart told W magazine.
The audition tape was rejected, but Reinhart landed an in-person audition during her second try in LA.
“I remember leaving the final audition and calling my manager, as I was driving towards the sunset, and saying, ‘I feel proud of myself for what I’ve done. Regardless of what happens, I feel happy and really at peace,'” she told W magazine in 2017.
After getting the role, Reinhart and the cast filmed the pilot and the show got picked up by the network.
Reinhart said that she relates to the dark side of Betty.
“What I bring to Betty is her real anxiety about things and the stress she’s under because I get easily overwhelmed and stressed out,” she told Ocean Drive in February 2018.
The actress also told Coveteur magazine that she and Betty are leaders and wear their hearts on their sleeves.
Reinhart’s relationship with costar and on-screen boyfriend Cole Sprouse has also caught the attention of fans.
Reinhart and Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones on the show, reportedly started dating in 2017.
At the onset of their relationship, the stars played coy and didn’t share too many details with fans.
They also brushed off speculation during interviews, but were later photographed kissing or holding hands in public. The stars have also shared heartfelt messages about each other on social media.
In May 2018, they made their red carpet debut as a couple at the Met Gala held in New York City.
In July 2019, multiple outlets reported that Reinhart and Sprouse broke up. The stars went on to slam unnamed sources.
Reinhart low-key confirmed that she and Sprouse were still a couple in an interview with Coveteur magazine, which was published in September 2019.
They continued to face breakup speculation in the months after. Sprouse cleared up the confusion in summer 2020, saying that he and Reinhart “initially separated in January of this year, deciding to more permanently split in March.”
Reinhart has used her platform to speak openly about mental health and body positivity.
Reinhart told Ocean Drive that she’s outspoken because growing up, she felt like there weren’t many celebrities who were vocal about their struggles.
“I wanted more people to stand up,” she said. “I needed more people to relate to.”
In October 2017, she shared her own Me Too experience via a Tumblr post.
Reinhart titled the essay “In light of the Harvey Weinstein allegations” and spoke about an older coworker with more power sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.
“I’m not comfortable giving specific details about the situation because I don’t feel it’s necessary,” she wrote. “All that matters is that he tried to force himself on me when we were on a date.”
The actress went on to say that at the time, she “was so young and didn’t know how to handle the situation. I just knew how wrong it felt and that I had been violated.”
“I’m coming forward about my own experience to further express how common these assaults are in this industry and how important it is that we take action to fight against it,” Reinhart concluded.
Reinhart portrayed Annabelle in the star-studded 2019 movie “Hustlers.”
The actress filmed the movie while also wrapping up the fourth season of “Riverdale.”
“I think you learn something from every person that you work with, big or small,” Reinhart said of “Hustlers” costar Jennifer Lopez during an interview with “E! News.” “I can respect the fact that JLo has been doing this for over two decades of her life and she still kills it.”
Reinhart doesn’t actually pole dance in the movie, but she took two classes out of curiosity.
“It was hard,” she told “Extra.” “I have a big appreciation for what strippers can do. It’s insane.”
In June 2020, she came out as a “proud bisexual woman.”
She came out by sharing a poster for an “LGBTQ+ for #BlackLivesMatter” protest on her Instagram story, which she said she would be attending.
“Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman,” the actress wrote.
Speaking to Nylon, Reinhart said she felt like now was the right time to publicly share the news, though her friends, family, and costars were already aware and it wasn’t a secret.
In 2020, Reinhart starred in Amazon Prime Video’s “Chemical Hearts” and served as a first-time executive producer.
The film, based on Krystal Sutherland’s 2016 book “Our Chemical Hearts,” centers on 17-year-old high school senior Henry Page (Austin Abrams), who finds himself drawn to a mysterious and secretive new transfer student named Grace Town (Reinhart).
Director Richard Tanne told Insider that Reinhart was collaborative throughout the filmmaking process and “has very strong instincts as a storyteller and knows what she believes in.”
He also told us that Reinhart’s search for honesty made her the ideal person to take on Grace, a complicated and complex character.
“Lili’s intensity, her intensity of feeling, her commitment to the truth, she’s someone who’s at once incredibly open and also has to be guarded because of what her life is, because of the reality of her life. These are things that mesh perfectly with Grace,” Tanne said.
The movie was released on August 21.
She’s releasing her first book of poetry, titled “Swimming Lessons,” on September 29.
“I still don’t even consider myself a poet. I really don’t,” she told Nylon. “People are sure to tell me on Twitter that I’m not. I don’t even think of it as really poems — more as, ‘Here are my pretty thoughts. Here are my thoughts worded in a beautiful way. I write in a lofty, longing, romantic way because I’m a huge romantic.”
Next, you can watch her on season five of “Riverdale.”
The new season is expected to debut sometime in 2021. The cast headed back to Vancouver to begin production in September 2020.
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