“It’s something I can’t wrap my head around – I don’t know how you ever can”
We can’t imagine how crazy Lili Reinhart’s rise to fame must have been for her: one day, she was a regular girl pursuing her acting dreams, and the next, she was internationally famous and starring in one of the biggest shows on TV. It’s all thanks to her mega-popular role as Betty in Riverdale, and that’s LITERALLY how quickly it all went down.
Now, whenever she and her co-stars travel, or even just go outside, they’re instantly recognized and causing buzz. It sounds like a dream situation for a performer, but it can be really overwhelming.
“People knew who I was in Hawaii, and people knew who I was in Paris,” Lili explains. “My cast mates have gone all over the world and people recognize them. It’s on a global scale. I’m a blonde white girl. I have sunglasses on and a hat. How do people look at me, and in an instant, they know? People are seeing my face that much… It’s something I can’t wrap my head around. I don’t know how you ever can.”
Lili appreciates the devoted fans who love Riverdale and have helped make it such a smash hit. But she also admits she’s had a hard time adjusting to being in the public spotlight, seeing constant social media posts about character ships, and getting constant questions about her personal life.
She recalls a specific instance where she had to turn down fans’ requests for selfies when she was out in public, and conflicted reaction says a lot about how she deals with fame.
“They said, ‘Why do you hate your fans?’” she remembers. “That felt like the most dehumanizing thing… I see them saying, ‘Your fans are what make you,’ and I appreciate the love and support. But you have to understand that I’m not on 100 percent of the time. And I shouldn’t be expected to be.”
Lili shared a few simple reminders that she wants her fans to keep in mind: She’s human, and she’s learning this whole thing in real time.
“I do glamorous things, but my life is not glamorous” she says. “I don’t act to be famous, I am just a performer.” She’s also incredibly inspirational. Watch her powerful speech about body image below: