Lili Reinhart Says 'Riverdale' Tackles Betty Cooper's Depression Head On

Lili Reinhart Says 'Riverdale' Tackles Betty Cooper's Depression Head On

Lili Reinhart hasn’t been quiet about her own struggle with depression — it’s just that no one has really asked her about it, until now.

In a new interview with Glamour, Lili goes in depth about her own battle with depression and Betty’s too.

“We definitely address it with Betty in the latter half of the season,” Lili shares about the storyline coming up. “You don’t usually see a character come to terms with what’s ‘wrong’ with them…what’s not socially acceptable with them or what’s considered ‘normal.’”

She adds, “Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa] and I have already talked about doing that in season two, possibly Betty seeking treatment or seeking help. Because it’s not something you brush under the rug. Certainly for me, I came to a point where I told my parents I wanted to see a therapist and a psychiatrist and see if there was medication I could [go on]. I was very proactive, and I think showing a strong young woman who is willing to seek help…you don’t see that.”

Lili shared about her own experience: “Some people think that seeing a therapist is admitting weakness; it’s such an old-fashioned way of looking at things. It makes me feel stronger to be able to say I was able to seek help when I knew that I needed it and not just suffer in silence. What’s the point? I was actively trying to make myself feel better, and that’s what I did. Honestly, therapy was a life saver.”

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