‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Star Gavin Leatherwood Says He Got a ‘Little Lazy’ Playing Nick Scratch

When Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns for its final season on Netflix, fans will get to see Gavin Leatherwood play the bad boy witch Nick Scratch for the last time. The actor has been on the show since the beginning. And he recently admitted that he had to up his game for season 4 after realizing he was a little too complacent with the role. 

Kiernan Shipka and Gavin Leatherwood in 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'
Kiernan Shipka and Gavin Leatherwood in ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ | Netflix

Gavin Leatherwood is Sabrina’s boyfriend on ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

In Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Leatherwood portrays Sabrina’s (Kiernan Shipka) warlock boyfriend, Nick. When the two first met at the Academy of the Unseen Arts, Sabrina was still dating her high school sweetheart, Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch). But when Sabrina was forced to embrace her witch side, she broke up with Harvey and started dating Nick. 

And since season 1, Nick and Sabrina have been through a lot. Early on, Sabrina discovered that Nick was working for her father, Lucifer Morningstar (Luke Cook), and tried to manipulate her into choosing the Path of Night. But after Nick sacrifices himself and imprisons Lucifer in his own body, Sabrina forgives him and goes to Hell to save him. 

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However, in the season 3 finale, Nick is left reeling from Lucifer’s presence. He appreciates Sabrina’s love, but his internal suffering forces him to break up with her. 

Nick and Sabrina will revisit their romance in ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Part 4 

In a trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 4, Nick and Sabrina appear to revisit their romance. When talking to the press ahead premiere, Leatherwood noted that his character couldn’t help but stay connected to Sabrina.

“I mean, it’s almost as if they’re in this entanglement,” he explained, as reported by Screen Rant. “Sabrina showed Nick something that he was so unfamiliar with, which was a form of love that he hadn’t seen being just exposed to the witch world.”

“Ever since that, he hasn’t been able to really see anything else but that,” Leatherwood continued. “It’s like he’s in a bull fight with himself, where he’s trying to tame his lusting ways and also understand what unconditional love and what loving someone in a different capacity is. I know that’s why Nick can’t really stay away from Sabrina. She’s made this crazy impact on him.”

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Gavin Leatherwood admits he had to up his game after getting ‘lazy’ with his role

In a recent chat with Collider, Leatherwood opened up about his journey on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and how much it taught him. He recalled that in the beginning, he approached his character with “rigorous discipline” because he felt like he needed to earn it. But over time, the actor admitted that he got a little too comfortable.

“At some point in there I became a little too relaxed in it all and got a little lazy,” Leatherwood said. “Because it’s like, you’re playing the same character and you think you got it, and then there’s moments where you realize you don’t. Because as an actor playing a character you never really do and you have to do your homework.”

But at the end of the day, Leatherwood noted the role taught him discipline and endurance. And when he realized he was complacent, he pushed himself to “step up.”

“I believe I had caught myself in an episode and really laid into myself,” he shared. “I was like, ‘You need to step it up,’ and just kind of reset the bar for myself. Only we know our own potential kind of thing, I think, and we set our own expectations in some way and if we’re not striving towards that then what are we doing.”

Fans will see Leatherwood in Part 4 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which premieres on Netflix on Dec. 31.