‘Riverdale’: KJ Apa Shows How They’re Doing Kissing Scenes Without Mannequins

During quarantine, Riverdale fans wondered about how things would play out for the new season.

With characters whose lives are constantly in jeopardy and interconnected in mind and body, how would that look in this time of a global pandemic? KJ Apa and Camila Mendes dropped some inside information on what’s happening with those ubiquitous kissing scenes that are part of Riverdale’s fabric.

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KJ Apa at ‘I Still Believe’ premiere | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Production for ‘Riverdale’ is back underway

After season 4 was cut short this past spring because of COVID-19, Riverdale’s cast, crew, and viewers waited on news about The CW’s production plans. At the beginning of September, the Riverdale team spent two weeks in a quarantine bubble to prepare for filming, and according to Deadline, started shoots on Sept. 14.

Season 5 of the series will take Archie and the gang on a time jump seven years into the future, but fans can expect to see season 4 wrapped up in the first few episodes. Lili Reinhart told Jimmy Fallon that she’s excited about the new storylines and can’t wait to play an adult.

However, some things won’t really change for the characters, including shots of shirtless Archie and countless romantic rendezvous.

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KJ Apa posts about ‘Riverdale’ make-out scenes

The CW is one of a few networks that have begun filming their flagship shows. In the daytime soap world, mannequins are standing in during scenes involving intimate touching and kissing. For Riverdale, is seems like they are skipping the mannequins and sanitizing the actors inside and out.

Apa posted a video from set and shared that they are gargling mouthwash between kissing scenes. He captioned the post with this message: “Our new normal is washing our mouths before every take of a make-out scene…”

A crew member keeps count as he and Mendes tilt, swish, and spit into a plastic bag.

Over in Apa’s comment section, some fans wanted to know whether they engaged in the mouthwash practice prior to the pandemic or if it’s a new thing. No answer on that yet, but Skeet Ulrich’s “spit, don’t swallow” joke garnered the most likes.

Back in August, a pregnant Vanessa Morgan revealed that the cast and crew had to take three COVID-19 tests per week to adhere to safety protocols, according to Seventeen. And a number of cast members have posted selfies from set while wearing masks.

When is ‘Riverdale’ returning to TV?

Fans can rest easy knowing that the new season will kick off with the final three episodes left over from season 4. That means all the senior year shenanigans and milestones will still happen for Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, Toni, Cheryl, and Kevin.

The story will then veer into grownup territory which will welcome a new mystery while saying goodbye to FP (Ulrich) and Hermione (Marisol Nichols). The bad news?

The CW will not be airing the series until 2021. Per TV Guide, the show will remain in its Wednesday night time slot and precede Nancy Drew. For those battling a Riverdale itch until next year, seasons 1 to 4 are available to stream on Netflix. Stay tuned for an official premiere date.