‘Riverdale’s’ Cole Sprouse Played This Character on ‘Friends’

The CW’s Riverdale boasts a young cast with up-and-coming talent including Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, and Cole Sprouse. Now that he’s all grown up, many may not remember the different roles Sprouse has played over the years, starting when he was just a baby, according to Entertainment Weekly. He even had a part on one of NBC’s most popular shows.

“Friends'” Cole Sprouse and David Schwimmer | NBCU Photo Bank

Not-so-secret crush

Sprouse appeared several times on the hit series Friends over its 10-season run as Ross’ (played by David Schwimmer) son Ben. According to Today.com, Sprouse already had a crush on Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel Green, before starting the role of Ben. “I’m pretty sure I fell in love with Jennifer Aniston, which the whole world had at that point,” Sprouse told Today.com. “But I do remember being quite intimidated around her, because of that. I remember blanking on my lines, and having a kind of stage fright when she sat next to me on the couch in one episode.”

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Sprouse recalled a particularly embarrassing moment.  “I remember there was a camera man who was like, ‘Little boy’s got a crush,’ or I forget what they said,” Sprouse commented in the interview. “Of course, I turned bright red. But I do remember feeling like I fell in love.”

According to Seventeen, Sprouse appeared seven times throughout seasons 7 and 8, but then isn’t seen again in the series’ final two seasons. Some viewers speculated that Ross had possibly lost custody of Ben. “Critics would agree that Ross was never really the most present father, and so it doesn’t surprise me too much,” Sprouse joked.

A holiday favorite

Friends episodes tended to ramp up the humor around holidays, which is probably why Sprouse said his favorite episode was “The One With the Holiday Armadillo.” The episode aired on December 14, 2000 during season 7 and followed Ross trying to teach Ben about Hanakkuh in a fun way. Unfortunately, the best “holiday” costume Ross could find in such a short amount of time was an armadillo.

“I remember that quite well,” he said. “I was infatuated with the costumes, and the practical effects that they had. That was probably my most memorable thing to shoot.”

He has a twin

Sprouse has a twin brother Dylan, who had shared previous roles with him, but was never on Friends. “Our appearance as the same character was sort of dependent on how much screen time we had,” Sprouse said. “In Friends, for example, my role was not too present. They only really needed to hire one twin because both of us were incredibly expensive.”

Some may remember seeing the brothers on the hit Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and the spinoff The Suite Life on Deck. Sprouse took a five-year break from acting, and returned for the role of Riverdale’s Jughead Jones. “I had a surprising amount of fun,” he told E! News about filming the pilot. “I took a break from acting for a little bit, came back, and didn’t know how it was going to be, but I had so much fun. I really had, like, a reinvention, a renewal.”

Initially intending to try out for Archie, Sprouse decided to read for Jughead’s character. “I thought he was just going to keep his distance from the rest of the characters in the town and simply narrate his experience as this kind of outsider,” Sprouse told ABC News. “And for me, returning to acting, that was a comfortable place to be in because I didn’t necessarily have to be a fully active participant of this world, while simultaneously being a consistent present force in it. I thought this was the most appropriate choice.”

Now that Sprouse has a following of his own, fans are starting to make the connection to his previous acting gig. “With the success of Riverdale, people ended up going back and realizing I was on Friends, because both shows are on Netflix,” Sprouse explained in the interview with Today.com. “And they ended up kind of discovering that I was there, which was weird. ‘Cause I was never really recognized for that, for a long time.”