‘Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse Shares Photos of His Side Hustle on Instagram

Cole Sprouse co-stars in the Archie Comics-based whodunit, Riverdale. The show features an ensemble cast tasked with ambitious storylines. But aside from his busy shooting schedule on the drama among other projects, Sprouse has another gig. The actor moonlights as a professional photographer, and he appears to have a unique talent for the art form.

Cole Sprouse
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Cole Sprouse from ‘Riverdale’ to Elle and beyond

Sprouse portrays the tortured teen writer Jughead Jones on Riverdale. In the show, Jug’s style is defined by biker jackets and his signature beanie. The young man has tackled issues ranging from homelessness to gang wars to faking his own death. So it is no surprise that Jughead’s priority list does not include high fashion.

In the real world, the actor who portrays Jughead, Sprouse, has worked hand-in-hand with fashionistas and other artists. He creates eye-catching and thought-provoking photos for art lovers and tastemakers alike.

His photography has been featured in L’uomo Vogue, the Sunday Times, and W Magazine, just to name a few, as detailed in Refinery 29. Sprouse is a skilled photographer with a knack for showcasing cool concepts and haute looks.

Sprouse photographed model Lucan Gillespie in Death Valley for the April issue of Elle Magazine. His Instagram followers can get a sneak peek of some of the snapshots he took for the Elle spread. Plus, it turns out that the multitalented actor turned photographer is also a masterful wordsmith. In a caption for one of the Elle Magazine shots, Sprouse wrote this:

An understanding of luxury post-quarantine. To miss the pleasant encounter with a stranger. The white noise of a loud bar. What commercial pursuits will luxury industries prioritize when recoiling from our isolation? When all the peacocking elitism of frivolity is again humbled by utility. The time for posture is past. How much pasta you got in your cupboard?

Cole Sprouse via Instagram

What inspired Sprouse to master photography?

Fans may wonder what led Sprouse, an actor with a thriving career and a busy schedule, to take up photography in the first place. He revealed on Instagram that the hobby was a means of dealing with depression. In his post, he wrote:

It was depression that drove me to do it. That’s the real truth. It was depression that led me to the camera. It heals you know, a hobby. There’s no Band-Aid like a hobby. I’ve been destructive. I know that now. I can see that I’m in a desert, and I’ve been thinking about that oasis when I should’ve been trying to get out.

Cole Sprouse via Instagram

What started as a hobby and a coping technique has blossomed into a beautiful livelihood. Sprouse has gained extensive experience in the field of photography and created a robust portfolio on Instagram to showcase his talent. Hopefully, the star will continue sharing his special gift with the world.

Riverdale, which is currently in its fourth season, airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW. Fans can catch up on prior seasons anytime on Netflix.

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