EXCLUSIVE: Catching up with ‘Riverdale’ Star Charles Melton

Charles Melton is an actor greatest recognized for his portrayal of Reggie Mantle on “Riverdale.” He not too long ago caught up with Heavy to debate his work, upbringing and his new Safe Driving Campaign with USAA.

His different roles embody “Bad Boys for Life,” “The Sun Is Also a Star” and “American Horror Story.”

Here’s what Melton needed to say:

On Attending the Met Gala

The Met Gala is the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and kicks off its latest exhibit. While the 2020 profit was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, it returned in fashion on September 13, 2021, with the theme American Independence.

Melton discovered himself on the star-studded pink carpet for the second time after making his Met Gala debut in 2019. According to Just Jared and E!, he wore a Thom Browne swimsuit and Anne Sisteron jewellery.

The 30-year-old instructed Heavy that he “actually loved” himself. “It was nice to be round individuals,” he defined. “And meet new individuals and I actually had a implausible time.”

On Upcoming Projects


Melton remained coy on what comes subsequent in his burgeoning profession, however did tease, “I’ve received a couple of issues within the works that I might love to speak about however I will not.”

One challenge he can talk about is his upcoming movie, “Swing.” In August, Deadline reported Vertical Entertainment picked up the movie’s North American distribution rights. It is predicted to be launched this fall. According to the outlet, the movie stars Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon as a former Army officer who takes over teaching for an Ivy League rowing workforce.

“It was nice working with Michael Shannon and he is such an excellent artist,” the actor instructed Heavy. “And it was superior to work with certainly one of my greatest buddies who I did ‘Bad Boys for Life’ with, Alexander Ludwig.”

Alex MacNicoll, Ash Santos, Lilly Krug and David James Elliot spherical out the cast.

On Joining the ‘Riverdale’ Cast in Support of Creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Father

On September 8, Melton joined forces with the “Riverdale” cast and crew to voice their assist for Francisco Aguirre-Sacasa, the daddy of the show’s creator Roberto.

“Nearly two months in the past, his father was kidnapped in his dwelling nation of Nicaragua,” the cast defined in an Instagram video. “Francisco Aguirre-Sacasa has been a tireless crusader for democracy and human rights and due to this, in the course of the evening, his dwelling was invaded by armed guards appearing on the orders of the nation’s dictator. Roberto’s father and a dozen different activists had been kidnapped and arrested. No one is aware of the place they’re being held and if they’re being given meals, water or drugs which is why we’re asking in your assist right this moment. Please make your voices heard, as a result of the followers are part of our household too.”

Roberto broke down the occasions in an article for Time on September 21, revealing his household has since realized his father is being held indefinitely on the “infamous jail” El Chipote for expenses of treason and conspiracy. According to the showrunner, the 77-year-old is a journalist and political pundit who spoke out towards President Daniel Ortego and his spouse, Vice President Rosario Murillo, in favor of democracy in Nicaragua.

On why he selected to talk out, Melton instructed Heavy, “I believe, you already know, we’re a household. And, you already know, simply being collectively for each other is highly effective and simply displaying our assist, I believe it was a really highly effective factor that we will do for one another, for a cherished one resembling Roberto.”

On Being an Army Brat

Melton grew up on army bases around the globe, together with his father serving within the United States Army for “26 plus years.” As he instructed Heavy, his favourite areas had been Korea and Germany.

“In Germany, we had been stationed in Illesheim,” he defined. “And I bear in mind college in Ansbach army base after which, you already know, each weekend, you already know, the bases are all totally different sizes and Illesheim was the smallest army base in Germany. So, we might drive to, you already know, the army base in Bitburg to buy groceries on the BX or PX as a result of it was so huge.”

He added, “It’s so humorous. I really feel like I’m talking code, but it surely’s so pure. I do not assume anybody is aware of what a BX or PX is outdoors of army circles.”

BX stands for Base Exchange, whereas a PX is a Post Exchange. These are retail shops on army bases. Restaurants and gasoline stations on base had been additionally totally different.

“I solely knew 7-Eleven as a result of like films. I by no means knew what a 7-Eleven was, it was at all times AAFES,” Melton instructed Heavy. He added, “It was by no means Pizza Hut, it was Anthony’s Pizza. The cheeseburger pizza was my favourite.”

The army brat added, “You can solely think about how blown away I used to be after I got here to the United States.”

On Partnering With USAA for its Safe Driving Campaign


Melton spoke with Heavy in assist of his partnership with USAA for its Safe Driving Campaign, a partnership he was “fairly jazzed about” as a “USAA lifetime member.”

“Just being an Army Brat and touring all around the world and my dad’s an enormous fan of lengthy highway journeys, so I related a lot to the Safe Driving Campaign that USAA has,” Melton stated.

Explaining the marketing campaign, USAA wrote in an announcement to Heavy, “With extra individuals getting again into touring, vacationing, and spending time with their households, the roads are filling again up. And though that is an pleasant time, it is also a time the place everybody ought to give additional consideration to the roads and interact in protected driving.”

On Road Trips

His father’s affinity for highway journeys has made Melton a near-expert in journey. The CW actor defined to Heavy that whereas rising up, he, alongside together with his two sisters and canine, would pack up within the household automobile that “my dad at all times drove, my mother was the co-pilot.”

And journey has been a big a part of his life as an actor, with “Riverdale” filming in Canada. “I really like the drive,” Melton stated. “I’m undoubtedly somebody who drives versus somebody who flies.”

While he may be regimented in his strategy, he additionally added, “I believe it is not dashing it, having fun with the sights alongside the best way is the easiest way to go about driving and protected driving.” The actor referenced a pitstop he made throughout a current journey from Los Angeles to Vancouver because of an encounter with a person named Chuck. He instructed Melton, “You must go to the sand dunes in Oregon.”

His companion on these journeys is usually his canine, Neya. “During the pandemic and post-pandemic, I drove most likely about 10,000 plus miles with Neya,” he defined. “And you already know, I actually needed to map the place I used to be going to go, what sights we had been going to see, how usually I ought to be sleeping, checking in with individuals on the highway journey, simply experiencing the views, no texting whereas driving, no social media whereas driving.”

Melton added, “I believe all that’s only a testomony to what my father did rising up and simply seeing how he operated driving.”

Referencing the Safe Driving Campaign, Melton instructed Heavy, “I believe particularly now individuals are profiting from driving and, you already know, seeing, like, the land and seeing America – the Grand Canyon, Sion National Park, Yellowstone Park.”

He referred to driving as “rising, so rooting,” however acknowledged the “many alternative distractions” obtainable nowadays.

“Do it safely, like carrying your seatbelt,” Melton defined. He added, “Have a tracklist able to go, you already know. Have your snacks able to go. Have an excellent playlist able to go. Roll down the window, pull over on the relaxation space, you already know, to cease.”

Melton may be seen within the “Riverdale” finale on October 6, airing on the CW at 8 p.m. Eastern.


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