July 25, 2017 at 2:05 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
‘Riverdale’ adds first bisexual character to cast

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“Riverdale” has added its first bisexual character to the cast, Toni Topaz.

Toni will be played by Canadian native Vanessa Morgan, according to ET Online. A character from the Archie Comics, Toni sports pink hair and is close with Jughead, frequently battling against him in food eating competitions.

In the comics, Toni is also hinted as being bisexual. Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa promises the series will explore Toni’s bisexuality.

In the second season, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) transfers to Southside High and joins a gang.  Toni will be a fellow student at the school and also in the same gang. Jughead and Toni will become close friends and possibly cause trouble for Jughead’s relationship with Betty.

Unlike the comics where Jughead is asexual, Jughead identifies as straight in the series. During San Diego Comic Con, Madelaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl Blossom, hinted that her love interest this season wouldn’t be male giving a possible clue it could be Toni.

The show also has a gay male character, Kevin Keller (Casey Cott), who was upgraded from reoccurring role to main cast for the second season.

“Riverdale” season two premieres Oct. 11 on CW.

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