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    Lili Reinhart Explained Why She Filmed A "Riverdale" Scene In Underwear Even Though She "Really, Really Didn't Want To"

    "I felt really insecure about it. I really, really didn't want to do it."

    Riverdale star Lili Reinhart is no stranger to speaking her mind. In the last few months alone, she's been open and honest with fans about her sexuality, mental health, and her body image.

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    Back in February, Lili wrote a lengthy response to a fan who criticised Riverdale and its cast for "contributing to unrealistic body standards" for young people.

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    "Actually, not everyone on this show is perfectly chiseled," she said in a tweet. "And even I feel intimidated by the physique of my surrounding cast mates sometimes when I have to do bra/underwear scenes."

    Actually, not everyone on this show is perfectly chiseled. And even I feel intimidated by the physique of my surrounding cast mates sometimes when I have to do bra/underwear scenes. I’ve felt very insecure due to the expectation that people have for women on tv, what they should- https://t.co/9ISUBkgrKl

    "I have bigger boobs, I have cellulite on my thighs/butt, and my stomach sticks out rather than curves in," Lili wrote. "This is still something I struggle with on a daily basis. And it doesn’t help when I’m being compared to other women."

    She added: "I have gained weight due to depression the last two months and I’ve felt very insecure about it. But I did a recent bra and underwear scene and felt it was my obligation to be strong and show confidence in myself, looking as I do."

    Later, Lili said she had received comments in response to her thread invalidating her feelings and insecurities because she's "still skinny" and "hot and rich".

    How sad is it that I come forward about my insecurities and people have the audacity to tell me that my feelings aren’t valid. People like this, the ones who leave these ignorant comments, are the reason why people don’t speak out and end up struggling alone. Shame on you.

    "Imagine telling someone that their feelings are irrelevant and they should be quiet based on what you deem to be acceptable or not," she wrote on her Instagram story at the time. "Can't relate."

    Now, in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, Lili has opened up further about the situation, explaining that she "felt really insecure" about doing underwear scenes in Riverdale, but didn't tell anyone.

    "I don't have the CW girl body — tiny waist, nice-shaped legs, skinny, small, tiny," Lili said. "I had to do a bra and underwear scene in this last season and I felt really insecure about it. I really, really didn't want to do it."

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    She went on to say that while she didn't feel pressured into doing the scene, she did it because it was her job, but it made her feel bad about herself.

    "This is where it gets complicated," she went on. "I can't preach body positivity if I don't practice it."

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    "Even if I'm not feeling amazing about my body, I felt it was important for me to do the scene anyway in my bra and underwear so people could see my body as it was," Lili said.

    "I did it for the people who feel like they need to look a certain way," she went on.

    You can read Lili's full interview with the LA Times here.

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