Luke Perry discussed returning to TV on ‘Riverdale’ at Comic-Con in 2016
Actor Luke Perry died Monday at the age of 52 days after suffering a stroke. While Perry was best known for his role as Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” he was enjoying a new wave of popularity thanks to another popular high school drama: the CW’s “Riverdale.”
On the series, which is in its third season, Perry starred not as one of the high school students, but as one of their parents. He played construction worker Fred Andrews, the single father of the show’s chief protagonist Archive Andrews (KJ Apa).
While promoting the series at the Los Angeles Times’ Comic-Con studio in July 2016, Perry joked about the difference between his latest series and his breakthrough drama: “It has no ZIP code,” he told The Times during a group video interview.
Luke Perry attending the 2017 CW Upfront in New York City on May 18, 2017.(Van Tine Dennis / ABACA / TNS)
Luke Perry and Shannen Doherty in an undated promotional photo from “Beverly Hills 90210.”(Andrew Semel / Fox)
Luke Perry poses during an interview in New York in 2001.
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Claudia Schiffer and Luke Perry co-host “The 1995 World Music Awards.”(Craig Sjodin / ABC)
Auctioning off a puppy, Luke Perry plays Santa Claus at the Teddy Bear Ball in 1999.(Handout art)
Luke Perry of the CW’s “Riverdale,” photographed in the L.A. Times Hero Complex photo studio at Comic-Con 2016, in San Diego, July 23, 2016.(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Jason Priestley, left, Luke Perry and Shannen Doherty in an episode of “Beverly Hills 90210.”(Andrew Semel / Fox)
Luke Perry and Alyson Hannigan pose outside the Theatre Royal in London as they start rehearsals for a stage production of ‘When Harry Met Sally...” on Jan. 8, 2004.(Alastair Grant / AP )
Perry, left, with Austin Nichols on the 2007 HBO series “John From Cincinnati.”(John P. Johnson / HBO)
Luke Perry in the 2008 Hallmark Channel television movie “A Gunfighter’s Pledge.”(Hallmark Channel)
Luke Perry and Molly Ringwald on the CW’s “Riverdale.”(Cate Cameron / KTLA)
Luke Perry on “Riverdale” on the CW.(Dean Buscher / The CW)
In this Aug. 6, 2018, file photo, Luke Perry of the CW series “Riverdale” poses for a portrait during the 2018 Television Critics Assn. summer press tour in Beverly Hills.(Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP)
Ashleigh Murray from left, Camilia Mendes, Luke Perry, KJ Apa, Madelaine Petsch, Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse of the CW’s “Riverdale, " photographed in the L.A. Times Hero Complex photo studio at Comic-Con 2016, in San Diego, July 23, 2016.(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Luke Perry attends the 2018 PaleyFest screening of “Riverdale” at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 25, 2018.(Valerie Macon / AFP / Getty Images)
That was the only difference. In stark contrast to the sun-kissed scenes of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Riverdale” boasted a darker, more noir tone. “It’s special,” Perry said. “I’ve shot a lot of stuff in Vancouver [Canada] where we shoot and these guys [pilot director Lee Krieger and director of photography David Lanzenberg] have made it look like in a way that I’ve never seen it before. It’s really remarkable.”
That also applied to the personal lives of the main characters — which are pulled from Archie Comics.
“It’s interesting that because we’re not that happy all-American family. Archie’s parents are separated and he lives with his dad,” Perry said. “We’re the working-class side of Riverdale. We’re the blue-collar guys: Andrews Construction. I’m a construction worker and it’s me and my boy and we’re going to figure it out together. And that’s kind of neat because, traditionally in the comics, Archie came from a really happy family, everything was always great and apple pie in the window and all that stuff and it ain’t like that here.”
Watch the full video interview below.
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