It’s one thing to get swept away and really invest in a show’s story – but it’s a whole other thing when fans start blurring the lines between fiction and reality.
One of Riverdale’s big bad villains this season is Evelyn Evernever, played by Zoé De Grand’Maison. But, while the 24-year-old actress has us convinced her character is probably one of the worst people ever, let’s make one thing clear – she most definitely is NOT Evelyn Evernever.
Hating on the character is understandable – but hating on the actress? Come on, guys. She’s just doing her job – and, a very good job at that if fans are so affected by the storyline.
Zoe revealed that she had started getting hateful messages online. IRL.
“At first, I was kind of just laughing it off,” she told Cosmopolitan. “But I was getting a lot of DMs and some comments on photos that were clearly meant for Evelyn. ‘Leave Betty alone’ or ‘I hate you’ or ‘You’re stupid.’”
“I obviously didn’t take it to heart, because these are people who obviously have no idea who I am as a person,” Zoé continued. “But after a while, it gets annoying and can kind of upset you a little bit.”
She actually even had to address the whole sitch on her Instagram stories.
“Actors play characters, I don’t understand how so many people are incapable of grasping that concept,” she wrote on her IG story. “I AM NOT EVELYN IN REAL LIFE PLEASE STOP SENDING HATEFUL FARM-RELATED MESSAGES TY.”
“So I just wanted to put that message out there and also help any other actors who may be going through something similar,” she told the magazine, explaining why she posted the IG story to the magazine.
“You’re allowed to not like my character,” Zoé added. “It’s so cool that you’re this invested in the show, but don’t send hateful messages to the actors portraying them, because they’re just doing their jobs.”
Even her on-screen nemesis, Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper on the show, defended he co-star, sharing the story on her IG, and adding “LEAVE ZOE ALONE.”
And, Madelaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl Blossom on the show, was sympathetic. “It bums me out when people are rude to our cast members, ’cause they’re my friends,” she revealed to Cosmo. “I wish people could get that the writers are writing this and it’s a TV show. But they don’t.”
Apparently, it’s why Madelaine, who’s gone through a similar sitch with the show and its fans, put up her own YouTube channel. “It’s all about getting people to separate the character from the actor. Make people realize that Madelaine isn’t Cheryl.”
As for how she deals with it: “The best thing you can do is ignore it,” she shrugs.
“You have to have thick skin in this industry,” she added. “Zoé has that in every other aspect of the world, which is why I never thought it would be something she even thought about because she’s so tough. She’s such a tough b—h and I love it. But it’s something everyone’s gonna go through if you’re on my show.”