Darren Barnet Could've Been Jughead in Riverdale, and Wow, I Need Time to Process
Thanks to Netflix's Never Have I Ever, we've been introduced to a group of talented up-and-coming actors that includes Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Lee Rodriguez, Ramona Young, and yes, the heartthrob, Darren Barnet. But what if things turned out differently? Well, believe it or not, we might've ended up with Barnet as a certain Jughead Jones on Riverdale instead of Cole Sprouse.
During a virtual game of impressions for J-14, Ramakrishnan (who plays Devi) and Barnet (who plays Paxton) went head-to-head guessing popular Netflix, CW, and Disney Channel characters. Although some clues definitely slipped Barnet's mind — let's be real, Ramakrishnan totally owned this game — he didn't hesitate when he heard Jughead's monologue. (Skip ahead to 8:03 to see Ramakrishnan fully commit to the role.) "That literally was my audition for that role," Barnet admitted as he cracked up over his costar's impression. Watch the full video above to enjoy their back-and-forth banter. Can you imagine a world where Barnet and Sprouse switched places? Wild.