Marisol Nichols is new to the world of teen drama. Despite a brief turn on “Teen Wolf," the actress is better known for her roles on crime shows, like Special Agent Zoe Keats on “NCIS,” or chief of Counter Terrorism Nadia Yassar in “24.”
But now the 43-year-old actress stars in “Riverdale,” the new CW show everyone’s buzzing about. In the steamy, noir spin on the classic “Archie” comic — with a vibe of “Twin Peaks” meets “Gossip Girl” — Nichols plays Hermione Lodge, mother to the infamous Veronica. In this retelling, the two have fled a life of New York high society for Hermione’s hometown of Riverdale, after husband and father Hiram Lodge goes to prison for embezzlement.
The series opens with Hermione and Veronica both adjusting to small town life. Veronica sheds her mean girl past, while Hermione finds new struggles as a single, broke mom, and contends with the high school drama she left behind. That includes an old nemesis in Betty’s mother (Madchen Amick, who incidentally will play Shelly Johnson in the “Twin Peaks” reboot), and an ex-boyfriend in Archie’s father (Luke Perry).
Ahead of Thursday night's premiere, Nichols calls from L.A. to talk about playing a glammed-up version of Hermione and feeling like a '90s teen opposite Luke Perry.
Hermione was allegedly a mean girl when she went to Riverdale High, but from what we’ve watched so far, as an adult she seems like a good person? We’re not sure.
I’m glad that you can’t really tell! You’re going to see a lot more Hermione and what she’s going through, with her and Luke Perry. She is trying to do the best that she can. She’s trying to be a better person than she was in high school. Same with Veronica: they’re both going through that same change. Of course, any villain would say they were doing the best they could.