words | Daniel Larsen
On a blistering hot Los Angeles morning, Madelaine Petsch arrived for her cover shoot with Luca, wearing her signature Prada sunglasses and a smile on her face. Just off an early-morning flight from Vancouver, she had been filming late into the night. One might expect the star, or at least her smile, to fade throughout a day in a studio without air conditioning and full of people – but that’s not Madelaine. Wardrobe change after wardrobe change, she owned the camera as you can see in these flawless images. After hours of slaying look after look in the California heat, Madelaine was off to conquer the rest of her demanding schedule with her smile still intact. A natural in front of the camera, her upbeat attitude and lively personality made Madelaine a joy to work with. You may have seen the talented young actress in the CW's hit show Riverdale portraying the fabulous Cheryl Blossom, one of the show’s chic lipstick-clad leading ladies. With her gorgeous auburn hair and natural beauty, Madelaine is most definitely easy on the eyes; however, it’s quickly apparent she’s so much more than just her looks. With her kind heart, genuine charm, and quick wit, it’s no wonder people are falling in love with the young starlet – she has a personality that is impossible not to be attracted to. I was fortunate enough to ask her some questions and get to know her better.
Luca: Do you have any ritual that gets you in the zone before you start filming?
Madelaine: Honestly, the minute the lipstick & the heels are on, Cheryl is in charge.
L: What do you love most about Cheryl?
M: Her layers. She’s so complex and, as an actor, that’s really what you want in a role. She challenges me and pushes me every single day.