Aspiring singer Josie last appeared in Riverdale in season three of The CW show and went on to feature in Katy Keene as she pursued her musical dreams in New York City. However, with that show’s cancellation after one season, fans may have worried that Josie’s story wouldn’t be wrapped up.
However, the latest episode of Riverdale saw Josie and the Pussycats – Valerie Brown (Hayley Law) and Melody Valentine (Asha Bromfield) – make their comeback. Following Riverdale‘s season five time jump, Josie is now a superstar in the music industry and had returned home to work on her next album.
While creating new music, she also found herself reflecting on her time growing up in the town and how she wants to move forward in her career, and actress Ashleigh has shared her delight at being able to give Josie some proper closure.
“Roberto (Aguirre-Sacasa, Riverdale‘s showrunner) pitched the idea to me as a chance to give Josie some closure because at that point, prior to shooting this episode, we’d only seen Josie in her childhood and then in her very young adulthood on Katy Keene,” she told Entertainment Weekly.
“And in each of those places, she was struggling and striving to become a superstar. Unfortunately, after the cancellation of Katy Keene, we didn’t get to explore her making her dream come true, so this episode idea came about as an option to pay some homage to the Katy Keene years that we lost and also be able to pay proper homage to who Josie is in the comic books, which is a superstar.”
Ashleigh went on to say that bringing Josie back was “cathartic” for both herself and her character, saying that “stepping back into that space and this character gave me a sense of agency and gave Josie a sense of agency that neither of us felt like we had”.
“It was cathartic for this character to be able to face her past and be honest about the friendships she felt like she had,” she said.
“And then also, I had my own agency of coming back to a place where I didn’t feel fulfilled or seen as an actor and I didn’t feel a part of a show that I loved so much, and I finally got to be a part of it and feel good about it.”
Riverdale airs on The CW in the US. In the UK, you can stream via Netflix.
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