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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Ross Lynch steps into the role of Harvey Kinkle, the high school heartthrob and mortal boyfriend to half-witch and half-mortal Sabrina, played by Kiernan Shipka, in the Netflix series. As he tells The Hollywood Reporter In Studio, the cast feels “so lucky” to have the Mad Men alum lead the show.
“She’s incredible. She works so hard, it’s amazing. All the actors have a lot of admiration for Kiernan. She’s really good. We got so lucky to have her as Sabrina,” he said.
“We always talk about it because she’s really pleasant to work with regardless of all the hours and all the hard work she’s putting in. She’s always super positive and just does a really good job. And we’ve gotten along great,” he added.
For Lynch, portraying Harvey in the series from Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa brings a lot less “pressure” compared to his previous role as notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in 2017’s My Friend Dahmer.
“When you’re playing someone that actually existed, there’s pressure to that because you want to depict him accurately and when it comes to Harvey, it’s really just about —at least in the beginning – it’s about being Sabrina’s first love more than anything,” he told THR.
He added: “I feel like a lot of this character is me in a sense, because when you think about the character of the show that’s the high school love interest of the female lead, there shouldn’t be too much thought or consideration because it’s just a lovely character.”
The first season debuts on the streaming service Friday, Oct. 26, and Lynch, who is currently filming the second season, teased that “anything could happen” with the characters in Greendale. “People can die and they can come back. Not hinting at anything but the great thing about making a show about magic is anything can happen, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to Harvey.”
Watch the video above to hear Lynch discuss balancing his acting and music career, the homages to horror films in Sabrina and more.
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