Prune: In the last few years you’ve starred in Teen Wolf, NCIS and Riverdale. With social media on the rise, has your fan base grown rapidly?
Marisol: Yes absolutely. When i did “24" and other shows, social media was just starting to come out and then I took a bit of a break to help raise my daughter and as i went back into my career i’ve seen the power of social media first hand. I’ve enjoyed hearing from people that like my work or just enjoy whatever film or show i’m doing. It’s definitely changed the playing field.
Prune: Riverdale returns tonight and everyone is on the edge of their seat. What can we expect from this season?
Marisol: More of everything! More mystery, more romance, and more danger. we’ve got twice as many episodes this year so i feel we can really create something special for our audience. Also, we are wiser this year. Both in terms of our characters and what works or doesn’t work. We’ve lived them awhile and really got to explore different avenues of who they are. Especially for me with Hermione. She changes so much in Season 2 because of Hiram coming back. She’s way more guarded and hidden with everything she does, because of him.
Prune: Based off the Archie comics, did you ever expect Riverdale to produce such an overwhelming response?
Marisol: I didn’t know what to expect until we did the first read-through of the script out loud with all the cast. When I heard everybody reading their roles and creating their characters i felt that this was something special. I hoped that the audience would connect with it, but you never know in this business. I’m beyond thrilled that people are responding so positively. I’m humbled and appreciative.
Prune: Riverdale features a lot of young new actors. Talk to me about the talent on set.
Marisol: They’re incredible. Everyone cares so much about their performance and everyone is so invested in telling a great story that it’s wonderful to be a part of something that everyone cares about so much.
Prune: Outside of acting, you’re an advocate for human rights. Talk to me about the projects and campaigns you are involved in.
Marisol: I founded my nonprofit "foundation for a slavery free world" when i heard about so many women and children being caught up in human trafficking. i felt that i had to do something. Last month i was in new york city to speak at the united nations on the work that we’re doing. In addition, i’m honored to say I was awarded the presidential gold volunteer service award from Barrack Obama for my undercover work in this field. I’ve been an advocate for human rights for over 10 years because i believe in it.
Prune: You have one daughter, Rain. Will you encourage her to pursue acting?
Marisol: Yes, I encourage her to pursue everything and anything she wants to do. Right now, she wants to be a director and an actor and she’s making videos on her iPad, editing them together, even adding music and credits. I’m amazed at what she creates. I don’t doubt that she’ll be an amazing director if she continues this way.
Prune: Aside from the shows you’ve starred in, what is your favorite series to binge watch?
Marisol: Great! Game of Thrones, Handmaid’s Tale, This is Us, and House of Cards.
Prune: We’ll finish with fashion. What is your everyday style?
Marisol: I could say I prefer fall fashion to summer. I love jeans, a great pair of shoes or boots, sweaters and amazing coats and jackets. I have so many coats and jackets and I don’t often get to wear them in los angeles, so i’m happy to be in Vancouver where I can make use of them all. Right now, i'm slightly obsessed with Gucci and YSL , their shoes and boots are just killing it. don’t get me started. I could go on and on with that question!
Prune: What are your three favorite fashion trends at the moment?
Marisol: Denim on denim, anything velvet, loafers with fur – my favorite.
Prune: Finally, pop culture pruning. What trend would you like to eliminate?
Marisol: It’s not really a trend, I don’t want to give it that much power, but if i could eliminate cyber bullying that would be my goal. Since when did we become a culture of bad manners? I think people need to remember to be kind to one another even if you disagree, because of the internet i’ve seen it give people an air of being anonymous and their manners go out the window. We need to remember that there’s a human being at the other end of that line. I’m not even speaking about me. I’ve just seen this happen over the years and the damage it causes people. If I could eliminate bullying and remind us all to be kind to one another I think it would make for a better world.
EDITOR IN CHIEF | MICHAEL ST. MICHAEL @michaelstmichael
INTERVIEW | DYLAN JADER @thedylanjader
PHOTOGRAPHY | AARON AUBREY @aaronaubrey
WARDROBE | CARLA PEDERSEN @carlapedersenstyling
HAIR & MAKEUP | MARLAYNA PINCOTT @pincottmakeup
LOCATION | BUDDAH FULL @buddhafullprovisions