Casey Cott is a talented American actor who does justice to every role he’s given. He is popularly known for playing the character of Kevin Keller, a gay teenager, in the CW TV series, Riverdale (2017-present). The characters of the series are gotten off The Archie Comics publication. After the first season as a recurring character, he was promoted to a regular role in the second season.
Since the rise in his popularity, Casey’s acting career has had an upward trajectory as he has made his presence felt in the American film industry with breathtaking depictions in many other series and films. Although he is mostly recognized for his TV roles, the young star also has on his resume many stage production credits, a path he trod before emerging as a TV star.
While In College, Casey Cott Kickstarted His Acting Career With Stage Works
Cott attended Chagrin Falls High School then he proceeded to Boston University where he studied for only two years before transferring to Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and there, he studied Acting. He graduated from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2016. While there, the young actor began his acting career pursuit with performances in stage productions at the local Ohio theater.
He played a role in the comedic historical rock musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson that won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, as well as Romeo and Juliet, one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime. He later took part in the stage production of Parade at the Pittsburgh’s Hazlett Theater in the year 2014.
Alongside his classmates at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Casey Cott was cast in John Pollono’s play, Small Engine Repair that tells the story of three friends who assemble at a repair shop in Manchester, New Hampshire one night, exploring the themes of fraternity, regret, and masculinity. He then appeared in the theater production of The Prince of Egypt at the New York’s Bay Street Theater in August 2016. He played the role of Moses in the musical project, sharing the stage with John Cariani and Shuler Hensley.
Being Cast In Riverdale In 2017 Took The Actor’s Career To The Next Level
Luckily for the charming young actor, before he finished up from the drama school, he got a recurring role as Kevin Keller, in Riverdale, an American drama show created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It may interest you to know that when Casey auditioned for Riverdale, it was not for the role of Kelvin Keller. He actually auditioned for both Jughead Jones and Archie Andrews. However, he was offered the role of Kevin instead.
Nevertheless, he went on to execute the role with precision and his perfect depiction of the character in 2017 earned him a promotion to a regular role in the series. Emerging as the first openly gay character in the Archie Comics series, Kevin Keller was enormously loved by the LGBTQ community, as Casey Cott’s portrayal of the character brought to light an important representation of the LGBTQ+ to mainstream television.
The series which debuted on the CW TV in January 2017 to positive reviews has been renewed for a fifth season by the TV network and is set to premiere in January 2021.
Casey’s Performance In The Archie Comics Series Fetched Him More Acting Roles
Following his performance in Riverdale, Cott had a rise in his career as more films and TV series offers rolled in his way. Prior to playing a recurring role in the Archie Comics series, he played Lucas Hull in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2017). Then in 2018, the talented actor was cast as Dino Moretti in the police procedural drama TV series, Instinct. He made his film debut in the next year by portraying Trevor Olsson in All the Little Things We Kill.
He further reprised his role of Kevin Keller in a musical comedy-drama TV series, Katy Keene (2020) that was based on Archie Comics characters of the same name. Despite being a spin-off of Riverdale, Katy Keene failed to achieve significant success and was canceled after one season. Casey Cott has additionally featured in the rock musical, The Who’s Tommy and is set to appear in the upcoming film, The Mascot where he will be portraying the lead character of Nick Shepherd.
More so, the Riverdale star has made appearances in some music videos including Sabrina Carpenter’s ‘Why’ and Mina Tobias’ ‘Shoes.’
His Portrayal of Kevin Keller In Riverdale Raised Eyebrows Regarding His Sexuality
There have been serious speculations and inquiries about the sexual orientation of Casey Cott. This was fueled by his role as Kevin Keller in Riverdale. However, the speculations about the actor being gay couldn’t be further from the truth. Although he said it feels intriguing playing the character, he is straight in real life, and his relationships with some comely ladies in the past years point to that.
Casey, however, has thanked the directors, writers, and producers who guided him to perfectly portray the character of Kevin Keller.
The Rising Star Has Dated Beautiful Actresses In The Past
On the relationship front, Cott is not yet married. But from the information available, he may just be single at present. According to his interview with the Daily Mail in 2019, the hunk actor revealed that he was single at the time. Despite deciding to go solo recently, Casey Cott has had a colorful dating life so far.
Although he has skillfully succeeded in keeping his personal life a secret, it can be gathered that Casey previously dated Kristin Serafini, an actress known for her roles in Pittsburgh (2006) and After Hours Trading (2017). However, the couple broke up in 2014.
Later in 2016, he kicked off another romantic affair with Stephanie Styles who is a singer and also a dancer. The two graced several events together while dating including the Bandstand Broadway opening night performance at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in April 2017, as well as the opening night of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Delacorte Theater in July 2017. With Cott revealing his single status in 2019, it’s still unclear when he parted ways with the gorgeous actress.
Casey Cott And His Siblings Have Unique Family Trademark of CMC Initials
Casey Morton Cott was born on a Saturday, August 8th, 1992 to Lori Morton and Rick Cott. He was born in New Jersey, but he grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, in the United States of America. Casey, who is the second of three children has an elder brother, Corey and a younger sister, Carly. His elder brother is also an actor who is best-recognized for his roles in Broadway musicals, Newsies and Bandstand. His younger sister, on the other hand, is a photographer and a theatre artist.
His elder brother was born two years before him, in 1990, while his sister came just a year after him, in 1993. His father, who was an A-10 fighter jet pilot, and his mother, who is a real estate agent, decided to give all their children the same initials – C. M. C. His elder brother’s name is Corey Michael Cott, he is Casey Morton Cott, while his sister is Carly Megan Cott.