Riverdale fans will learn a little bit more about Jughead’s family in season three, as his mother and sister shake things up with their own sneaky behaviour. Film, television and stage actor, Gina Gershon (Bound) and newcomer Trinity Likins have been set for recurring roles as Gladys Jones and Jellybean JB Jones, respectively. They will debut on Riverdale on 12 December on The CW television network.
Gershon plays Jughead’s mother, Gladys Jones, a businesswoman who runs the salvage yard (chop shop) that doubles as a serpent compound, and the serpents all snap to attention when she gives them an order. A serpent with a GED, she acts as Fagin to a crew of teenaged car parts thieves.
Likins is set for the role of Jughead’s sister, Jellybean JB Jones. She is wise beyond her years, and her favourite bands are Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. Jellybean lives with her biker mom in Toledo where they run scams to make ends meet. And like mother like daughter, Jellybean, who goes by JB now is quite the little con artist herself.
Gershon recently completed a residency at the famed Café Carlyle, where she performed her musical act, Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues. Her television credits include FX’s Rescue Me, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Amazon’s Red Oaks, and Lifetime’s House of Versace. She also won best supporting actress at the Toronto Film Festival for Killer Joe, and appeared in Face/Off, Bound, and The Player.
Likins landed the lead role of Amelia in the Hallmark holiday movie Christmas in the Air. She also recurred as Emma in the CBC miniseries Unspeakable.
Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Luke Perry, Mädchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Casey Cott, Mark Consuelos, and Skeet Ulrich.
Based on the Archie Comics’ characters, Riverdale comes from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater are executive producers to the third season of Riverdale, which has already streamed its first episode on The CW.