Cole Sprouse Smoking Indoors During His “Call Her Daddy” Interview Gave People “The Ick”
On the newest episode of Call Her Daddy hosted by Alex Cooper (the Joe Rogan Experience for women who manifest), 30-year-old Cole Sprouse, star of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (and, oh yeah, Riverdale), reflected on his career and personal life while polishing off cigarettes like a Vietnam vet recounting the war. After spilling about his mommy issues, being exploited by Disney, and losing his virginity at 14, people had one main takeaway. That Cole gave them “the ick.”
Cole’s Call Her Daddy full episode was released yesterday, and in a little preview for it, Alex asks Cole about his split from Riverdale co-star Lili Reinhart. As early-aughts Ibiza club music swells, Cole dramatically takes a long drag of his ciggie as he searches the depths of his mind for an answer. Sartre, who?!
It’s giving rich white kid pretending to be a tortured artist ☠️
— Loser Vuitton (@brittanyzapataa) March 7, 2023
People flocked to Twitter to blast Cole for leaning into a pretentious “tortured artist” schtick, which many were quick to compare to his Riverdale character, Jughead, a philosophically inclined social outcast. One social media user declared, “Always been pretentious af. Makes my skin crawl- always using big brilliant vocabulary to make himself seem above the peasants.” Look, if you don’t understand big words, just say so! But also, maybe they have a point. According to Jezebel, Cole used to kick off discourse amongst other Disney kids.
He recalls being atheist while nearly all his fellow Disney stars were Christian, challenging them to lengthy “debates,” and galavanting about the studio as “an intellectual bully.”
Besides giving people “the ick” with his indoor smoking and use of big words, Cole talked about his split from Lili. via HuffPo:
“It was really hard for both of us, and that’s OK,” Sprouse said. “I think the work thing got difficult because it was hard to suspend all the way we felt about each other. It didn’t afford us the luxury of distance to really overcome that. I know we both did quite a bit of damage to each other.”
In his “Call Her Daddy” chat this week, however, Sprouse suggested he would’ve ended the relationship sooner “if I had loved myself a little more.”
“I just felt like I had to take care of a lot of people around me, which was not good for me,” he explained. “I probably should have exercised a bit more selfishness in that situation.”
And Cole shared “the great story” (aka the cringey story) of him losing his virginity at 14 to an older girl. via Page Six:
“This is such a great story. I feel like it says so much about me,” Sprouse told “Call Her Daddy” podcast host Alexandra Cooper.
“I was 14 when I lost my virginity, so this is still bowl-cut guy,” he went on, setting the scene.
“I was on a family trip in Florida, and I met this girl who was older, so that’s already dubious. … The first night we kind of made out, the second night — this makes me nervous, it’s so cringey — I, like, knocked on her hotel door. I finally mustered up enough courage to deliver a line that my brother [Dylan Sprouse] has never, ever let down for me. I looked at her, and I was like, ‘So, are you like DTF?’ She goes, ‘What?’ And I go, ‘You know, down to fuck?’ I was 14,” he remembered.
After the girl replied, “Sure,” Cole texted Dylan and a friend who was on the trip with them.
“We’re walking down the hall. I got my arm around this girl. I see my brother and Charlie. As we pass each other, my brother looks at me and goes, ‘What the fuck are we supposed to do?’ I looked at him, and I said another line that he’s never forgiven me for. I was like, ‘I dunno, go play chess or something.’”
Cole also told Alexandra that finding fame alongside his brother Dylan Sprouse on Disney Channel at a young age was a “golden ticket” for acquiring the bag for their family, but it affected his ability to trust and be vulnerable in his relationships. According to Rolling Stone, Cole illustrated his outlook on this upbringing.
“As I’ve gotten older, what I’ve really been trying to unpack is the distinction between my public and private life,” Sprouse explained. “My public life has been a mess of showing my awkward teenage years and all this sort of stuff to the world, and I think it’s a total natural consequence of my upbringing to feel a little nervous about vulnerability and connection when it came to romantic partnerships.”
So, in other words, Disney messes child stars up. I think this is what Mrs. Potts was really singing about in Beauty and the Beast when she sang, “Tale as old as time.”
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