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Episode 19: Casey Cott    

Episode 19: Casey Cott

Welcome to episode nineteen of The Madhappy Podcast, a conversation on mental health with the actor Casey Cott hosted by Madhappy co-founders Mason Spector and Peiman Raf. In this episode, we speak with Casey about his journey in the acting world, his experience being cast for “Riverdale,” and how he works to prioritize his mental health.

We start off by hearing about Casey’s childhood growing up in the midwest and his sibling dynamics (3:50). We learn how Casey ended up at Carnegie Mellon for a four-year program after being rejected the first time (9:17), which leads the three of us into a conversation about the fear and uncertainty that can come with big life changes like leaving college, navigating breakups, and quitting jobs. (13:49) We then move into a conversation about what prompted Casey to pursue an acting career (17:21). 

Casey tells us how being cast for “Riverdale” was the greatest moment of his life, and the effect it had on his mental and physical health as a college student. He shares how he has handled the success and fluctuating fame that’s come from his role as Kevin on the show (19:28). He then touches on the relationships he’s built and open conversations he’s been able to have with his fellow cast members since the first season (25:28).

Later, we talk about how Casey prepares for his role on the show and the pressures that come with working to create the best version of Kevin, who was the first gay character on “Riverdale” (30:02).  Peiman asks Casey how he supports and takes care of his mental health (33:43), before we wrap up by learning which director Casey would love to work with and what’s coming up next for him in both his career and personal life (38:02).

Listen to episode nineteen of The Madhappy Podcast below:

We talk about some serious topics on this show. We are not professionals and are not giving advice. If you or someone you know needs help, please text start to 741741, and for additional resources, please visit LocalOptimist.com/Get-Help. The Madhappy Podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not a replacement for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

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