HOMETOWN: Arezzo, Italy
Cole first drew attention in the late-’90s smash comedy Big Daddy, but it was the seven years working on the Disney Channel’s hit series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody that really put him — and his identical twin brother, Dylan — on the Hollywood map. “It was a massive pursuit that changed our lives tremendously,” he reflects. “That show really became a home away from home.”
After that, the dapper talent took a five-year hiatus from acting to attend New York University. “I needed to know if I wanted to continue performing and had to step outside of myself to pursue other things.” Now, with an archaeological anthropology diploma in hand, Cole is back in the biz, playing Jughead Jones in the CW series Riverdale, a noir take on the Archie Comics universe. “My character is a weird and creepy kid, which is very fitting for me,” he jokes.
While studying at NYU, Cole picked up photography; he hopes to continue pursuing it, focusing on blending the travel and fashion genres into one seamless style. “I grew up on camera so it came quite naturally,” he says. —KIRBY MARZEC
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