It’s annoying to discover how regular a guy Cole Sprouse really is. You imagine a star, but you meet a person so likeable, he might as well be someone you meet in your Friday night watering hole. (He has, in fact, hung out in Poblacion.)
Cole Sprouse is so regular, and this is perhaps the highest compliment you can pay him: given his years in front of the camera, Cole has little of the trappings of a big star. He’s talented and charming — his successful take on Jughead in Riverdale, not to mention his years on Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, are proof enough — but his appeal perhaps lies in his plainness, his honest-to-god truth that he’s just like us. Just maybe a hundred times better looking.
It was perhaps this that made him an ideal Bench endorser, a brand that prides itself in having a global presence while maintaining a close affinity to its local roots. Last April 20, Cole visited Manila to the delight of thousands. In fact, his mall visits had to be moved to bigger venues in order to accommodate more fans who wanted to see him up close. And to think that these aren’t just fans who grew up with him through Disney, or those who saw him as Adam Sandler’s pseudo son in Big Daddy (a role he shared with his brother, Dylan.) Some of these people are getting to know Cole Sprouse, the adult, and are just as charmed as many of those who knew him as a much younger actor.
During Cole’s brief Manila visit, we tried to figure out what success is, and how that idea still mystifies him until today. Young STAR sits down with the Riverdale star and discovers how Cole Sprouse’s normality might just be the secret to his enduring celebrity.