Guess Which Riverdale Star Vanessa Morgan Hopes Her Character Dates

She'll play Toni Topaz, a Southside Serpent who *might* come between Betty and Jughead, in season 2

Vanessa Morgan and Madelaine Petsch at an event in Los Angeles

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Vanessa Morgan might not be a household name juuuuust yet, but that’s sure to change after season 2 of the smash-hit teen (but, like, also adult) drama Riverdale kicks off on October 11. News that the gorgeous Canadian actress, 25, would appear in Riverdale’s second season broke over Comic-Con weekend in San Diego on July 22 and we couldn’t be more stoked for another talented Canuck to join the cast of our fave show (Hayley Law, who plays standout Valerie, is also a Vancouver native). Here’s everything we’ve learned about Vanessa and her Riverdale character, Toni Topaz, so far—including who Vanessa would love to Toni coupled up with.

Super excited about this one!! So happy to be joining the @thecwriverdale fam!@archiecomics

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She’s an Ottawa native

Vanessa was born and raised in O-town but now calls L.A. home.

She has a pageant past

Before getting into acting and modelling, Vanessa won the Junior Miss America pageant in 1999.

Girl can sing

In addition to sometimes singing on the delightfully kitschy Canadian teen sitcom, The Latest Buzz, Vanessa sang the National Anthem at an NHL game in 2013 and girl can belt! 

She played Sarah on the fan-beloved but short-lived comedy-horror show, My Babysitter’s a Vampire, from 2011 to 2012

Six years after it was cancelled, fans are still legit obsessed—just Google “my babysitter’s a vampire fanfiction.”

She appeared as a contestant on season 1 of Amazing Race Canada

Vanessa competed with her sister, Celine, in 2013 and the pair made it to the top three. The petite sisters were a surprise success on the physically challenging show, as early on they weren’t viewed as a threat. “We motivated a lot of people who are smaller and might not be Olympic athletes to try out,” Vanessa told the Toronto Star after the show wrapped. “Because there’s a lot of other skills and as long as you’re a healthy person I think you can have a shot.”

She had a guest spot on the Canadian classic, Degrassi: The Next Generation, in 2013 

Vanessa played a single teen mom who returns to school after having her son. (And no, she didn’t cross paths with Drake, unfortch, as he left the show in 2009.)

She once breathed the same air as RiRi so we’re basically dead from jealousy.

They even snapped a pic together.

Lakers vs Goldenstate Warriors game @badgalriri

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Most recently, she joined the cast of  MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles, a series based on the best-selling fantasy book

She plays a character named Lyria in the second season of the show, which is filmed in New Zealand.

She’ll play a Southside Serpent named Toni Topaz on season 2 of Riverdale 

Vanessa takes on the role of Toni, a bisexual female Southside Serpent with pink hair who will become a friend and confidante to Jughead and, you guessed it, create dramz between our beloved Bughead (which, for the record, does not mean the actress should be receiving death threats from fans! WT actual F).

She hopes Toni dates none other than our fave, Cheryl Blossom

Vanessa told Bustle on the MTV VMAs red carpet that despite fans going bananas over rumours that Toni comes between Jughead and Betty, she would love to see Toni coupled up with Riverdale villain Cheryl Blossom (played by her IRL bestie, Madelaine Petsch). 

And their real life friendship is pretty darn adorable

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