When you turn on your TV tonight, you’ll want to catch the premiere of the CW’s buzzed about new TV show Riverdale, an updated, modernized take on the beloved comic book characters of Archie, Betty and Veronica. Bad boy Reggie Mantle is played by Ross Butler, an Asian-American actor who began his acting career in 2010, when he left Ohio State University and his chemical engineering path behind for life in front of the camera. He has since appeared on Disney Channel’s K.C. Undercover, opposite Zendaya, Disney’s Teen Beach 2, Lifetime’s Perfect High and MTV’s cult favorite, Teen Wolf. Butler is also slated to appear in Selena Gomez’s highly anticipated new drama, 13 Reasons Why, premiering on Netflix later this year. Here, this CW star shares his haute secrets to the City of Angels.
Where were you born: Singapore
How long in LA: 6 and a half years
Favorite Restaurant: Santouka Ramen: Comfort meets addiction. Hatchet Hall: Rotating menus meets consistent deliciousness.
Best Sushi: Kanpai near LAX as far as variety. Kifune for the sushi chef, Hide (hee-day). Sit at the bar when he’s there and it’s a NC-17 experience every time.
Best Italian: Being half raised in New York, I can’t comment on the Italian experience in LA.
Best dessert: Hatchet Hall again. Every dessert I’ve had there has blown my mind. Even the cookie plate.
Best place for a romantic date: Her place.
Best Sunday brunch: Café Buna
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Shutters on the Beach
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: 3rd Street Promenade
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Fossil
Best Spa: Hair/Makeup Trailer
Favorite Charity Event: Volunteering at any Boys & Girls Club. No need to dress up, no need to talk about what I’m working on. Just helping out.
Favorite Cultural Event: Filming/TV taping. Go to one!
Favorite Cultural Institution: Hollywood. You love to hate to love it.
Best Steakhouse: Honestly, I love Ruth’s Chris. I’m always down for the Tomahawk.
Best Pizza: Greyblock Pizza, I guess. (see NY reasoning above)
Best Lunch: In-N-Out. Triple Double protein style with extra extra chilies.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: If I didn’t mind having a quarter of my car payment going towards a gym membership, I’d definitely go to Equinox. I’ll admit, the eucalyptus towels are outstanding.
Best Massage: My place.
Best Museum/Exhibit: LACMA
Describe Los Angeles in three words: Beaches. Mountains. Minutes.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Griffith Observatory
All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: Hiking anywhere except Runyon.
Best Aspect of Los Angeles: Variety in everything except for the weather.
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