Riverdale fans were so excited when the cast they already knew and loved was joined by a Canadian actress. In 2017, Vanessa Morgan joined the show to play Toni Topaz, a bisexual who's part of the "Southside Serpents" group. She was instantly welcomed by her co-stars and fans and continues to be a hit in the show. Riverdale's Vanessa Morgan has a bunch of interesting facts about her life both on and off-screen.
She Was Born And Raised In Ottawa, Ontario
Yes I'm canadian! but my mother is scottish and my father is east african so yes I'm mixed— Vanessa Morgan (@Vanessa Morgan)1310754526.0
Morgan was born in Ottawa on March 23, 1992, making her 27-years-old today. She grew up in Ottawa, attending Colonel By Secondary School. On Twitter, she told her followers that she's part Scottish and East African.
She Studied at Queen's University
Morgan attended Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and according to PopSugar, she studied philosophy there.
She Recently Got Engaged
Morgan announced her engagement on Instagram in early July with a gorgeous photo of her and her new rock at Mooney Falls in Arizona. Her fiance is Michael Kopeck, a pitcher for the Chicago Red Sox.
She Got Her Start In Our Childhood Show, The Latest Buzz
If Morgan's face looks really familiar but you just can't put your finger on it, it might be because she starred as Amanda Pierce in The Latest Buzz, which aired from 2007 to 2010. Fun fact: according to IMDb, she also sang the theme song for the show too.
She's Also A Singer
Morgan can be seen singing in episodes of Riverdale, and IMDb said that she also used to sing the national anthem at sporting events including an Ottawa Senators hockey game.
She's Been In Episodes Of Degrassi: The Next Generation
Morgan and her former The Latest Buzz co-star, Munro Chambers, reunited when she appeared in two episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2013.
She's Real Life Best Friends With Her Riverdale Co-Star
Despite the fact that the two play steamy lovers Toni and Cheryl on the show, Morgan and Madelaine Petsch don't let that make things awkward and they're actually real-life best friends. Their friendship is super admirable and they post tons of Instagram photos together. Petsch sent great words of support after Morgan's engagement, writing "Omggggg dying for this post...bestie’s getting married !!!!!!! I’m beyond happy for you my little babies."
She Competed In A Season Of The Amazing Race
In 2013, Morgan competed with her older sister, Celina Mziray, in The Amazing Race. And in an interview with Paste Magazine, she told them, "We made it to the very last episode, and came in third. We did really good. Being small girls, we were the underdogs of the show and we made it to the end against all these guys."
She's Won Two Teen Choice Awards For Riverdale
Last year, Morgan won two Teen Choice Awards, "Scene Stealer" and "TV: Breakout Star" for her impressive acting in Riverdale.
Check out this scene of Morgan showing off her singing skills in a scene with her bestie and co-star in Riverdale.