Camila Carraro Mendes is an American actress and singer. She made her debut portraying Veronica Lodge on The CW teen drama series Riverdale (2017–present), for which she won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Scene Stealer in 2017. She has appeared as Morgan Cruise in the romantic comedy The New Romantic (2018), the Netflix original films The Perfect Date (2019), Dangerous Lies (2020), and Do Revenge (2022), as well as the critically acclaimed Hulu sci-fi comedy Palm Springs (2020).
Nick Name: Cami
Years active: 2016–present
Born: June 29, 1994, 28 years old and 11 months, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S
Sun Sign: Cancer
Hair Color: Dark Brown. To look suitable for the role of Veronica Lodge in Riverdale, she had to dye her hair in a darker shade.
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Height: 5 ft 2½ in / 1.59 m
Measurements: 35-25-34 in / 89-63.5-86 cm
Bra Size: 32C US / 70D EU
Camila Mendes got enrolled at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts to hone her acting skills and graduated from the school in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
For two semesters, she also attended Stonestreet Film Acting Conservatory at Tisch.
Father – Victor Mendes.
Mother – Gisele Mendes
Siblings – Kiara Moreno (Sister)
Her parents are of Brazilian descent.
Mendes was born on June 29, 1994, in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Brazilian parents. Her father, Victor Mendes, is a business executive and her mother, Gisele Carraro, is a flight attendant. She has an older sister. Shortly after her birth, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, then back to Virginia, and then to Orlando, Florida. Due to her father’s job and later, her parents’ divorce, she moved 16 times growing up, but mainly lived in Florida. At the age of 10, she lived in Brazil, for a year. Mendes attended the Fine Arts program at the American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida, graduating in 2012. In May 2016, Mendes graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. While there, she also became friends with singer Maggie Rogers.
Mendes’ first acting job was a commercial for IKEA. In 2016, Mendes was cast as “silver-tongued high school sophomore” Veronica Lodge in The CW‘s teen drama series Riverdale, a subversive take on the Archie Comics. Mendes was represented by the Carson Kolker Organization, later changing to CAA. She appeared on the cover of Women’s Health in December 2017 and Cosmopolitan in February 2018.
Mendes made her feature film debut as Morgan in The New Romantic, which premiered at the SXSW Festival in March 2018. In the same month, Mendes joined the cast of the romantic comedy The Perfect Date alongside Laura Marano and Matt Walsh. The film was released on Netflix on April 12, 2019. In 2019, the film Coyote Lake premiered, in which Mendes is the lead. In 2020 she appeared in the critically acclaimed sci-fi/comedy Palm Springs, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released that July on Hulu. She subsequently headlined the Netflix thriller film Dangerous Lies, released that same year.
When auditioning for characters of Latin American background, she has been told “You don’t look Latina enough.” Mendes is Brazilian American and identifies as Latin American. She speaks Portuguese
“I really appreciate how these two cultures created who I am. I am a Brazilian of blood, with all the extended family of Brazilians, but I was born and raised in the United States. When I go to Brazil, I feel like an American, and in the United States, I always realize the traits that make me Brazilian.”— Camila Mendes, in an interview with People Magazine.
Mendes stated that she was “roofied and sexually assaulted” during her time at NYU, which inspired her to get a tattoo representing her commitment to build stability and safety for herself.
Mendes dated photographer and director Ian Wallace from 2013 to 2017. Mendes had begun dating Riverdale co-star Charles Melton by October 2018; they broke up by December 2019.
First TV Show
In 2016, she made her TV show debut in the role of Veronica Lodge on The CW series Riverdale.
Camila Mendes Favorite Things
Role Models – Blair Waldorf (Played by Leighton Meester) and Summer Roberts (Played by Rachel Bilson)
TV Shows – Gossip Girls (2007-2012) and The O.C. (2003-2007)
Camila Mendes Facts
She initially wasn’t interested in the role of Veronica as she felt they would be looking for white pin-up girl. But after learning that they were looking for a Latina for the role, she immediately called her agent to get her in the audition.
When she got the audition for her role in Riverdale, she was literally the last person they were going to see on the last day of the auditions. And, her agent had told her about the auditions just a day before.
She had to spend the whole winter break over agonizing whether she will get the role or not. For the final leg of the audition for Veronica, she had to give extensive screen tests with four other girls competing for her role.
Before she got her debut role in Riverdale, she had auditioned unsuccessfully for various roles for a year. Apparently, the problem was that she wasn’t as Latina as the roles demanded.
When she was 10 years old, she spent a year in Brazil with her parents.
Along with English, she can fluently converse in Portuguese.
She has struggled with bulimia starting from her time in high school.
Camila looks up to Rihanna for body positivity.