Camila Mendes – American Actress

by Kristine Bigcas

Camila Mendes is the famous Veronica Lodge of the TV adaptation of the comics Archie that is titled Riverdale. She just recently joined the entertainment industry. Her role in Riverdale is her debut to the industry. She is handled and managed by Carson Kolker Organization or now known as Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

Early Life

She was born  Camila Carraro Mendes on June 29, 1994. Although coming from Brazilian roots, she Camila was born in Charlottesville in Virginia, USA and raised in different American states. She has only lived in Brazil for a year when she was ten years old and spent most of her childhood in Florida, USA. She can speak both English and Portuguese fluently.

Camila attended American Heritage School in Plantation, South Florida before moving to New York for her college degree. She took up Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts at the Tisch School of Fine Arts at New York University. For two semester worth, she enrolled in the activities of the Stonestreet Film Acting Conservatory.

Family

So far, Camila has not disclosed details about her parents nor her childhood except that she has moved sixteen times when she was younger before they settled when she was 12 years old.  The only information known about her parents is that they were born and raised in Brazil. Unlike her mother who is Portugues-speaking, her father is an English speaker.

Kiara Moreno is the name of her older sister. Pictures of them when they were younger can be seen on her Instagram posts. On July 07, 2017, Camila posted about her grandmother or in Portuguese translation, Vovo. In her Instagram post, she shared that her grandmother passed away after losing her battle against the degenerative disease Alzheimer’s.

She shared a photo of her grandma back in the days with her and her sister. She captioned the photo “lost an incredible woman to Alzheimer’s today. RIP Vovó Dalu. when I was little I thought her name was Vovó da Lua, which means ‘grandmother of the moon,’ and as I got older, I never stopped calling her that 🌔 the moon has been known to symbolize the cycle of life, and her passing is a heartfelt reminder of that cycle. she will always be my role model: a pillar of feminine strength, my grandmother of the moon❤️”

Relationship

Camila prefers to keep her relationship private, too. However, in September 2016, she took to Instagram again her anniversary greeting to her boyfriend. She greeted him saying “Three Years with this charmer. Grateful for the endless inspiration and unconditional love that you give me. I love you so much, Ian Wallace, and I am lucky to fully experience just how rare and special you are. Happy Anniversary, love.” Ian Wallace is a blossoming director.

Career

Veronica Lodge is the first character she has ever played on television or on theatrical film. She first auditioned to be Jennifer Lopez’s daughter in the 2016 TV series Shades of Blue but eventually lost the role to Sarah Jeffery. She initially declined to play the role of Veronica but took an interest when the producer had informed her Betty would be a Latina girl. She then called her agent immediately so she could audition for the part. She was the last person who auditioned on the very last day. It took a while before she got the news if she had the role or not. In an interview, she described her experience: “Either my life was going to change and could transform into something I’ve always dreamed of, or it would just go about the way it was as if nothing ever happened.”

On her first day of shooting for the Netflix series, she was scared that her lack of experience would cause problems during the shoot. She narrated that “As a newcomer, your biggest fear is that your inexperience will somehow inconvenience everyone else.” But all her worries were lifted when she was complimented by one of the camera operators for being good in hitting her marks.

She also gave out some details about her character. Originally, her kiss with Betty was not meant to be romantic and that her character isn’t supposed to be bisexual. In an interview with TVLine, she told them “I think that was a way to get Cheryl’s attention. Veronica is a manipulative person. She just wanted to take hold of the situation. But that being said, it wouldn’t be out of the question for her to be bisexual, and maybe she is, and maybe that’s something that could be explored one day. But it’s not something we’ve really decided on.” She will be returning with the rest of the original cast for the second season of Riverdale. It is set to premiere on October 11, 2017, at 8 P.M. Its original schedule on CW which was 9 P.M. on Thursdays was taken by another series, Arrow. Nonetheless, a new and exciting plot is set promised to roll out when the second season starts airing.

Net Worth

She has over 550,000 Twitter followers and 2.9 million Instagram followers. Her total net worth after appearing on all thirteen episodes of Riverdale season one is estimated to be at $600,000 – $1,000,000.