Take one glimpse at her signature jet black hair and seemingly unwavering confidence, and it’s hard to imagine anyone besides Camila Mendes playing Veronica Lodge on Riverdale, the hit soapy teen drama that just wrapped its second season on The CW. So hard, in fact, that its almost laughable at this point that the role almost went to someone else.
“I had the most harrowing audition process,” Mendes said, sitting in hair and makeup in a Chinatown hotel suite, about to walk to a nearby skate park. “They were like, ‘You’re our top choice, but we want to open up a new search, and we want someone that can compete with you,’” she went on. “I lost sleep, I was crying every night because it felt like I was so close to something that could be big, and like my life and career changing, but in the end it all worked out.”
To say it “worked out” for the 23-year-old actress is something of an understatement. In what may seem like the blink of an eye, Mendes went from normal college student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts to the forefront of an international teen culture sensation. “It’s crazy to me that people all over the world from all walks of life can find a reason to watch it,” Mendes said. Take this anecdote, for example: While working on a film in Texas just a few months ago, Mendes was approached at a local whiskey bar by someone exclaiming, “Hey! You’re that girl from Riverdale!” The culprit? A 40-something man. Talk about cultural reach.
But though she might be most recognizable as the polished Veronica Lodge, Mendes in real life is starkly different from the character she plays on television—case in point, today she arrived for her photo shoot in a T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers; Veronica would never! “I like clothes that I can move in and feel good in,” she explained. But the two do share some common ground, naturally. “I relate to Veronica in that aspect of being the new girl because I felt like I was the new girl a lot,” Mendes said, acknowledging that Veronica’s arrival at Riverdale High—where she was swiftly labeled an outsider before being adopted into the gang’s inner circle—hit close to home. “But I’m so glad that I was because I feel like now I’m so good at meeting people. I feel comfortable in pretty much any situation, and what better quality to have in an industry like this?”
Camila Mendes attends the premiere of ‘The New Romantic’ during SXSW at Stateside Theater on March 11, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Check out all the photos and the videos!!!
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Camila was photographed by Kathryn Wirsing for the Harper’s Bazaar! I added the shoot to our gallery, and also i added the video of camila impressions videos of internet, plus you can read Rowan’ interview for the magazine below!
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Camila Mendes knows some Riverdale fans will be furious after tonight’s episode.
The show returns tonight after a month-long hiatus with its “core four”—couples Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse), and Archie (KJ Apa) and Veronica (Mendes)—packing for a “romantic getaway” at the Lodge family lake house, per a recommendation from Veronica’s scheming father, Hiram (Mark Consuelos). The night ends in murder—as it so often does in Riverdale—but that’s not even the most controversial part of the episode.
“I read that, and I was like, ‘Oh, God, I’m not even gonna look at my Twitter that day. I’m just going to turn it off,’” Mendes says with a laugh, after I ask her about the steamy Veronica-Bughead hot tub kiss midway through the episode. Riverdale fans take their favorite couples very seriously, and the #Bughead and #Varchie fandoms nearly exploded when show-runner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teased the moment with a photo last week.
But the two sacred couples remain intact at the end of the episode, since the shocking moment was merely payback for a rebound kiss between Betty and Archie earlier in the season, after each couple had broken up. “The show does a good job of riling up the fans,” admits the 23-year-old. “That is kind of the charm of our show.” And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, she points out: “It just shows how passionate the fans are, and how firmly they believe in their ship.”
But even though each ship has safely navigated dangerous waters for the time being, Veronica’s future is far murkier. We’ve watched her struggle with her father’s growing corrupt influence in Riverdale, and as of tonight’s episode, he now owns half of it. “She’s trying to stay one foot in the world of good and one foot in the world of evil so that she can find a middle ground and try to constantly find compromise,” Mendes says of Veronica’s internal conflict. “But the more she plays with that, the deeper she gets into it, and she gets more sucked into the family business. And now she’s kind of stuck—there’s no getting out of it.”
Even Veronica doesn’t know the full extent of her boyfriend’s work with Hiram—like Archie witnessing Hiram’s henchman killing a home intruder in the final moments of tonight’s episode. But Mendes promises we’ll see Veronica and Archie grapple with these secrets in coming episodes: “They will be digging even deeper into that storyline.”