Camila Mendes was born on June 29, 1994, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. She is an actress who started her career with the role of Veronica Lodge in the teenage drama series “Riverdale.” Mendes quickly became one of Hollywood’s favorite actresses since her role in “Riverdale.” Her millions of fans love her and voted her ‘Choice Scene Stealer’ at the 2017 Teens Choice Awards. Mendes has Brazilian ancestry, making her an iconic Latin American figure. Let’s celebrate this amazing young woman’s birthday.
Camila Carraro Mendes is an actress born in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the U.S. Her parents and the entire family are from Brazil. Her dad is a business executive and her mom is a flight attendant. Due to her parents’ jobs, Mendes moved a lot as a child but she mostly lived in Orlando, Florida. In 2012, the actress graduated from the Fine Arts program at the American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida. Mendes attended New York University Tisch School of the Arts and graduated in 2016. Her first acting job was for an IKEA commercial. The same year she graduated from university, Mendes was cast for the role that would change her life as an actress. Mendes got the role of Veronica Lodge in the internationally acclaimed teen drama series “Riverdale.”
In the series, Mendes worked with some talented young actors, including Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, and Madelaine Petsch. The show has a huge fanbase and it helped Mendes reach over 26 million Instagram followers. Mendes made her debut in the film industry in 2018 in the movie “The New Romantics.” The actress starred in two Netflix original movies; the teen romantic comedy “The Perfect Date” in 2019, and the thriller “Dangerous Lies” in 2020. That same year, Mendes appeared in the science-fiction romantic comedy movie “Palm Springs.” Mendes was on the cover of two famous magazines — “Women’s Health” and “Cosmopolitan.”
Mendes dated photographer and director Ian Wallace from 2013 to 2017. In October 2018, Mendes and her “Riverdale” co-star, Charles Melton, started dating. The couple broke up in December 2019. Mendes and Melton got back together in 2021 but they split again sometime later.
The actress graduates from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Mendes gets her first big acting role in the series “Riverdale.”
Mendes wins ‘Choice Scene Stealer’ at the Teens Choice Awards.
She features in the movie “The New Romantics.”
Why We Love Camila Mendes
She promotes body positivity
Mendes used to obsess about having the perfect figure. Today, as a young adult, she admitted to caring more about her health and her well-being than having “the perfect body.” She stopped dieting and started making sure she ate healthy food, drank enough water, and got enough sleep.
She is a Latin American icon
She is a role model to millions of Brazilian and Latin American fans. Mendes suffered from bullying as a kid because of her Brazilian ancestry. She often felt like an outsider but she managed to stay strong and make both the U.S. and Brazil her homes.
She breaks Latino stereotypes on T.V.
It's a reality that most Latino families we watch on T.V. are portrayed as drug dealers or as underprivileged. Mendes’ character on “Riverdale,” Veronica Lodge, belongs to a wealthy and sophisticated family. She is proud of portraying a character who breaks those kinds of stereotypes.
5 Surprising Facts
She lived in Brazil for a year
When she was 10 years old, her family moved to Brazil for one year.
She moved 16 times
Due to her parents' jobs, the Mendes family moved a total of 16 times.
She worked dressed as an elf
Mendes worked selling cotton candy at a park dressed as an elf.
She would like to play Betty
If she were to interpret another “Riverdale” character, it would be Betty.
She has a secret talent
Mendes’ secret talent is doing weird voices and cool impressions.
Camila Mendes FAQs
Is Camila Mendes on “The Vampire Diaries”?
No, she never had a role on that show. Mendes is usually mistaken for the actress Phoebe Tonkin.
Does Camila Mendes have a sister?
Yes, her sister’s name is Kiara Moreno.
Is Camila Mendes a dancer?
Mendes has a talent for dancing. She appeared as a backup dancer in the music video for Maggie Rogers’ song, ‘Give a Little,’ and in The Chainsmokers’ video for ‘Side Effects.’
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