Camila Mendes

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Camila Carraro Mendes was born June 29, 1994 and is an American actress, known for portraying Veronica Lodge on The CW teen drama television series Riverdale.

She was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Brazilian parents, Gisele and Victor Mendes. Her mother is from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, while her father is from Brasília. She moved 16 times growing up but spent most of her childhood in Florida, where she attended American Heritage School, in Plantation. At the age of 10, she lived in Brazil for a year.

In May 2016, Mendes graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, alongside her co-star Cole Sprouse. 

Mendes’ first acting job was in a commercial for IKEA. In 2016, Mendes was cast as Veronica Lodge in The CW’s teen drama series Riverdale, a subversive take on the Archie Comics.

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. 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.

In 2022, she was part of the cast of Do Revenge, an American teen black comedy film in which she plays the role of Drea Torres.

Mendes has stated she has suffered racial prejudice in Hollywood. She reports that when auditioning for characters with Latin American profiles, she was not considered Latina enough.

Mendes, who is American but the daughter of Brazilians, identifies herself as Latin American. She speaks Portuguese fluently, although she was raised in the United States.