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- Camila Mendes plays Veronica Lodge on “Riverdale.”
- She’s a Cancer.
- She went to NYU.
- Her first acting job was in an IKEA ad.
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“Riverdale” has been taking Netflix and the CW by storm and Camila Mendes, who plays heiress Veronica Lodge on the series, has become a superstar since arriving on screen.
But there are many things you might not know about the actress-including that before Riverdale, she had never landed a professional role.
We rounded up some fun facts about her.
She’s a Cancer
Mendes was born on June 29, 1994 in Charlottesville, Virginia. That makes her a Cancer in the zodiac-those born between June 21 – July 22.
She’s one of the shortest ‘Riverdale’ castmembers
She attended NYU for undergrad
She’s best friends with singer Maggie Rogers
Mendes and singer Maggie Rogers became friends during their first year at NYU. They found success around the same time; Pharrell noticed Rogers’ music just as Mendes was preparing to star in “Riverdale.”
Mendes studied at NYU at the same time at Cole Sprouse
Camila Mendes and Cole Sprouse studied at New York University at the same time and though she said she saw him at parties around campus, he told Office magazine he doesn’t remember her.
She’s fluent in Portuguese and once lived in Brazil
Mendes is fluent in Portuguese. She’s got plenty of practice; both of her parents are from Brazil, where she lived for a year when she was 10 years old.
Her first job was an IKEA ad
She moved 16 times growing up
Although Mendes grew up primarily in Plantation, Florida, she moved 16 different times growing up.
‘Riverdale’ was her first major acting role
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feels like I've been waiting for this day my entire life. working in the entertainment industry is already a privilege, so having had absolutely no experience prior to Riverdale, I can fully embrace just how rare and special this opportunity is. being trusted with the challenge to play Veronica has been the greatest privilege in my life thus far. Veronica has nuzzled her way into my being, and I hope she never leaves. ANYWAY let's cut the CHIT CHAT ????✂️watch the series premiere of #Riverdale tonight on the CW at 9/8c be there or be #square!! ◾️
She barely managed to get an audition spot for ‘Riverdale’
Mendes once discussed the difficult audition process for “Riverdale.” She was the very last person to audition for the role and spent weeks flying back and forth between New York and L.A. before being cast.
She once dressed up in a Napoleon Dynamite-inspired costume for Halloween
In 2018, Mendes and co-star Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper, did a “Napoleon Dynamite” couples costume for Halloween. Reinhart dressed as Napoleon, while Mendes was Pedro.
She had to dye her hair darker for ‘Riverdale’
In the Archie comics, Veronica Lodge is known for her long, dark locks. Despite Mendes’s already-dark hair, she had to go jet black for the “Riverdale” role.