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Overview (4)

Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Birth NameCamila Carraro Mendes
Nickname Cami
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Camila Mendes was born on June 29, 1994 in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA as Camila Carraro Mendes. She is an actress, known for Riverdale (2017), Palm Springs (2020) and Dangerous Lies (2020).

Trivia (7)

Speaks Portuguese fluently.
She had to dye her hair darker to play Veronica Lodge on Riverdale (2017).
Riverdale (2017) was her first acting job.
Her parents moved from Brazil to the U.S., and Camila lived in Brazil for a year when she was ten.
Attended New York University at the same time as her Riverdale (2017) co-star, Cole Sprouse, although they did not know each other at school.
Has struggled with Bullimia.
Booked her role on "Riverdale" while still a student at New York University's Tisch School of Arts. She graduated in May of 2016.

Personal Quotes (46)

Everyone's bodies are different, and we all have different shapes, but it has nothing to do with who you are.
It took living alone for me to really get to know myself.
For me, being an 'American Latina' means identifying with and being influenced by both my American upbringing and my Latin heritage, and I have so much appreciation for how those two cultures have created who I am.
I connect with my culture through my family. I speak Portuguese to my parents so that I can practice. I stay engaged with my extended family through a lively group chat on WhatsApp. That sense of community and family is the heart of Brazilian culture, and staying engaged with my family is what keeps me connected.
Invest in a trainer. You see the progress so quickly, and you push yourself in new ways.
It's fine to eat dessert when I want to eat dessert because that will give me the peace of mind I need. I'll know that if I ate chocolate cake, maybe I won't the next day.
I've always struggled with having frizzy hair, and it doesn't really cooperate the way I want it to.
I think from going to fittings once a week and having to look in the mirror for two hours, I feel like I built a intuition for what's gonna work and what isn't, and I noticed how important tailoring is, especially being a more petite body type.
I use my hair as a tool for portraying characters. When I'm auditioning for a role, when I'm putting myself on tape for something, I always consider what the hairstyle is going to be because it changes the way people perceive me.
A good listener goes a long way.
If I could go back to before I started 'Riverdale,' I would tell myself to speak up when I felt like something wasn't right - to use my voice and know that it's worth hearing.
I rewatched 'The O.C.,' like, seven times!
I spent a lot of my adolescence in Miami, where it was super humid, and my hair would get super frizzy, and my waves weren't really consistent or pretty.
Because I get my hair styled in so many different ways, when I get the chance to be natural and just me as a person and not an actress, I like to have a stable, consistent look that reminds me that I'm me.
I was really obsessed with dieting.
I know what it's like to be the new girl.
It's easy to think you have to fit some kind of mold.
If you're going to become a better person, do it in high school.
My hair has always been a definitive part of my personal style, so I love being part of a campaign that celebrates hair as a form of expression.
I often hear things like, 'You don't look Latina enough,' and that mentality is so backwards. The fact is, I am Latina, so how are you going to tell me that I don't look Latina?
My perfect day would be spent poolside with some friends.
It's rare that you see Latin families being portrayed as intelligent, sophisticated, and powerful entities.
When I go to Brazil, I feel like an American, and in the U.S., I always notice the traits that make me Brazilian.
Miami can be super-kitschy at times, and it's fun to embrace that.
I have so much appreciation for how those two cultures [Brazilian and American] have created who I am. I'm a full-blooded Brazilian, with an entire extended family of Brazilians, but I was born and raised in the U.S.
People know what I look like. I take photos on my own, and I don't edit them, so people know.
I spent a lot of my childhood moving around, so I was constantly adjusting to different environments and finding a new identity.
Vancouver is more laid-back, pretty much what you would expect from a West Coast city. Miami is definitely livelier - the nightlife, the people, everything. It's basically a little slice of Latin America.
I feel like I know I have enough friends who support me through those times. Like, I'll call a friend and be like, 'I really don't feel good about what I ate today,' and she'll be like, 'Dude, it's fine.'
I've learned to trust myself that I'm going to make healthy choices because I care about my health.
I grew up watching 'Gossip Girl' and 'The O.C.,' and I looked up to Blair Waldorf and Summer Roberts.
In high school, I was friends with everybody. I had my core group of friends, but I could flow through different social groups pretty easily.
I'm American; I was born and raised in America, and I don't want to fake who I am to fit a stereotype.
I'm a Brazilian - full blood, parents born and raised, and I lived there for a little bit - but I didn't grow up there.
Bullies have a soft spot, and mean girls have a reason to be that way. It's a matter of understanding why a person is the way they are.
It was tragic every single time my mom told me we were moving. I would always envy my friends who had grown up in the same house their entire life, and they had markings on the wall of 'me at five years old' and all that. It made me so sad. I wished I'd had that.
I like communicating and being open and committing. That, for me, has always been something that I like to do.
I've always looked up to Nicole Kidman. I think she's an elegant and talented actress. You can tell how much she commits to her characters, and I admire that.
I love bossa nova. It's the most beautiful genre of music in the world.
If I were to be a role model, it would just come out of going the college route, getting training, and trusting that's the most secure path you can take - a path where a degree is involved. You know you went to college, and you have that under your belt.
I'm not more Brazilian than I am American or vice-versa - I'm very much a combination of all of those things.
Rachel Bilson, Nicole Richie, Vanessa Hudgens... so many of my idols growing up were Bongo girls.
My sister would write plays, and I would act in them and perform them for my parents. They were on the comedy side, very much inspired by 'The Amanda Show.'
At an early age, somehow we're programmed to view other females as threats.
In any job you do, you're going to have off days.
In high school, I always had boyfriends - it wasn't healthy! I was so used to having someone around that when I was finally on my own, it felt scary.

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