Camila Mendes sat down with Glamour and talked her hit CW show, Rivedale. Based on the Archie Comics series, Camila plays the role of one of the series most iconic characters, Veronica.
In the interview, Camila dishes on playing Veronica, looking up to strong female characters, relating to her character, Archie and Veronica and so much more. Highlights can be found below.
On playing Veronica: “This role came along, and it was the perfect fit. Everything about it—I had her on the surface of who I am. [I also liked] the fact that she was Latina, and they weren’t trying to push any stereotype on her. She just was Latina, which is how I feel. 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.
I’m not as Latina as sometimes these castings demand you to be—this “urban” idea of what a Latina is. I’m American; I was born and raised in America, and I don’t want to fake who I am to fit a stereotype. This came along, and I felt like I didn’t have to try to be anything that I’m not. Obviously, I’m putting on a character but I’m not faking anything. I just felt really strongly about her.”
On Veronica and Archie: “There are so many sweet scenes. I feel like they’re exploring this darker side of Archie, and he’s dealing with the darkness of Riverdale. I think Veronica plays into that. She’s seen a darker world; she’s not from Riverdale. She’s seen some shit. She’s been through shit.
If anyone can help him through whatever he’s going through, it’s her. She’s kind of the strength in his life—or she’s stability. She can also recognize his…I think both of them are a little bit impulsive and a little bit unstable.”
You can read her full interview here. A new episode of Riverdale will air tonight, February 23 on the CW!