Camila attended last night Marie Claire’s ‘Fresh Faces’ Celebration, along with her Riverdale co-stars Lili Reinhart and Madelaine Petsch and we’ve added photos from the event and photobooth to our gallery!
WATCH! MAGAZINE — In the new Archie comics-inspired series, Riverdale, actress Camila Mendes plays Veronica Lodge, a high school sophomore who moves to Riverdale from New York City. Mendes knows what it’s like to have to adjust to a new place; she grew up in Miami and recently relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, to film the show. “The vibes are different,” she says. “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.” Sound like a great place to warm up after a long winter? Watch! asked Mendes to share where she goes first when she visits her hot hometown.
EAT LIKE A FOODIE
I love Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill in midtown for brunch. It’s my go-to spot whenever I have friends visiting. It has a really cool atmosphere, but it’s never pretentious like some places in Miami. If you go there, you have to order the bacon-wrapped dates. I crave them constantly. For lunch, I love SushiSamba, a Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant on Lincoln Road. I’m Brazilian, and I love sushi, so the combination is a culinary dream come true for me. Or try a Cuban sandwich and a cafecito at a typical Cuban restaurant in Little Havana. For dinner, I highly recommend Bâoli. Make sure you ask for a courtyard table. Try the wagyu beef sliders, and the hamachi sashimi tacos.
HIT THE TOWN
My favorite bar in Miami is Lagniappe, a wine and cheese bar with live music and a really cozy outdoor area where they serve BBQ. That’s where you’ll find all the hipsters. I also love Bodega. It’s a taco bar that doubles as a speakeasy—just walk through the bathroom door and past the urinals. Great music, fun crowd and a pool table. And if you experience a case of the “drunchies,” you can always grab a delicious taco on your way out.
Another resident of Riverdale stops by the YH Studio, this time Camila Mendes, who portrays the iconic raven-haired beauty Veronica Lodge in The CW’s edgy take on the Archies comics! She reveals to us whether she’s an Archie or a Jughead in real life, plus we put her to the task of not only giving us her responses to “Riverdale Rapid Fire” but also giving her a chance to respond to her co-stars’ answers!
Camila Mendes and her Riverdale co-star KJ Apa are featured on the Spring issue of New York Moves and it’s fair to say that Camila looks absolutely beautiful in the photoshoot we have added to our gallery and you can check it out bellow! Scans have also been added, thanks to my friend Lauren from maggie-siff.com, and you can read the article bellow!
NEW YORK MOVES — Camila Mendes is living every 22-year-old’s fantasy. The recent NYU Tisch graduate graces the TV screen every week as vixen Veronica on the hit CW show Riverdale featuring characters from the iconic Archie comics. But really she gets to hang out with swoon-worthy K.J. Apa and Cole Sprouse. Not a bad first job.
Mendes luckily graduated a semester early from college, and after an “anxiety-ridden” casting process, she landed the lead role of sassy, complicated Veronica. “I lost a lot of sleep, shed a lot of tears,” Mendes joked. “It was very intense, but that is kind of what we sign up for when we decide to be actors.”
Just in its first season, Riverdale has already captured an entire millennial audience, filling the gap that Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl left, as Mendes explained. A dark spin on Archie comics, the show features a modern interpretation of redheaded Archie (Apa) torn between seemingly-innocent Betty (Lili Reinhart) and sensual Veronica, with his best friend Jughead (Cole Sprouse, unrecognizable from his Suite Life of Zach and Cody days) standing by—all while Riverdale investigates a teen murder. Definitely not as happy as the 50s comics.
As Riverdale grows and flourishes, so does Mendes. At first, the grueling television filming schedule was a stark change from the Tisch School of the Arts theatre screen-acting classes. “With theater you get like months of rehearsal time. And shooting a television show, you rehearse it two seconds before you shoot the thing!” Mendes said. “You really don’t have the luxury of preparation like you do in theatre.” But during the first season, Mendes adapted. “[It] was like a muscle I was building—like trusting yourself and being able to act quickly and make choices quickly.”
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