24 February 2017   by

On the Riverdale set in Vancouver, Cole Sprouse hints to AccessHollywood.com about what fans will see for his character, Jughead Jones, after Episode 4 gave viewers a window into Juggie’s family life. Then, Camila Mendes talks about how her character, Veronica, is taking the news that her father, Hiram Lodge, worked with the Southside Serpents to lower the price of the drive-in land! Riverdale airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.

23 February 2017   by

GLAMOUR — Riverdale star Camila Mendes is a newcomer by Hollywood standards—she only recently graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her role as complicated, formerly rich girl Veronica Lodge is her first ever—but the Miami native has the confidence and insight of a well-seasoned vet.

Those traits have helped her settle in just fine on the Riverdale set in Vancouver, especially with her on-screen mother, actress Marisol Nicholes (who plays Hermione Lodge). “I love her to death,” Nichols gushed to me. “She’s my favorite. I think I can say that since she does play my daughter! She’s dynamite; she’s amazing. We get along very, very well. We truly do. Thank God!”

Viewers have fallen in love with Mendes as well, and not just because her version of Veronica is so much more than the spoiled heiress portrayed in the Archie Comics. Mendes brings an authenticity to the role that could have easily been one note. It’s something the actress applies in real life, too. She’s quick to point out that she’s more than her upbringing, more than the color of her skin, and definitely more than old-fashioned stereotypes. And, best of all, she has no problem being vocal about it. Here’s why.

Glamour: You’ve said you have never felt so confident about a character. Tell me why.

Camila Mendes: I had been auditioning for about a year, and a lot of the roles I went out for didn’t feel…you kind of know, as an actor, when you get a script, if you’re like “Can I actually play this? Is a casting director going to put me in this role? I’m not going to play this. I wouldn’t cast me as this.” You go out for it anyway because you want to get the exposure, and you want people to see you and feel like you’re doing something with your life. [Laughs] 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. I grew up watching Gossip Girl and The O.C., and I looked up to Blair Waldorf and Summer Roberts.

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21 February 2017   by

Welcome to 60 Seconds With… where you get to know your favorite actors/musicians and the points don’t matter! Without further ado, please welcome, a big part of the Riverdale cast: Camila Mendes, KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart.