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Mendes in 2019
Camila Carraro Mendes

(1994-06-29) June 29, 1994 (age 29)
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2016–present

Camila Carraro Mendes (/kəˈmlə ˈmɛndɛz/; Brazilian Portuguese: [mẽˈdʒis]; born June 29, 1994) is an American actress. She made her debut portraying Veronica Lodge on The CW teen drama series Riverdale (2017–2023), for which she won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Scene Stealer in 2017. She has appeared in the romantic comedy The New Romantic (2018), the Netflix original films The Perfect Date (2019), Dangerous Lies (2020), and Do Revenge (2022), as well as the critically acclaimed Hulu sci-fi comedy Palm Springs (2020).

Early life

Mendes was born on June 29, 1994, in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Brazilian parents. Her father, Victor Mendes, is a business executive and her mother, Gisele Carraro, is a flight attendant. She has an older sister. Shortly after her birth, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, then back to Virginia, and then to Orlando, Florida. Due to her father's job and later, her parents' divorce, she moved 16 times growing up, but mainly lived in Florida. At the age of 10, she lived in Brasília, Brazil, for a year. Mendes attended the Fine Arts program at the American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida, graduating in 2012. In May 2016, Mendes graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. While there, she also became friends with singer Maggie Rogers.


Mendes' first acting job was a commercial for IKEA. In 2016, Mendes was cast as "silver-tongued high school sophomore" Veronica Lodge in The CW's teen drama series Riverdale, a subversive take on the Archie Comics. Mendes was represented by the Carson Kolker Organization, later changing to CAA. She appeared on the cover of Women's Health in December 2017 and Cosmopolitan in February 2018.

Mendes made her feature film debut as Morgan in The New Romantic, which premiered at the SXSW Festival in March 2018. In the same month, Mendes joined the cast of the romantic comedy The Perfect Date alongside Laura Marano and Matt Walsh. The film was released on Netflix on April 12, 2019. In 2019, the film Coyote Lake premiered, in which Mendes is the lead. In 2020 she appeared in the critically acclaimed sci-fi/comedy Palm Springs, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released that July on Hulu. She subsequently headlined the Netflix thriller film Dangerous Lies, released that same year.

Personal life

When auditioning for characters of Latin American background, she has been told "You don't look Latina enough." Mendes is Brazilian American and identifies as Latin American. She speaks Portuguese.


Mendes dated photographer and director Ian Wallace from 2013 to 2017. Mendes had begun dating Riverdale co-star Charles Melton by October 2018; they broke up by December 2019. In 2023, she revealed that she was dating actor and internet personality Rudy Mancuso.


Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 The New Romantic Morgan
2019 The Perfect Date Shelby Pace Netflix film
Coyote Lake Ester
2020 Palm Springs Tala
Dangerous Lies Katie Franklin Netflix film
2022 Do Revenge Drea Torres Netflix film
TBA Música Unknown Post-production; also executive producer
Upgraded Ana


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017–2023 Riverdale Veronica Lodge Main role
2020 Day by Day Grace Voice; Episode: "Fallin' Rain"
The Simpsons Tessa Rose Voice; Episode: "The Hateful Eight-Year-Olds"
Dear Class of 2020 Herself Television special
Celebrity Substitute Herself Web series
2021–present Fairfax Melody Voice; Main role

Music videos

Year Title Artist(s) Role Ref.
2018 "Give a Little" Maggie Rogers Dancer
"Side Effects" The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren Riley

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Scene Stealer Riverdale Won
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss (with KJ Apa) Nominated
People's Choice Awards Female TV Star of 2018 Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Drama Nominated
Choice TV Ship (with KJ Apa) Nominated
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Drama Nominated

See also

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