DAINTY DEBUTANTE. As Archie Comics returns to television, Camila Mendes takes her first steps into the world of acting with “Riverdale”
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Does the name Archie Comics ring any bells for you? Well, you might have at least watched “The Archie Show” cartoons (and got its ridiculously catchy theme song stuck in your head) as a kid, or maybe you’ve laughed at a frame from the comics posted on Facebook or shared on Instagram. This year, however, marks the comic’s TV debut (for the 2010s, that is) with “Riverdale.” And playing as the sharp, witty and sophisticated Veronica Lodge is the lovely Camila Mendes in her acting debut.
A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Mendes went through a long, arduous and nerve-wracking selection process before finally being cast as the famously silver-tongued brunette. Speaking of which, she has quite a tale to tell.
DA MAN: Hi, Camila. Awesome to have you with us. So, the first episodes of “Riverdale” have just started airing. How excited are you?
Camila Mendes: It’s so surreal. I started auditioning for this role in November of 2015. We’ve been working on this project for so long, living in our own little “Riverdale” bubble, and here we are in 2017, about to burst that bubble and share all that hard work with the world. This is a very exciting time.
DA MAN: Can you give us a short explanation of what “Riverdale” is all about? Especially for our readers who might not be familiar with Archie Comics.
Camila Mendes: So, “Riverdale” is a dark and moody drama based on the characters of Archie Comics. It’s about the people that live in this fictional, small town called Riverdale and how they discover unexpected truths that lie underneath its seemingly wholesome surface. In season one, there’s a murder mystery in which everybody in the town somehow plays a part.
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DA MAN: What, would you say, is the number-one reason to watch “Riverdale”?
Camila Mendes: Aside from being downright entertaining, it’s a visually stunning show with an incredibly talented cast. You will fall in love with these characters.
DA MAN: “Riverdale” is your acting debut, right? Was it anything like how you used to imagine it would be?
Camila Mendes: Technically, my breakout performance was as Sister #1 in an IKEA commercial. But, yes, this is my very first role, and I honestly never imagined my debut would be playing something so historical and iconic. I thought that, if anything, I would start off with a small role in a “Law & Order” episode, as many actors do, and work my way up from there. I have absolutely no credits outside of “Riverdale,” so I really lucked out with landing this role. I still can’t believe it.