Camila Mendes Shines in the New TV Series “Riverdale” Based on Archie Comics

Jacket by Booker, top by Momotachi, panties by Gilligan & O’Malley

DA MAN: What was your biggest “hey, I got this” moment while filming the show?
Camila Mendes: I remember there was one point during the pilot episode where one of the camera operators told me that I’m really good at hitting my marks. And I took it as the biggest compliment! As a newcomer, your biggest fear is that your inexperience will somehow inconvenience everyone else. So, when he told me that, it was such a relief.

DA MAN: By the way, what was it that drew you to the world of acting in the first place?
Camila Mendes: Acting has always been a part of my personality. I was a very performative child. Not only did I act in a lot of school plays, but I was just generally a very hyper and goofy child, always putting on voices and pretending to be different people. My mom caught on to that pretty quickly, so when we moved to South Florida when I was about 12 or so, she enrolled me in a school that had a very strong theatre program, a school where people were given scholarships for their talent, and I think that’s when I started to get serious about acting. Everybody there was so talented, and the productions they put on were very professional. I think that’s what truly inspired me to pursue acting as a career.

“Technically, my breakout performance was as Sister #1 in an ikea commercial”

DA MAN: If you could share one random bit of advice for any aspiring actors or actresses out there, what would it be?
Camila Mendes: Be specific when you set your goals. Visualize the career that you want for yourself, what kind of roles you want to play, etc. If you’re specific about your vision, then it’s easier to clarify what steps you need to take in order to get where you want to be. And don’t allow yourself to get stuck in your comfort zone!

Outfit by Sherri Hill

Vest by The Order, swimsuit by Fox Swimwear, shoes by Zara

Photography Mitchell Nguyen McCormack
Styling Lauren LaRocca
Makeup Tracey Levy at Forward Artists using NARS Cosmetics
Hair Styling Sascha Breuer at Starworks Artists using Wella

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