DO REVENGE Star Camila Mendes Covers InStyle Magazine

Posted on September 16, 2022

With ‘Riverdale’ in her rearview, the ‘Do Revenge’ star is ready to take on what’s next. Camila sat down with InStyle for its Fall issue to discuss the end of Riverdale, the friendships she’s made along the way, what’s next in her career and much more.





On what’s next: “I’m really looking forward to this next chapter of my life,” she says. “I know myself more now; I have a clearer sense of what I want for my career, for my personal life. Riverdale taught me so much, and what a blessing to be able to act every day. Not a lot of actors have that privilege.”

On being critical of her own work: “There were so many days on Riverdale where I came home being like, ‘I’m a fucking terrible actor. I did a terrible job on that scene today, I didn’t get to where I wanted to be.’” she says. “And then, the next day, I would show up and I’d be better, and I’d be like, ‘Oh my god, I’m so proud of the work I did today.’ You really get to see yourself [on a consistent network show] and there are lessons I’ve learned from that.”

On lack of visible representation around her: “I think I put myself in a box for so long, because I thought I had to. I’d look at the industry and I’d say, ‘What’s been done before?’ and almost start to convince myself that’s the only way to do it. But to be honest, being a Latina in this industry, there are not a lot of people I can look up to. It’s so limited, the amount of Latina actresses that we know — the household names. So, what mold am I trying to fit into? I’d rather just create my own.”

On leaving Riverdale: “Everyone’s always like, yeah, ‘Free the Riverdale actors’ or whatever, but I think ultimately, we’re all going to be sad when it’s over,” she says. “Any sort of creative artist seeks new challenges, and there’s a point in time when something ceases to be challenging. I think everyone’s just ready for that next chapter. It’s like we’re outgrowing the show in a way.”

On her friendship with Reinhart and Petsch: “They’re like my sisters — we’ve all seen parts of each other that no one else has seen,” she tells me, explaining that there’s no bond comparable to one made on a long-running TV series. “It’s like family — you don’t choose them. Maybe these aren’t people that I would’ve been friends with had I just met them once at a party, but we’re bonded by this experience. I fought with every one of these girls. We’ve had drama, we’ve had disagreements, we’ve cried, we’ve made up. We’ve been through a lot together and we’ve leaned on each other in those moments.”… (She insists that their joint TikTok account will continue to be active. “@blondebrunetteredhead will not die. I will not let it die.”)


[Photo Credit: Rosaline Shahnavaz for Style Magazine]

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