Name: Camila Carraro Mendes Born: June 29, 1994 in Charlottesville, Virginia Mendes was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Brazilian parents, Victor and Gisele Mendes. Her ancestors are of Portuguese and Italian descent. Mendes was raised in Miami, Florida. She has one older sister. Her mother is from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, while her father is from Brasília, Federal District. She moved many times but spent most of her childhood in Florida, where she attended American Heritage School, in Plantation. At the age of 10, she lived in Brazil for a year. On May, 2016, Mendes graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Her first acting job was in a commercial for IKEA. In 2016, Mendes was cast as "silver-tongued high school sophomore" Veronica Lodge in The CW's new teen drama Riverdale, a subversive take on the Archie comics. Mendes was represented by the Carson Kolker Organization, later changing to CAA.