Camila Mendes Embraces Brazilian American Roots With Música

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Following seven seasons and 137 episodes of Riverdale and successful roles in Netflix’s Do Revenge and Hulu’s Palm Springs, Camila Mendes set a new Hollywood goal for herself: to bring Brazilian American stories to screen. As a first-generation Brazilian American, Mendes knew that’s where she was eventually headed but didn’t quite have the when or how figured out yet—until Rudy Mancuso’s coming-of-age musical Música came into the picture and presented her with an exciting opportunity. “I was like, ‘Oh, he’s doing it. I want to be a part of it. I want to be a producer on this because I have so much more to offer than just my acting here,” Mendes tells us over Zoom.