Riverdale star Camila Mendes came forward as a survivor of sexual assault in an interview with Women’s Health Magazine.
During an interview for the October issue of Women’s Health, Camila Mendes, who portrays Veronica Lodge on The CW’s Riverdale, discussed several topics including how she moved a lot during her childhood and creating a routine when she travels as a result. At one point, the conversation turned to a tattoo Camila Mendes got that says, “to build a home.”
The Riverdale star revealed that she got the tattoo during her freshman year at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Camila Mendes then explained that she was drugged with the date rape drug and sexually assaulted during her first year at college:
“I had a very, very bad experience. I was roofied by someone who sexually assaulted me.”
Camila Mendes did not divulge any more details about her attacker or the what happened, though the outlet writes that the tattoo reminds the Riverdale star “to strengthen both her sense of self and the environment around her.”
Here is a portion of the Riverdale season 3 synopsis:
The third season of RIVERDALE began at the end of summer vacation, with Archie’s trial for a murder he didn’t commit, orchestrated by Hiram Lodge, building to a shattering conclusion – Archie (KJ Apa) being sent to juvenile detention – even as a new threat reared its head in Riverdale: The Gargoyle King. A figure of myth inspired by the role-playing game Gryphons and Gargoyle, the Gargoyle King started claiming sacrificial victims, beginning with Dilton Doiley! As Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) investigated the deadly game’s origins (with their parents, twenty years earlier), Veronica (Camila Mendes) worked ceaselessly to get Archie out of juvie, where he was forced to bare-knuckle box for survival.
Riverdale stars KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle, Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz, Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones, Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper, and Luke Perry as Fred Andrews.
Riverdale season 4 is set to premiere on October 9, 2019.
Source: Women’s Health Magazine