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'Fame is fleeting': Camila Mendes talks career 'anxiety' ahead of Riverdale's final season


Camila Mendes opened up about struggling with career anxiety and navigating fame in the latest cover story in NET-A-PORTER’s digital title, PORTER. 

Fresh off the heels of her new dark comedy Do Revenge, which was an immediate hit with Netflix viewers upon its September release, the actress, 28, explained her need to keep a packed schedule as she gears ‘up for the next chapter’ of her life.

‘I don’t keep myself busy because I don’t like being idle; I keep myself busy because I have anxiety about my career,’ she confessed.

Getting vulnerable: Camila Mendes opened up about struggling with career anxiety and navigating fame in the latest cover story in NET-A-PORTER's digital title, PORTER

Getting vulnerable: Camila Mendes opened up about struggling with career anxiety and navigating fame in the latest cover story in NET-A-PORTER’s digital title, PORTER

The Teen Choice Award winner, who has starred on The CW’s Riverdale as Veronica Lodge since 2017, continued:  ‘I’ve always been in that frame of mind. I understand that this industry is so fickle. Fame is fleeting. You can be successful, but you’re only as good as your last thing.’

As she prepares for the end of her beloved teen drama with its seventh season airing next year, Mendes described the show as the place she feels ‘grounded and chill.’

‘It’s like a comfort blanket – it’s my safety net,’ the Dangerous Lies star reflected. ‘It’s where I feel at home. It’s gonna be weird to not have that anchoring anymore.’

Looking forward: Fresh off the heels of her new dark comedy Do Revenge, which was an immediate hit with Netflix viewers upon its September release, the actress, 28, explained her need to keep a packed schedule as she gears 'up for the next chapter' of her life

Looking forward: Fresh off the heels of her new dark comedy Do Revenge, which was an immediate hit with Netflix viewers upon its September release, the actress, 28, explained her need to keep a packed schedule as she gears ‘up for the next chapter’ of her life

'I don't keep myself busy because I don't like being idle; I keep myself busy because I have anxiety about my career,' she confessed.

‘I don’t keep myself busy because I don’t like being idle; I keep myself busy because I have anxiety about my career,’ she confessed.

Her attachment to the series, which made her a household name, is only natural as she landed it while still a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2016.

And since 2017, she has spent 10 months of each year shooting the supernatural drama, based on the Archie Comics franchise, in Vancouver, Canada. 

The Palm Springs actress, who was born in Virginia and raised in Florida, went on to admit that she ‘would much rather live a life that was totally anonymous.’

Prepared for it all: The Teen Choice Award winner, who has starred on Riverdale since 2017, continued: 'I've always been in that frame of mind. I understand that this industry is so fickle. Fame is fleeting. You can be successful, but you're only as good as your last thing'

Prepared for it all: The Teen Choice Award winner, who has starred on Riverdale since 2017, continued: ‘I’ve always been in that frame of mind. I understand that this industry is so fickle. Fame is fleeting. You can be successful, but you’re only as good as your last thing’

‘I think fame is incredibly distracting,’ she expounded, before diving into her opinions on social media.

Mendes, who has more than 27.2 million Instagram followers, said it ‘feels like everyone’s competing for attention’ online. 

‘There’s this real fear that, if you’re not relevant, if you’re not being talked about for something, then you’ll be forgotten and you won’t get work,’ she said. ‘That’s the only value fame adds to my life. Is this somehow directly relating to me booking a job? Because if it is, then I do care about it.’

Grateful: As she prepares for the end of her beloved teen drama with its seventh season airing next year, Mendes described the show as the place she feels 'grounded and chill'

Grateful: As she prepares for the end of her beloved teen drama with its seventh season airing next year, Mendes described the show as the place she feels ‘grounded and chill’

She added: ‘If I woke up tomorrow and all my followers were gone, I’m sure it would drive me insane; I’d probably go into a full spiral. That’s the unhealthy thing about it. It would threaten my career and my livelihood, which is crazy. We’re expected to be so much more than actors now. We are content creators. We are influencers. It’s like you’ve got to be everything.’

Mendes went on to say she hates how social media ‘forces’ users to have a ‘brand.’ 

Despite any challenges, she has managed to step away from her role on Riverdale and continue to show off her acting chops in various other projects this year.  

Pressures of fame: The Palm Springs actress, who was born in Virginia and raised in Florida, went on to admit that she 'would much rather live a life that was totally anonymous'

Pressures of fame: The Palm Springs actress, who was born in Virginia and raised in Florida, went on to admit that she ‘would much rather live a life that was totally anonymous’

While speaking about her part in Do Revenge, Mendes gushed that she ‘never played a character with so much depth and range.’  

‘I felt like I did not have opportunities before then to really, like, act,’ she said. ‘That’s not to say Riverdale hasn’t given me opportunities to do that, but Do Revenge broadened the audience a little bit.

She continued: ‘It felt nice to play an unlikeable character, and the idea of revenge is something I’ve been so interested in. I can relate to the feeling of wanting to get back at those who have hurt you.’

Valid fear: Still, the actress admitted: 'If I woke up tomorrow and all my followers were gone, I'm sure it would drive me insane; I'd probably go into a full spiral'

Valid fear: Still, the actress admitted: ‘If I woke up tomorrow and all my followers were gone, I’m sure it would drive me insane; I’d probably go into a full spiral’

Proud: While speaking about her part in Do Revenge, Mendes gushed that she 'never played a character with so much depth and range'

Proud: While speaking about her part in Do Revenge, Mendes gushed that she ‘never played a character with so much depth and range’

‘After the project wrapped, I ended up experiencing something that brought me closer to the story,’ she said. ‘It was something that left me in a lot of pain. The film is so relatable – not just for me, but for anybody… Anybody knows what that feeling is like to be driven by anger and resentment, and how that eats away at your soul over time, to the point that you have to find a way to release it.’

When asked how she manages to push through that kind of emotion and rage, the star answered: ‘Therapy.’  

‘I think the only way to overcome those feelings is to accept them and allow yourself to feel them,’ she explained. ‘What got in my way was trying to act like I wasn’t angry. People look at anger through a negative lens. Violence is unhealthy, but anger is healthy. Anger is just pent-up energy, so I do a lot of circuit training to expel the energy that it brings.’

End of an era: Since 2017, she has spent 10 months of each year shooting the supernatural drama, Riverdale, based on the Archie Comics franchise, in Vancouver, Canada; seen above in character as Veronica Lodge

End of an era: Since 2017, she has spent 10 months of each year shooting the supernatural drama, Riverdale, based on the Archie Comics franchise, in Vancouver, Canada; seen above in character as Veronica Lodge

Latest role: Mendes is pictured on the right as Drea Torres in Do Revenge

Latest role: Mendes is pictured on the right as Drea Torres in Do Revenge

During her photo shoot for PORTER, the beauty wore various different looks, including a semi-sheer black blouse with a lace bodice and jeans as well as a leopard coat.

As she posed around Los Angeles, Mendes stopped for a sweet treat at Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, California, known for its giant doughnut sign on the roof. 

In images at the bakery, she wore a dark brown trench and smiled before taking a bite into a donut with the drive-up restaurant behind her.

To see the full feature with Camila Mendes read PORTER and/or download the NET-A-PORTER app for iPhone, iPad and Android.

''It felt nice to play an unlikeable character, and the idea of revenge is something I've been so interested in. I can relate to the feeling of wanting to get back at those who have hurt you,' she told PORTER (seen in 2022)

”It felt nice to play an unlikeable character, and the idea of revenge is something I’ve been so interested in. I can relate to the feeling of wanting to get back at those who have hurt you,’ she told PORTER (seen in 2022)

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