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Camila Mendes Riverdale Veronica Lodge
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When you hear the name Veronica Lodge, you probably picture a girl wearing a tight, plaid dress and pearls, arching her dark eyebrows as she struts off to make some serious money moves, stilettos clacking behind her. And although she learns a lot from playing Veronica, Riverdale star Camila Mendes wants you to think of much more when you hear her name.

The 25-year-old actress catapulted into stardom when she landed the role of Veronica Lodge on cult-favorite teen drama Riverdale. Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard of the CW show based off of the Archie Comics: Mystery, romance, teen gangs, and high school drama make for an addictive series that has garnered an obsessed fanbase since the first season premiered less than three years ago. But with instant fame comes inevitable pigeonholing, which Mendes says the cast feels the weight of.

Although this fear weighs on much of the Riverdale cast, Mendes thinks it’s natural for actors on shows with cult followings to feel this way.

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Playing the role of Riverdale’s resident boss-lady has taught Mendes how to channel her inner boss lady, and says she admires Veronica’s fearlessness.

For Mendes, proving herself as an actor came with—no surprise here—lots and lots of auditions. While living in New York City and attending NYU Tisch School of the Arts (in the same graduating class as Riverdale costar Cole Sprouse, btw), she recalls running from audition to audition, sweating on the subway, and landing in rooms where nerves made her sweat even more.

During her final callback for Riverdale, Mendes still hadn’t found a deodorant that combated sweat well, but she had a trick up her sleeve to avoid those dreaded pit stains.

Although her paper-towel-whip-out-plan worked for this situation (and we have a feeling she would have landed the role, pit stains or not), Mendes still needed a reliable deodorant to keep her sweat under control during stressful situations.

That’s when Mendes started using deodorant brand Secret, and she’s never turned back. Now, the actress is partnering with Secret for their “All Strength, No Sweat” campaign, which encourages women of all industries to take pride in their power.

How does Mendes take pride in her own power on the daily? She leans on her strong community of friends and family—and that’s something she and Veronica Lodge definitely have in common.