This beautiful Brazilian is the newest star of the CW's Riverdale which is based off of the Archie comics from the '50's. She plays the fiery Veronica Lodge who is the "new girl" not taking anyone's crap. In addition to bossing up the fictional town of Riverdale...Mendes is making waves for portraying the traditionally white figurehead as a Latina. She even revealed when casting the role producers wanted a multicultural actress. In her recent interview with Coveteur, she describes the audition process and how she was happy to play an American Latina versus the "underprivelged and urban" stereotype many TV shows perpetuate.
She's fiercely talented and brings a wonderful Latina flavor to the show that I find engaging and refreshing- even for a show dedicated to a teenage audience. Here's to my Sheroe this week!