RIVERDALE star Camila Mendes has opened up about being drugged and sexually assaulted at university.
The 25-year-old actress – best known for playing Veronica Lodge on the teen drama series – revealed she was “roofied” while studying at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Camila has bravely revealed how she was drugged and sexually assaulted at uni[/caption]
During an interview with Women’s Health, Camilla spoke openly about the significance behind a tattoo on her rib cage.
She explained how the wording “to build a home” was linked to her “uprooted” childhood after moving on several occasions, as well as linking to the sexual assault.
“I got the tattoo after my freshman year,” the TV star said. “I had a very, very bad experience. I was roofied by someone who sexually assaulted me.”
Following the incident, Camilla revealed she puts her “body first” to get through tough situations.
The 25-year-old star was studying at New York University at the time of the attack[/caption]
Camila, who is dating co-star Charles Melton, explained the significance behind her tattoo during the interview[/caption]
She will return as Veronica in Riverdale next month[/caption]
She added: “Whenever I feel like I’m going through something difficult, I think about what I can do physically for myself.
“People sometimes put working out first and don’t give their bodies rest. I’ll always choose sleep first. I think it’s just so underrated.”
Camilla will return as Veronica in Riverdale series four next month. The show concluded its third series in May.
The forthcoming story line will be heavily centred around the death of Luke Perry, who was played by Fred Andrews in the teen drama.
The show, which is under the CW Network umbrella, concluded its third series in May[/caption]
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Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa made the revelation to Vanity Fair.
He told the mag: “We thought that rather than try to squeeze something in [season three], we would let the season play out and then really do it justice and honour both Luke and Fred at the beginning of season four.”
He added: “It absolutely is informing and changing what we’re doing in Season 4. Especially in terms of Archie’s story but really in the overall tone of the show.”
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