Riverdale Star Camila Mendes on How to Relax and Be Productive at the Same Time

Before 24-year-old Camila Mendes was cast as sharp-tongued teen Veronica Lodge on the hit CW series Riverdale, she almost never experienced stress. Or at least the need to spend time alone and decompress just didn’t factor into the actress’s equation. Even throughout a childhood of moving all over the country, including spending a year of her life in Brazil, where her parents were from, her vivacious, extroverted personality type kept her head well above water.

It’s that outgoing nature that helped score Mendes not only her breakout TV role but also her position as a spokesperson for haircare brand John Frieda. (Though her dark, impossibly shiny hair probably didn't hurt, either.) “I’ve been a big John Frieda fan since I was in fifth grade because I had really frizzy hair growing up, and their Frizz-Ease serum has always been my go-to,” she told me over the phone.

Now that Mendes is in her mid-20s and starring on a smash-hit series—constantly traveling, shooting, and attending events with her Riverdale co-stars (she's become so close with Lili Reinhart that the two are actually living together while on break from filming)—that developing a de-stressing routine has become important for the first time in her life.

When presented with the opportunity to chat with Mendes, I was interested to hear about how a natural extrovert manages to balance her explosive professional and social life with the health of her mind, body, and skin. What I didn’t expect was to relate so profoundly to her insight and wisdom. Want to know Camila Mendes’s tips for relaxation, productivity, and the skincare secret she shares with Lili Reinhart? Keep scrolling to read our exclusive interview.