Season 3 of Riverdale just premiered on the CW, and star Camila Mendes — who plays Veronica Lodge — says that it will be a heartbreaking one for her character. She has already disowned her father and watched as her boyfriend pleaded guilty to a murder he didn’t commit, but that is just the beginning of Veronica’s downhill slide.
Veronica started the current season learning how to run Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe after she traded the White Wyrm for the deed. And, Mendes says that it is exciting for her to take on an entrepreneurial role.
“She’s a boss and running her own business, but I think she’s going to be super challenged by the compromises she realizes she has to make in order to thrive,” Mendes told Teen Vogue.
She went on to explain that during Season 2, Veronica criticized her dad for the choices he made and the way he ran his business. So, this season, she is doing her best to stay legitimate and do things the right and honorable way. However, her circumstances challenge her and put her to the test, and she will have to make some compromises.
Mendes says that both relationships between Veronica and her mom, Hermione (Marisol Nichols), and Veronica and her dad, Hiram (Mark Consuelos) “are heartbreaking.” Mendes revealed that she and Nichols have talked about the subtext in their scenes together, and they often ask if they are allies or enemies.
She says that she thinks Veronica desperately wants her mom to get away from her dad and support her daughter in her fight against him. But, her mom is afraid and finds it difficult to do that.
As for Veronica’s relationship with her dad, the question is if Veronica is just like him or not. The two characters constantly butt heads, but they also have admiration and extreme respect for each other. Mendes says that Veronica secretly wants to prove herself to her dad, but at the same time she wants to break away from him.
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On the flipside, Hiram wants to tame Veronica and get her back in line and under his control. However, he also loves that his daughter is so independent. Mendes says that there is duality in both Veronica’s relationship with her father, as well as her relationship with her mother. And, in Season 3 they will be tapping into that more.
During Season 3, Camila Mendes says that Veronica goes to great lengths to protect the people she loves, especially Archie. But, her obsession with control eventually gets the best of her. She realizes that she can’t control everything, and things are just going to happen. But, what is surprising this season is that Veronica is more willing to play dirty.
New episodes of Riverdale air Wednesday nights on The CW.