‘Riverdale’: Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, and Madelaine Petsch Bonded Over Their Breakups

Riverdale stars Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, and Madelaine Petsch play good friends on The CW series. But they are even closer in real life. 

All three have gone through tough breakups in the past year. And Mendes recently revealed that their shared experiences brought them closer together. 

'Riverdale' stars Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, and Madelaine Petsch
‘Riverdale’ stars Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, and Madelaine Petsch | Emma McIntyre /VF20/WireImage/Getty Images

All three ‘Riverdale’ stars went through public breakups

Mendes, Reinhart, and Petsch had their relationships fall apart in the public eye last year. Reinhart broke up with her Riverdale co-star Cole Sprouse after nearly two years of dating

Mendes split with cast member Charles Melton after their year-long relationship. And Petsch dated musician Travis Mills for almost three years before their breakup. 

And amid these public breakups, all three actors had to navigate their lives and jobs through the pandemic. They returned to Vancouver to begin shooting Season 5 of Riverdale in the fall of 2020. But none were allowed to leave due to the country’s travel restrictions. 

Camila Mendes says the breakups brought her closer to her ‘Riverdale’ co-stars

Mendes, Reinhart, and Petsch were stuck in the same town, working on the same project and dealing with some of the same issues. And when talking to Paper, Mendes says that shared heartbreak and struggle brought the actors closer than they’ve ever been.

“We all got out of relationships at the same time and then went through this pandemic together,” the Riverdale star revealed. “And now we’ve been bonded by how much change has happened. Me, Madelaine, and Lili, specifically, we’ve never been closer than we have this season. It’s really nice to have them, to feel like I do have friendships here — meaningful ones.”

Camila Mendes says the cast leans on each other for support

The Riverdale cast is currently filming the rest of season 5 in Vancouver. And to take a break from work, Mendes, Reinhart, Petsch, Sprouse, Melton, KJ Apa, and Drew Ray Tanner went on a group hike with their dogs. 

Mendes posted fun photos and videos of their outing on Instagram. And when talking to US Magazine, she revealed that most of the cast remains good friends despite their past history. 

“Our group text is active,” Mendes said. “There’s a lot of TikToks being sent back and forth. We’re always texting each other when personal things happen. We very much lean on each other.”


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The actor also noted that she, Reinhart, and Petsch have a tight-knit friendship. And she recalled how Reinhart shared her unique sleep-talking quirk with them.

“Lili makes a lot of noise when she sleeps,” Mendes suggested. “Like, she’s a sleep talker. She told me this because she downloaded an app where you can record yourself sleeping and see if you say anything — Lili played some for Madelaine and me, and we were dying of laughter. She, like, mumbles so much, and that’s something I never knew until this season.”

Riverdale returns with new episodes on Wednesday, July 7, on The CW.