Riverdale star Camila Mendes made her relationship with boyfriend Rudy Mancuso Instagram official on Valentine's Day 2023
Get to know Camila Mendes' boyfriend.
The Riverdale star surprised her followers in November 2022 when she posted a photo on social media of Rudy Mancuso kissing her on the cheek. However, Mendes didn't make her romance with Mancuso Instagram official until Valentine's Day 2023.
"meu valentine. te amo so much," she wrote alongside an image of the couple kissing.
Mancuso, like Mendes, is a multi-hyphenate with a music and acting background. Prior to his work in traditional media, the creator found initial success on Vine in early 2013. There, he uploaded brief clips of comedy sketches before transitioning to more long-form videos on YouTube — catering to his audience of 7.4 million subscribers and racking up over one billion views.
More recently, Mancuso teamed up with Amazon Studios and Wonderland Sound and Vision to pen and direct Música, a coming-of-age film mirroring his life. He also stars in the upcoming project opposite Mendes.
In February 2024, Mendes spoke with PEOPLE about her initial attraction to Mancuso.
"I had a little crush, but I didn't know if it was just a work crush or if it was real," she recalled. "And when I met him in person, it became very clear to me that it was real."
From finding success to working with Justin Bieber, here's everything to know about Mancuso.
Although Mancuso was born and raised in the New Jersey town of Glen Ridge and pursued a higher education at Rutgers University in Newark, Mancuso lived in Rio de Janeiro for some time during his youth.
There, he learned to speak Portuguese and is now fluent in the language. As the son of a Brazilian mother and an Italian-American father, Mancuso is multilingual.
Mancuso is a multi-instrumentalist and a musical prodigy, having taught himself to play the keys at a very young age. "My parents say I walked over to the piano when I was just about 5 and started playing. I think it made sense to me," he told Billboard.
While the self-titled performance artist's passion for entertaining stems from music, he quickly tapped into other areas of creating — specifically in the storytelling space.
He initially made an impact with his video productions, initially on Vine and eventually YouTube, and gained an audience with his musical and comedic storytelling. Notably, he's behind the many voices in Awkward Puppets — a YouTube series featuri -
ng conversations with stars like Justin Bieber, Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather.
Garnering millions of views and quickly growing a fan base, Mancuso took his talents to more traditional forms of media, having had a few stints in TV and film. Next, he's slated to star in DC's The Flash in 2023.
Mancuso was nabbed to write, direct and star in Música — a coming-of-age film for Amazon.
According to the film's logline, he will play "a young man, plagued by the music in his head, who has to come to terms with an uncertain future while balancing love, family and Brazilian culture in Newark, New Jersey."
Mancuso will also compose an original score and soundtrack for the film, per The Hollywood Reporter.
The self-taught musician has also taken his talents from the screen to the stage, having opened for Justin Bieber on the Purpose Tour in his native Brazil. "My friendship with Justin, I've treated it as any other close friendship I have," Mancuso told PEOPLE in 2017.
He added: "To be quite honest, I don't have a lot of close friends, and I actually would consider Justin to be one of those friends, and it's only because pretty much after the first time we hung out a couple years ago, he wasn't anything more than 'that cool kid Justin with a good heart."
Mancuso also performed at the Hollywood Bowl for Disney Pixar's Coco Live-To-Film Concert Experience opposite fellow Internet star, singer and friend Lele Pons. Furthermore, he's collaborated with artists like Alesso, Poo Bear, Cierra Ramirez and ex-girlfriend Maia Mitchell.
In 2017, Mancuso made his fashion week debut. He was selected to walk in Dolce & Gabbana's spring 2018 show in Milan, showcasing the luxury Italian house's menswear collection.
Mancuso and Mendes celebrated 365 days together in July 2023.
"always in our own little world ???? te amo so much. one year down, and many more to go ????????," the Riverdale star captioned a sweet photo of the couple on Instagram. In the comments, the actor wrote: "Amoooooooooor."
A couple of months later, the two stepped out alongside each other at the Giorgio Armani "One Night In Venice" event in Italy in September.
Dressed as Danny Zuko from Grease and Catwoman, Mancuso and Mendes attended Vas Morgan and Michael Braun's Halloween party in Los Angeles. They were joined by the actress' Riverdale costars, Lili Reinhart and Madelaine Petsch, and their boyfriends.