Charles Melton: Everything To Know About The ‘Riverdale’ Actor

Charles Melton has in recent years began to cultivate an image of a Hollywood hunk as he hopes to lead the next generation of hot male actors. This was evident in his recent appearance as Rafe in the 2020 action comedy film, Bad Boys for Life. The Kansas-raised actor and model is however better recognized for his role as high school football player Reggie Mantle in the popular teen drama television series, Riverdale. Melton began his time on the show as a recurring character but has since been promoted to a regular as he has become a fan favorite.

How Old is Charles Melton and Where is He From?

Charles Melton was born Charles Micheal Menton on January 4, 1991, in Juneau, Alaska, USA. He was welcomed to the world by parents; Phil and Sukyong Melton who are from different races. His father is an American of Cherokee descent while his mother is a full-blooded Korean.

Although Melton was born in Juneau, Alaska, he was raised in Manhattan, Kansas alongside his sister Tammie. The family moved around a lot and lived in different cities across the United States due to the actor’s father’s work with the military.

Details About Charles Melton’s Career

How Did He Start?

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Charles Melton poses for a shot.

While it is not clear where Charles Melton attended high school, it is public knowledge that he was enrolled at Kansas State University for two years before dropping out. During his time there, he played for the school’s Division 1 football team.

For reasons he will later explain as fate, Melton left college to pursue a career in show business. To do this, he relocated to Los Angeles and began working towards launching his acting career. Before doing that, however, he found work as a model, appearing in gigs for big names such as MAC, Kenneth Cole, and Dolce & Gabbana. He would soon later make his acting debut in an episode of the fifth season of Glee before appearing in short films like Bad Friend (2015) and The Channel (2016) and then in episodes of American Horror Story: Hotel (2015-2016).

His Breakthrough Role

Charles Melton finally hit gold in 2017 when he joined the cast of the CW series, Riverdale, in the second season and played the role of Reggie Mantle. He landed the role following the exit of actor Ross Butler who had originally been cast to play that role. Following his stunning performance in the role of a loudmouthed high school bully and football player, Melton became a regular face on the Riverdale series beginning from season 3.

In 2018, Melton appeared in the web film, The Thinning: New World Order, before going on to play the lead role of Daniel Bae in the film The Sun Is Also a Star which is based on the novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon. 2020 proved to be an even better year for the actor as he appeared in the box office hit Bad Boys for Life and Swing.

Who is The Woman In Charles Melton’s Life?

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Charles Melton and his former girlfriend, Camila Mendes

Earlier in his career, there were rumors making the rounds that Charles Melton was gay. However, those rumors have been proven to be nothing but just rumors as the Riverdale star appears to be very much straight. This is evident through his romantic relationship with actress Camila Mendes, his co-star on Riverdale. Although the pair started out as friends, things later became steamy for the two and they did not try to hide this. While at the movies in Vancouver with other Riverdale stars like Lili Reinhart and Casey Cot, Mendes and Melton were spotted kissing by other moviegoers.

After a year together, however, it was reported that the two lovebirds had decided to part ways. The couple was said to be going through the most demanding period of their budding career and could not afford to spend much needed time with each other, hence their decision to move on. They have, however, made sure to remain friends to this day as their separation was anything but acrimonious.

Since his relationship with Mendes, there has been no news about any woman in Charles Melton’s life. The actor looks to be paying full attention to his career as he hopes to land roles that will help him become the next big thing in Hollywood.

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