Camila Mendes on Palm Springs & the meaning of life: ‘Love and connecting with people’

Everyone is talking about Andy Samberg and Cristin Milloti’s new Hulu movie, Palm Springs, which started streaming July 10. You may have seen it already, but I haven’t yet so no spoilers! It’s a romantic comedy and is a time-loop living the same day over movie, like Groundhog Day or Happy Death Day. Critics are raving about it. I’m going to suggest we watch it for our next Celebitchy Zoom meetup. I watched a brief interview with the cast on Entertainment Weekly which was cute. Everyone seemed peppy and I imagined that they have great chemistry together, even though we were seeing them from their own homes. Andy Samberg said his wife cut his hair, Cristin Milloti said the film is about how we’re not able to escape ourselves, and I especially liked what Camila Mendes (Riverdale) said about the meaning of life.

Andy Samberg: My wife gave me a dope haircut. Spending time with my family, turns out is the best.

Camila Mendes: This film is about having to be ok with yourself and that you can’t actually escape yourself.

Meredith Hagner: You have the opportunity to laugh, but it does make you think about what matters [in life]

Camila Mendes: When we are faced with the question of what is the meaning of life, I think the closest answer we have is love and people, connecting with people.

[From video on ET Online]

Of course that answer is basic, we’ve heard it before, but at the same time it’s kind of deep. The line I always remember about this subject is from Kurt Vonnegut in Breakfast of Champions. “What is the purpose of life? To be the eyes and ears and conscience of the Creator of the Universe, you fool!” That’s too lofty though, and meaning is found in small moments. Anyway this week has been terrible so far and I needed to hear that. Maybe this movie will be a good distraction. My son and I have been watching this goofy but kind of awesome series, The Boys, and I’m so happy to have a new show with him! It’s hard to find something to watch together and we’re all out of What We Do in the Shadows episodes. The Boys is an over-the-top cheesy superhero series, but it’s deliberate and self aware about it. So I think we could watch Palm Springs together too.

Camila Mendes is known for Riverdale and she had Dangerous Lies come out on Netflix in April. She’s just 26 and we’ll surely be seeing more of her.

I like her.

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  1. Izzie says:

    I have seen some interviews with Camila and she always sound very sweet. I don’t watch Riverdale but I want to see Palm Springs, is this Celebitchy Zoom meetup something we can watch?

    • Celebitchy says:

      We meet Wednesday at 4pm EST and it’s recorded for the podcast but we only use audio. Email me at info-at-celebitchy and I’ll send you the signup link!

  2. Pixelated says:

    Palm Springs is so so good. My husband and I loved it, even more than the original Groundhog Day. Hands down, my favorite film of the year so far.
    I thought it was going to be another annoying SoCal-based movie at first but oh, I was so wrong. Y’all gotta watch it!

    • ATLMathMom says:

      I just watched with my daughter the other night, and we both agreed that we liked it better than Groundhog Day also!

  3. manda says:

    Breakfast of Champions is my fave Kurt Vonnegut! I might have to go back and read some of his stuff, it seems like a good time.

    Palm Springs was so cute! My husband had seen a trailer and knew what it was about, but I was completely surprised, and loved it! There were lots of little funny things, and Andy Samberg is just really very likable. He always makes me laugh

    • Haapa says:

      Kurt Vonnegut is my favourite author and Breakfast of Champions is my favourite novel!

  4. Case says:

    Palm Springs was a really cute movie but due to its timeliness, I also found it to be kinda heavy. It was fascinating to watch during this time of quarantining and what feels like being stuck in constant sameness — it comments on what it means to live a life of value, what it means to be happy, etc. A message I think everyone needs to hear at the moment, particularly the people on Facebook who claim if you’re not allowed to live your normal life, you’re somehow not living at all.

  5. Mina_Esq says:

    I read the name Camila Mendes and thought Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes had gotten married 🤦🏻‍♀️ I need more coffee.

    • Kath says:

      She actually mentioned that a lot of fans think her twitter is a fan account for the ship of shawn mendes and camila cabello lol

  6. Lady Baden-Baden says:

    EM Forster got there first with ‘only connect’ from Howard’s End.

    Film sounds great. Will check what platform it might be on in UK

  7. Dee Kay says:

    I loved Palm Springs!!! Highly highly recommend. All the cast was terrific.

  8. Normades says:

    I love all the Riverdale ladies. Cammy is college educated and seems to have a very good head on her shoulders.

  9. L4frimaire says:

    Watched the movie this weekend and it really was that good. Thought i5 would be tiresome but it had enough twists to keep it interesting and Andy Samberg was actually adorable in it. Also love “What we do in the Shadows “ and totally binged it . Usually I’m into dystopian or more serious stuff but nice to have some light fun things to watch.