Who is Charles Melton
With a global pandemic dictating our day to day life, most of us have had to find entertainment within the walls of our home. As one of the leading film and television companies, Netflix has provided that entertainment and comfort to many. The streaming platform with millions of users has a few shows that take the lead when it comes to popularity.
Riverdale is one of these shows that has thousands of viewers glued to their screens. It is an adaptation of the comics written by Vic Bloom. The comics date back to 1941 yet the loosely based show premiered in January 2017.
Charles Melton is one of the series regulars on the show since the start of the second season and has all of our hearts swooning every time he is on screen. Melton was first seen on television back in 2014 on an episode of the musical teen series, Glee.
You may have also recognized him if you are a fan of American Horror Story. He was cast as “Mr. Wu” in the fifth season of AHS. Although the roles were small, and he only appeared in a couple of episodes, it was the start of Melton’s booming career as a Hollywood actor. Prior to acting, Melton has modeled for big names in the industry like M.A.C. and Dolce and Gabbana.
More recently Charles played the role of the teen love interest, Daniel Bae, in The Sun is Also a Star. The film was an adaptation of the best-selling author, Nicola Yoon’s second novel (titled the same). It was released last year in 2019 and had a budget of 9 million dollars.
His Breakthrough Moment
Charles Melton was a student at Kansas State University as of 2012. He played on the university’s football team and was very focused and driven to his sports life. Melton was even given the nickname of “Kamikaze” by his fellow players as he was utterly fearless when it came to the field. At one point he managed to play an entire game while his hand was fractured. Talk about commitment! So how then did this defense back in university turn into a big Hollywood star with a net worth of around 3 million dollars?
Addressing his rise to fame on the Late Late Show with James Corden, he explained that he was driving to football practice when he heard an ad on the radio. It was a gig you paid for to audition to become a star. So, the young man with dreams of acting moved to LA and pursued what he loved. In 2017, he auditioned for the role of Reggie Mantle in the rising series of Riverdale, and as we all know he got the role! Reggie was previously played by Ross Butler, who is the actor of Zach in 13 reasons why. But Ross had too much on his plate with both the shows and had to leave just after the first season. Melton replaced Butler and although fans were surprised, it didn’t take long to win them over with Charles’ charm. He fit the role well and in a short period amassed over 7 million followers on Instagram.
Although Melton has played a couple of other characters, his role as Reggie has been the most prosperous for his career and what got him the attention of prevailing and popular media. From the second to the fourth season of Riverdale, Charles has managed to take his place in the industry known.
Charles Melton Family
Melton was born in Juneau, Alaska in the United States to an American father and a Korean mother. He is currently 29 years of age and for all of you astronomy lovers, this hunk is a Capricorn with January 4th as his birthday. Melton’s mother, namely Sukyong, was an immigrant from Korea and moved to the United States in 1990. She married Phil Melton who was a white American with European roots. They had two children, of which Charles is the elder. Melton has a younger sister named Tammie who is seven years younger than him.
One of his latest films, The Sun is Also a Star, heavily revolves around immigration laws in the US and all the issues and injustices that immigrants have to face in America. Although majorly a romantic film, there is more to it than just the love story. Playing a character in a film that highlights some of the struggles his mother went through had been one heck of an experience for the actor. In an interview he said, and I quote:
“I wouldn’t trade my relationship with my mother for anything. Like anything. She is my queen.”
Charles Melton Love Relationship
There is not a lot that we know about Charles Melton’s romantic life before fame and popularity. But he appears to have had no long-term relationships before Camila. Camila Mendes is a costar of Melton who plays the iconic role of Veronica Lodge. In the summer of 2018, Camila split up with her boyfriend, Victor Houston. Fans of the show, Riverdale, were already convinced that Melton and Mendes would be a great couple. Their on-screen chemistry was electric, and everyone was rooting for them to get together. Finally, in the fall of 2018, the actress made their relationship public by uploading a photo with Charles on social media that was captioned; “Mine.”
But sadly, the couple split up over a year later when they announced they are taking a “break”. The breakup was not at all bitter and they are still friends and uphold a civil relationship as costars. The press reports that the couple split up because they had too much going on with their careers and decided that it was best to separate and work on themselves and their jobs for now. Fans of the two actors were disheartened yet had to respect the decision of their idols.
In 2020, there is another actress that has caught the attention of our superstar Melton. We all know and love Vanessa Hudgens from the fantastic High School Musical Franchise. She had been in a long-term relationship with singer and actor, Austin Butler. Yet around the end of 2019, they announced that they had broken up. Vanessa Hudgens was immediately shipped with costar Zach Efron once again. But it seems that they are not much more than old friends.
On the other hand, speculations are surrounding her chemistry with Riverdale star, Charles Melton. Both of the celebs have recently gotten out of relationships and are currently single (and we hope ready to mingle). This year Vanessa and Charles have been expressing an energy that is a little too enthusiastic for just a costar relationship. They filmed a movie together and are both individuals looking for love again. It has been a significant amount of time since their last breakup so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for this lovely match. A fan tweeted:
“Charles Melton and Vanessa Hudgens are going to start dating… you heard it here first.”
What Charles Melton Is Currently Up To
So now you know all about how this charming man rose to fame and established his career as an Asian American Hollywood actor. But what is he currently up to and what new projects can you expect from Charles Melton? Well, the star recently featured in a music video with Grammy Award-winning singer, Ariana Grande. The music video for her hit single, “break up with your girlfriend, I’m bored” gained over three hundred million views! Charles played the boyfriend in the music video and absolutely “snatched our wigs”.
Melton also caught a role in the sequel to 2003’s Bad Boys, which is titled Bad Boys for Life. With costars like Will Smith and Vanessa Hudgens, this comedy and action film was surely a hit on the big screen and yet another boost for Melton’s career. Bad Boys for Life premiered earlier this year and it’s safe to say fans were over the moon. Other than these projects Melton is also going to be a part of the fifth season of Riverdale. Due to the obstacles faced because of the pandemic, production and filming faced a bit of a delay. But we can’t wait to see what happens next to our well-loved characters and the actors who portray them in 2021.
Melton is a great actor and his success is an inspiration to everyone trying to chase their dreams in the entertainment industry. Not to mention his dashing good looks and appealing personality.
Lastly, leaving you with this quote for motivation!
“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill