Who Is Daniela Melchior? About ‘The Suicide Squad’ Breakout Star – Hollywood Life

Daniela Melchior: 5 Things To Know About The Breakout Star Of ‘The Suicide Squad’

Daniela Melchior is 'The Suicide Squad' star everyone is talking about. Here's what to know about the movie's standout actress who steals the show as Ratcatcher 2.

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Daniela Melchior, 24, is Hollywood’s next big thing. The actress makes a big statement in The Suicide Squad, which is in theater on HBO Max now. She plays Cleo Cazo/Ratcatcher 2, one of the supervillains who has the ability to communicate with and train rats. Yes, rats.

So, who is Daniela Melchior? HollywoodLife has rounded up 5 key facts about Daniela regarding her personal life, working with real rats, and more. You’re not going to want to forget about this one.

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Daniela Melchior with Idris Elba in ‘The Suicide Squad.’ (Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics)

1. Daniela hails from Portugal.

Daniela is from Almada, Portugal. She was born in 1996. The actress said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she was “not interesting at all” growing up. “I never had a boyfriend,” she added. Daniela started participating in a drama class at a young age.

2. Her first role was in 2014.

Her first role was in the Portuguese television series Mulheres. She appeared in over 300 episodes. She also starred in the series Ouro VerdeA Herdeira, and Valor da Vida. Daniela was the Portuguese voice for Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Her role in The Suicide Squad marks Daniela’s first English-language film. Her character is the daughter of the original Ratcatcher, who is played by Taika Waititi.

3. Daniela had to work with real rats. 

Daniela had to have a chemistry test with real rats when auditioning for The Suicide Squad. She was given three rats in an open box, and she just started picking them up during the test. “I had one in my hands, another in my hood, and suddenly I find myself with James taking pictures [of] me and the rats,” she told the Los Angeles Times. Daniela then worked on set with the real rats who would be playing Sebastian.

4. She is the ‘heart and soul’ of ‘The Suicide Squad.’

Director and writer James Gunn has nothing but praise for the breakout star. “She’s the heart of the film in so many ways,” he told Los Angeles Times. “She’s not a killer. She’s not a murderer. She’s in prison for doing something stupid with rats, that probably any of us would do, if we had a rat and a [special] wand and were incredibly poor.”

Daniela Melchior at ‘The Suicide Squad’ premiere. (Matt Baron/Shutterstock)

5. Daniela is on social media. 

Daniela has a Twitter account with over 53,000 followers. She also has an Instagram account with over 400,000 followers. “A curious girl, a wanderer,” her bio reads.