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Daniela Melchior

Daniela MelchiorDaniela Melchior, born on the 1st of November, 1996 in Almada, Portugal is an actress and model known for her role in The Suicide Squad.

After beginning her career in her home country, she made her English-language debut as Ratcatcher 2 in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) film The Suicide Squad in 2021.

Melchior started her career with several Portuguese film and television productions, including Ouro Verde, A Herdeira, The Black Book, and Parque Mayer.

She also provided the Portuguese voice for Spider-Gwen/Gwen Stacy, in Sony Pictures Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

In July 2021, Melchior appeared as Cleo Cazo / Ratcatcher 2, in her first English-language theatrical film, James Gunn's The Suicide Squad.

Melchior will star with Henry Golding, Noomi Rapace and Sam Neill in spy movie Assassin Club directed by Camille Delamarre and written by Thomas C. Dunn. Production was finalised in Turin, Italy

After Antman star David Dastmalchian was announced to be joining The Suicide Squad as the villain Polka-Dot Man, the cast grew a little larger, adding newcomer Daniela Melchior as the character known as Ratcatcher.

Daniela MelchiorIn the comics, Ratcatcher is a former exterminator with the ability to control rats. Although Ratcatcher is typically portrayed as a male, director James Gunn decided to make the character female in the film.

The character in DC lore is known for its ability to control rats and stage a variety of crimes throughout Gotham City.

With the inclusion of Polka-Dot Man, Ratcatcher and rumors of King Shark, it appears The Suicide Squad will feature some of DC's most off-the-wall villains.

She did the Portuguese dubbing voice for Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, originally voiced by Hailee Steinfeld.

James Gunn will be directing both Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and The Suicide Squad. The Suicide Squad will star Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney, all reprising their roles from the first film, with Idris Elba and John Cena reported to appear in the film as well.

Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on August 6, 2021.

Melchior is known for her roles in the Portuguese period feature The Black Book directed by Valeria Sarmiento, based on the novel from Camilo Castelo Branco. She also starred in the feature Parque Mayer from MGN Filmes and directed by António-Pedro Vasconcelos.

Daniela MelchiorMelchior also voiced the lead role of Gwen Stacy in the Sony Pictures Portugal Animation version of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

On the TV side she has shot five TV series in her home country: Valor da Vida, A Herderia, Ouro Verde, Massa Fresca and Mulheres, all for Portugal’s Channel TVI.

She continues to be represented by Brave Artists Management and in Portugal by Leonor Babo Actores.

Here’s a hot one that has gone under the radar. Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and Suicide Squad breakout Daniela Melchior have quietly filmed action film Assassin Club in Italy.

EuropaCorp veteran Camille Delamarre (Transporter: Refueled) is directing the movie, which has wrapped the shoot in Turin, Italy.

Assassin Club takes place in the world of international spies and elite assassins. In this world of contract killers, Morgan Gaines (Henry Golding) is the best of the best.

When Morgan is hired to kill six people around the world, he soon discovers all the targets are also assassins unknowingly hired to kill each other.

Rapace plays Falk, the only assassin with skills to match his own.

Daniela MelchiorUnder the guidance of his mentor Jonathan Caldwell (Neill), Morgan must defeat Falk and the other assassins to keep himself and his girlfriend Sophie (Melchior) alive.

Early in 2019 Melchior flew from Portugal to Atlanta Georgia for a meeting with Filmmaker James Gunn and producer Peter Safran.

It turned out to be the most important meeting she'd ever attended.

The two men were looking for a female actress to cast a comic book style character in their upcoming film Suicide Squad. In Portugal actresses do not show up at casting calls wearing makeup, but Melchiors manager convinced Daniela to go to the audition full glamor wearing makeup.

Daniela wore a leather biker jacket, skinny tight jeans and in full makeup. Unfortunately, glamorous did not fit the description of the character they wanted to cast for a part of a female loner that knew how to control rats.

After the meeting broke both men glanced at each other and shook their heads and said 'no'. (a detail Daniela later learned)

But when she returned the next day for additional auditioning and a chemistry test with real live rats, she had transformed into what she described as "that weirdo, creepy girl" and Gunn's negative turned into an immediate affirmative.

Daniela MelchiorBy being cast in Suicide Squad Melchior left local fame in Portugal to putting on International film actress status with a part in a major studio Comic Book genre film with global reach. Her career which had begun in Portuguese television and film work had risen to an international level.

Melchior's self description of her youth was that of a really skinny akward child that was completely un-interesting - a girl who never had a boyfriend until she discovered drama class and realized it gave her a means to connect with her classmates.

"When I was younger, before I decided I wanted to be an actress for the rest of my life, I loved having drama classes because I was like, 'Okay, nobody noticed me, but when I get on stage, they listen to me.' " So I love this.

"If I didn't go into drama, I would love to be a lawyer because I have a big sense of justice. In school, we'd have debate, and I loved that also. That's also a kind of acting. I really feel I was already starting to explore that."

At 17 she was cast in a role on the Portuguese television drame, Mulheres. Even though her parents supported her career they advised her that since she was making an income from acting she would have to take responsibility for taking care of herself financially.

"My first 2 cars were paid for and maintained by me, and I am really proud of that," said the actress.

She broke into the Comic Book world in film by voicing Spider-Gwen in the Portuguese version of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which opened up an entirely new market to her in the passionate comic-book fan community in Brazil, where the main language is Portuguese.

Daniela MelchiorThis Brazilian community is so huge that they hold what's called Comic Con Experience in Sao Paulo that is bigger than Comic Con in California.

In the film a rotating group of rats played Sebastian, the rodent her character controls. Though working with animals is not easy, she pushed the film production staff to use real rats.

"I was the first one every morning to ask 'Where is my rat? Can I have my rat?' " recalls a laughing Melchior.

"I was starstruck by other cast members like Margot Robbie and Viola Davis. When I saw Margot for the first time, she hugged me and I was like, 'Okay, I wasn't expecting this.' "

"She was saying the kindest things that now I can't remember. But it was like, 'Oh, you look beautiful.' I wanted to say it back, but my English was not great. I was just stuttering and at a loss for words."

And Viola, too. When I met her, she was really, really busy because she was shooting, I guess, How to Get Away With Murder at the same time.

So she was really, really focused on saying her lines before shooting that scene with us. I didn't want to disturb her, but I really wanted a picture with her at the same time. We only had one group photo, but I'm happy for that one.

Everyone was so friendly and funny. Every time we had a scene in a group, we'd have so much fun and laugh and tell jokes. I remember Margot Robbie laughing so hard because I was trying to speak with an Australian accent. She was like, “You're so far off. Oh, my God.”

Daniela MelchiorEvery time I think about the ways my life will change after this comes out, I get anxious because I really love to be left alone, to feel relaxed, and just living my life.

I'm a little bit scared about it, because before whenever I was not working, I could stop and relax. For example, if I fly to Thailand, I'm not recognized there. I can go to America, and I'm not recognized there either. It gets me a little bit nervous because, yeah, I guess I'll belong to everyone from this point on.

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Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2018 The Black Book La Fille
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Gwen Portuguese voice
Parque Mayer Deolinda
2021 The Suicide Squad Cleo Cazo/Ratcatcher 2
2022 Assassin Club Sophie Post-production
TBA Marlowe Lynn Peterson Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2014–15 Mulheres Viviana Gomes 316 episodes
2016 Massa Fresca Carminho Santiago 68 episodes
2017 Ouro Verde Cláudia Andrade 221 episodes
2018 A Herdeira Ariana Franco 190 episodes
2018–19 Valor da Vida Isabel Vasconcellos 203 episodes
2019 O Livro Negro do Padre Dinis La Fille 6 episodes
2021 Pecado Maria Manuel

Awards and nominations

Award Category Nominated work Result
2019 Sophia Awards Best Actress Parque Mayer Nominated
2021 Golden Globes (Portugal) Golden Globes (Portugal) Best Newcomer The Suicide Squad Nominated

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