Melissa Barrera is a Mexican actress and singer who portrays Sam Carpenter, the protagonist of the Scream (2022) reboot, informally known as Scream 5. She is appear again in the sequel, Scream 6 (2023).
She is also known for her roles in Siempre Tuya Acapulco (2013), Tanto Amor (2015) and lastly Vida (2018), the role and performance that co-directors of Scream 5, Matt and Tyler based their reason for casting her on.
In August 2020, she was cast in an undisclosed role in the fifth Scream (2022 film), later revealed to be Samantha Carpenter. The role was rumoured to be offered to Samara Weaving, who later said she was offered a part but unable to take it due to scheduling conflicts with Nine Perfect Strangers and COVID-19 filming restrictions.
- She was offered the part based on her performance in Vida, and did not audition for the part. She admitted she feared she would get fired due to feeling unconfident as an actor in her screen test with Jenna Ortega.
- She is 7 years older than her character.