KJ Apa Biography
KJ Apa (Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa) is a New Zealand actor born on 17th June 1997 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is popularly known for his role as Archie Andrews in the CW drama series ‘Riverdale’.
He attended high school at King’s College, in Auckland before undertaking a career in acting career.In 2013 he starred as Kane Jenkins in the soap opera ‘Shortland Street’ until 2015. In 2015 he was cast as teenage Ethan Montgomery in the comedy-drama film A Dog’s Purpose, which was released in 2017.
KJ APA Age
He was born on 17th June 1997 in Auckland, New Zealand (21 years as at 2018)
KJ APA Height
Apa is 1.8m/ 5’10 ft
KJ Apa Religion
KJ is a christian.In April 2017 after Rugby player Israel Folau made a homophobic comment on Instagram, Apa condemned Folau’s statements.
Izzy had commented a post where someone had asked him ‘What was gods plan for gay people??’ where he replied ‘HELL… Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.’
“Very disappointing comments. Our role as Christians is to LOVE not judge. What gives you the right to condemn? Are you perfect? Sit down.” Apa replied to his comment.
KJ APA Family/ KJ Apa Parents
His parents are Keneti James Senior Apa and Tessa Apa (née Callander). His father is Samoan and is a Matai (chief) of his village in Samoa.
KJ APA Siblings
He has two older sisters Timera and Ari. He is the nephew of former rugby union player and coach Michael Jones.
KJ Apa Girlfriend
KJ is reportedly dating Corinne Isherwood, reportedly 16 years old. They were spotted together while KJ was travelling back to Vancouver (where Riverdale is filmed). They were first spotted for at a party together over the holidays, and the pair were even spotted on a lunch date.
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They reportedly began dating in November 2017. The fans are adamant after her age as they discovered there is a girl with her exact name who played on a Canadian basketball team in 2015, listing her graduation year as 2019, making her about 16 or 17 RN. KJ’s mother liked a comment about the pair dating, that read, “Age doesn’t matter”.
KJ Apa Samoan
KJ Apa is half Samoan “I have a massive Samoan family. And the Samoan culture has always played a massive part of my life,I’ve got hundreds of family on my dad’s side that live in Samoa and in New Zealand. I’ve just been surrounded by the culture ever since I was a kid.”
He adds that he actually used to speak Samoan fluently but that “Me and my sisters all kind of lost it.”
“We go to Samoa once a year to see family. And my dad recently just got a traditional Samoan tattoo. He’s a chief in Samoa (Tupa’i) so he got the tattoo to commemorate it. I got a small tattoo when I was 15 when my dad became chief.”
KJ Apa Riverdale/ Archie Andrews
KJ APA plays the role of Archie Andrews in the television series ‘Riverdale’. The showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa arranged a grueling four-month global search to find the show’s lead, and KJ caught his eye a mere three days before he was supposed to start testing potential Archies in front of the studio. KJ wasn’t quite prepared for this first audition with casting director David Rapaport and didn’t, but luckily, he blew all of the show’s writers and producers away the second time he came in to read. “He was immediately Archie Andrews,” said Aguirre-Sacasa.
KJ Apa Movies and TV Shows
KJ Apa Movies
- 2017: A Dog’s Purpose as Teenage Ethan Montgomery
- 2018: Altar Rock
- 2018: The Hate U Give as Chris
- 2019: The Last Summer as Griffin
KJ Apa TV Shows
- 2013–2015: Shortland Street as Kane Jenkins
- 2016: The Cul De Sac as Jack
- 2017 – present: Riverdale as Archie Andrews
KJ Apa Awards
2017: Saturn Award for Breakthrough Performance for his role in Riverdale.
KJ Apa Tattoo
KJ Apa has a matching tattoo with his sister and mother as a tribute to his family. He got the tattoo when he was 17 years old.
“My dad’s father was a high chief… and the family agreed my dad would take over his chief title: Tupa’i. We decided to get a tattoo to commemorate that. The Samoan culture has always played a massive part of my life. I’ve got hundreds of family on my dad’s side that live in Samoa and in New Zealand. I’ve just been surrounded by the culture ever since I was a kid.”
KJ Apa Net worth and Salary
He has an estimated net worth of $3 million. According to girlfriend.com Apa gets a salary of $200,000 per episode in ‘Riverdale’
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KJ Apa Says Archie Is on “His Own Mission” in “Riverdale” Season 3, Part 2
KJ Apa’s hair, or should we say Archie Andrews’ hair, is full of secrets. When we last saw Archie in Riverdale’s midseason finale, he was running from the law — and his hair was dyed dark. In a new interview with Teen Vogue, KJ explains that the brunette hue seems to set the tone for what’s to come for Archie in the rest of season three, which debuts on January 16.
“Archie’s kind of isolated a little bit from the other cast when he comes back, so he’s definitely on his own mission,” KJ Apa tells Teen Vogue. “Being in prison kind of took a toll on him. I think that he definitely wants to be back in Riverdale, but he knows that him being there can put a lot of people in danger.”
As for the hair makeover, KJ was a fan — it’s his natural hue. “The dark hair is a good look. I was stoked to have dark hair back, but only for a couple weeks.” Of course, Archie’s gotta go back to his signature red hair at some point. “It’s Archie Andrews!” KJ says. “We can’t have a brunette Archie Andrews! The fans would be really upset.”
Speaking of the fans, KJ is part of a new project that’s giving back to fans and furry friends: Starting December 18, KJ will pop up on Bumble app feeds in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, offering people the chance to win a full day with KJ to have coffee and volunteer with the ASPCA. That’s the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and Bumble will donate $50,000 to the cause, too.
I mean, can you think of anything better than a day of cuddling cute animals with Archie Andrews IRL? “I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve,” KJ says. “It’s gonna be a fun day. It might even be more than a coffee!”
For KJ, pairing up with Bumble and the ASPCA was a natural fit, and something he’d been wanting to do for awhile. “I love animals a lot, and I knew that there were so many charities out there, but I don’t really see that many [working to prevent] animal cruelty,” he says. “I’ve been wanting to get behind a charity like ASPCA.” When the holidays come around, it’s natural for people to think about how to give back, get involved, and do something kind and generous, celebs like KJ included. “Giving is an amazing thing to do if you can do it,” he says. “I think you should definitely do it, even if it’s just a little bit. This isn’t even just a little bit, this is huge, with Bumble giving $50,000 [to the ASPCA.] And the winner gets to hang out with me.” KJ says the only way to get a leg up on the competition is to join Bumble and match with him, so we’re signing up ASAP.
Volunteering with the ASPCA and filming Riverdale aren’t the only things on KJ’s plate. He’s looking forward to a certain project on the horizon in 2019, though he can’t spill too many details about it.
“I’m really excited about a project that I’m about to be working on, in April,” he explained. “It’s a comedy. [More details] haven’t been released yet, but it’s an awesome project. It’s great because it’s the first kind of project that I’m going to be a part of that’s so different from Archie and the other characters I’ve played, so it’s going to take me out of my comfort zone.”
Source: Teen Vogue