On January 26, 2017, The CW Television network brought to life the characters of the popular Archie Comic in the TV series Riverdale. The Netflix teen soap opera which has aired 3 seasons has received favorable reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes website and the lead character Archie Andrews was played by the adorable KJ Apa.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the series creator revealed that they discovered KJ Apa just 3 days before they were supposed to test the Archie’s in the front of the studio and KJ got picked for the role at the last minute!
If you are wondering who the Netflix’s series actor, KJ Apa really is, well, this article will tell you all you need to know about this young TV star – his age, ethnicity girlfriend, height, sexual orientation, among other facts.
KJ Apa’s Age and Ethnicity
His full name is Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa and it is pretty obvious where he derived his stage name KJ from – his first two names. The actor was born on June 17, 1997, in Auckland, New Zealand. He got his high school education in King’s College, Auckland prior to his acting career. KJ is Kiwi (that is what a citizen of New Zealand is called) and he has a Samoan and European Kiwi blood flowing through his blood streams and his ethnicity is identified as such.
He was the lead actor in New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street where he appeared as suicidal Kane Jenkins from 2013 to 2015. Shortland Street is one of New Zealand’s longest aired TV series programs and it was set in a fictitious Shortland Hospital.
In 2015, KJ played Ethan Montgomery in the comedy-drama A Dog’s Purpose, however, the drama was released in 2017. His big break came when he moved to the United States and was picked to portrayed Archie Andrews in Netflix’s Riverdale. After a four-month-long audition, he was picked and starred alongside Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper), Camilla Mendes (Veronica), Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones).
On January 17, 2017, KJ shared an Instagram photo of his swollen and fractured arm. The actor’s frequent injuries from accidents are becoming of great concern to his fans. He had earlier injured his arm while filming an episode of Riverdale and then at another time, KJ Apa was involved in a car accident after falling asleep behind the wheel of his car after a long exhausting time on set. However, he came out unscathed from the accident.
In 2018 when YouTuber and actor, Klan Lawley was fired from the American drama The Hate U Give, KJ stepped in as a replacement and the former actor’s role was recast and scenes of the drama reshot.
KJ Apa’s first big role since he began acting was in Riverdale. Reportedly, the actor earns $200,000 each season. Along with earnings from other TV appearances, the New Zealand star’s net worth is pegged at $3 million. Still in his youth, the young KJ has a very bright future ahead of him on the big screen and will surely earn more if he continues to perform excellently.
Who Are His Parents?
His father is Keneti Apa, a Samoan village chief while his mother’s name is Tessa Apa. KJ Apa shares a special bond with his mother and they are quite close. He often refers to her as his best friend. He even adopted a pet name Tess which he calls her. The actor has two elder sisters with whom he grew up with.
Does He Have A Girlfriend or Is He Gay?
The Kiwi TV star has kept a very low profile on his love life, unlike his co-stars, he has been very private about his romantic life. He debunked earlier speculations about being romantically involved with his onscreen girlfriend Camilla Mendez who is actually a friend of his family.
Although he has not hinted about dating anyone yet, however, his Instagram photos say otherwise as he is seen taking photoshoots arm in arm with a cute blonde who happens to be 16 years old Corinne Isherwood, a Canadian model.
Fans rumored that KJ and Corinne began their relationship in November of 2017 in New Zealand, however, the actor had opened up to Cosmopolitan magazine that he is still too busy to be in a relationship and is open to a relationship if he finds the right girl.
It would seem that he has found the right girl in his model girlfriend, Clara Berry. The two were spotted in early 2020 but they have not revealed much about their relationship.
KJ Apa raised a lot of fans’ eyebrows on his sexuality when on November 14, 2016, in an episode of Riverdale, he (as Archie Andrew) kissed Joaquin (Rob Raco) while in the college detention center.
Thanks to his tight-lipped attitude towards his romantic life, a lot of fans are taking the kiss as a hint of the actor’s gay sexuality while others dismiss it as queerbaiting or just going along with the script. However, there is no solid evidence that the actor is gay and he has neither admitted so himself.
What Is His Height?
The New Zealand Star is said to be 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and his height is neatly complemented by a weight of 73 kilograms (161 lb) with dark brown colored eyes and hair to suits his frame and makeup.