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K.J. Apa

K.J. Apa

Highest Rated: 97% The Hate U Give (2018)

Lowest Rated: 9% Songbird (2020)

Birthday: Jun 17, 1997

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

How do you make a splash with a live-action TV teen drama based on the long-running, always-wholesome Archie comics series? One good way is to hit the internet with a sexy, shirtless shot of its star. The teaser video, which appeared in November 2015, featured New Zealand actor KJ Apa, then 19 years old, looking considerably more manly than the good-natured, slightly goofy Archie familiar from the comic strip, and it served notice that "Riverdale" (CW 2017- ) would be a darker, edgier version of the characters everybody knows. The show puts a murder in the town of Riverdale, as Archie and the gang help to find the killer. Apa was already established at home as an actor and sex symbol. Born Keneti James Apa in Auckland, he was of mixed New Zealand and Maorian heritage. As a teenager he joined the cast of "Shortland Street," New Zealand's longest-running (since 1992) and most popular prime-time soap opera. During summer 2015 his agent brought him to Hollywood, ultimately securing the "Riverdale" role. Also a musician, he recorded a solo guitar album at age 14. Apa spent the summer of 2016 in Boston shooting the independent drama "Alter Rock" (2017) with director Andrzej Bartkowiak. Loosely based on events around the Boston Marathon bombings, it concerns a young woman who falls in love with a Muslim immigrant during a vacation on Nantucket. He also appeared in "A Dog's Purpose" (2017), based on the W. Bruce Cameron novel, starring Dennis Quaid and Britt Robertson, before co-starring alongside Amandla Stenberg in critically-acclaimed teen race-relations drama "The Hate U Give" (2018).

Highest rated movies

97% The Hate U Give 49% I Still Believe 34% A Dog's Purpose
29% The Last Summer
17% Dead Reckoning 9% Songbird

Photos

A DOG'S PURPOSE, K.J. APA, BAILEY (VOICE: JOSH GAD), 2017. PH: JOE LEDERER. ©UNIVERSAL PICTURES A DOG'S PURPOSE, FROM LEFT, BRITT ROBERTSON, BAILEY (VOICE: JOSH GAD), K.J. APA, 2017. PH: JOE LEDERER. ©UNIVERSAL PICTURES A DOG'S PURPOSE, FROM LEFT: BRITT ROBERTSON, K.J. APA, 2017. PH: JOE LEDERER/© UNIVERSAL PICTURES THE HATE U GIVE, FRONT, FROM LEFT: K.J. APA, AMANDLA STENBERG, 2018. PH: ERIKA DOSS/TM & COPYRIGHT © TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORP. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. A DOG'S PURPOSE, K.J. APA, 2017. PH: JOE LEDERER. ©UNIVERSAL PICTURES A DOG'S PURPOSE, K.J. APA, BAILEY (VOICE: JOSH GAD), 2017. PH: JOE LEDERER. ©UNIVERSAL PICTURES None None None None None None A DOG'S PURPOSE, FROM LEFT: BRITT ROBERTSON, K.J. APA, 2017. PH: JOE LEDERER/© UNIVERSAL PICTURES A DOG'S PURPOSE, FROM LEFT, BRITT ROBERTSON, BAILEY (VOICE: JOSH GAD), K.J. APA, 2017. ©UNIVERSAL PICTURES KJ Apa at arrivals for 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival - SAT, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV September 22, 2018. Photo By: JA/Everett Collection KJ Apa at arrivals for THE HATE U GIVE Gala Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2018, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, ON September 7, 2018. Photo By: JA/Everett Collection KJ Apa at arrivals for The CW Network 2018 New York Upfront Presentation, The London Hotel, New York, NY May 17, 2018. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Fast Move Wes Neal (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2024
9% 32% Songbird Nico (Character) - 2020
49% 98% I Still Believe Jeremy Camp (Character) $9.1M 2020
17% 0% Dead Reckoning Niko (Character) - 2019
29% 31% The Last Summer Griffin (Character) - 2019
97% 81% The Hate U Give Chris (Character) $29.6M 2018
34% 74% A Dog's Purpose Teen Ethan (Character) $64.3M 2017

TV

Credit
81% 47% Riverdale Archie Andrews (Character) 2017-2023
No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2021
No Score Yet 7% The View Guest 2020
No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2017 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2018