Apa at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival
Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa
17 June 1997
Auckland, New Zealand
Keneti James Fitzgerald "KJ" Apa (born 17 June 1997) is a New Zealand actor. He starred as Archie Andrews in the CW drama series Riverdale. Apa also starred as Kane Jenkins in the primetime soap opera Shortland Street and as teenage Ethan Montgomery in the comedy-drama film A Dog's Purpose.
Apa was born in Auckland, the son of Keneti and Tessa Apa (née Callander). His father is Samoan and a matai (chief) of his village in Samoa; his mother is a European New Zealander. He has two older sisters. He attended high school at King's College in Auckland before embarking on his acting career.
From 2013 to 2015, Apa starred as Kane Jenkins in the New Zealand prime-time soap opera Shortland Street. In 2016, Apa was cast as Archie Andrews in the CW drama series Riverdale, after a four-month worldwide talent search.
In 2017, he starred as teenage Ethan Montgomery in the comedy-drama film A Dog's Purpose, which was released on the same day as Riverdale premiered on television. Apa's next film role was replacing Kian Lawley in The Hate U Give (2018). Apa stars as Griffn in the Netflix film The Last Summer, which was released on 3 May 2019.
Apa was involved in a minor car accident in Vancouver in September 2017, but was uninjured when the passenger side of his car hit a light pole. The event was reportedly the result of Apa falling asleep at the wheel after a long shoot the previous night.
|2017||A Dog's Purpose||Teenage Ethan Montgomery|
|2018||The Hate U Give||Chris|
|2019||The Last Summer||Griffin Hourigan|
|TBA||I Still Believe||Jeremy Camp||Post-production|
|2013–2015||Shortland Street||Kane Jenkins||Main role|
|2016||The Cul De Sac||Jack||6 episodes|
|2017–present||Riverdale||Archie Andrews||Main role|
Awards and nominations
|2017||Saturn Awards||Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series||Riverdale||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Breakout TV Star||Riverdale||Nominated|||
|2018||MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Kiss (with Camila Mendes)||Riverdale||Nominated|||
|Saturn Awards||Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series||Riverdale||Nominated|||
|2019||Saturn Awards||Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series||Riverdale||Pending|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Drama TV Actor||Riverdale||Pending|||
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