New Zealand actor
Born: June 17, 1997
KJ Apa is a New Zealand actor and musician best known for his role as Archie Andrews in the television series “Riverdale.” He was born on June 17, 1997, in Auckland, New Zealand. His full name is Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa, and he is of Samoan and European descent.
Apa’s acting career began in 2013 when he landed a role in the New Zealand soap opera “Shortland Street.” He gained recognition for his portrayal of Kane Jenkins in the show and received a nomination for Best Young Actor at the 2014 New Zealand Television Awards.
In 2016, Apa made his breakthrough in international television with the role of Archie Andrews in “Riverdale,” a teen drama series based on the Archie Comics. His performance as the red-haired, aspiring musician garnered him widespread attention and a dedicated fan base.
Aside from his acting career, Apa is also a talented musician. He plays the guitar and has released his own music, including singles like “Be Mine” and “I Believe.” In 2019, he starred in the film “I Still Believe,” a biographical drama based on the life of Christian music singer Jeremy Camp.
KJ Apa continues to work on “Riverdale” while pursuing other acting opportunities. His talent, charm, and musical abilities have made him a rising star in the entertainment industry.
KJ Apa’s 5 most popular quotes
- It’s always strange to play a sex object; it’s never a natural kind of feeling.
- I’m really passionate about music. I do love acting, but music is the end goal for me.
- I never actively went out and studied the American accent. I just came over here to the States, and it was something I was able to do. Like, I never struggled with it.
- When I have downtime, music is a big part of my life. Not so much singing, but I play the guitar.
- My real name is Keneti James Fitzgerald, but K.J. stands for Keneti James, which is a Samoan name.
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