Happy Monday family! It’s time for another edition of the newly dubbed #BaeDay and today’s BAE definitely fits the bill. KJ Apa, or better known as Archie Andrews in the television remake of the Archie comic series which is name ‘Riverdale’ is our #CelebrityCrush of the day!
New Zealand born actor KJ Apa currently stars as Archie Andrews on the CW television show “Riverdale” which is based off popular comic series “Archie”. Apa got his jumpstart in the entertainment industry in his hometown of New Zealand, landing a role on their popular soap opera “Shortland Street”. Ironically enough, KJ’s role as Kane Jenkins is not that much different than that of Archie Andrews. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Apa revealed:
“My character had gotten into a relationship with his P.E. teacher so I literally had just played a similar storyline,” Apa told the magazine, referencing Archie’s relationship with teacher Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). “I knew who Ms. Grundy was and she was definitely not the same Ms. Grundy that we have on our show. So that was surprising for me.”
Growing up, KJ Apa was NOT a fan of our beloved Archie Comics which he says gives him an advantage on the show. “I think me not being a massive fan of the comic was beneficial in a way because I could have the script for the pilot as my main focus,” Apa noted in that interview. “The show is really different from the comic.”
While KJ Apa might not be a natural orange-red head like Archie Andrews, he’s even hotter with his natural hair color of dark brown. His love of his family’s Samoan roots make him our dream guy of the week and have you seen him smile? The man could literally melt hearts. KJ Apa, you’ve won us over!
Written By: Monique C. Tillman