• KJ Apa is a New Zealand actor popular for his role in the TV series “Riverdale”
• He is rumored to be dating Corinne Isherwood, but is currently single
• He began his career with the “Shortland Street” soap opera and won the Saturn Award for Breakthrough Performance in 2017
• KJ is active on various social media platforms, with nearly two million followers on Twitter and 15 million on Instagram
• He is estimated to have a net worth of over $3 million


KJ Apa Wiki Bio

Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa was born in Auckland in New Zealand on 17 June 1997, so under the zodiac sign of Gemini and holding New Zealand nationality, plus belonging to the Christian religion – he is popular for his acting career, especially for his role of Archie Andrews in the “Riverdale” TV series.


Who is KJ Apa girlfriend today?

KJ is quite secretive when it comes to his personal life. He is rumored to be going out with Corinne Isherwood, a 17 year-old Canadian model, however, KJ stated in an interview with the “Cosmopolitan” magazine that he is currently too busy to be dating anyone. According to the interview, KJ is single and is not looking for a relationship.

KJ’s teen years and education

KJ’s father is Keneti Apa, matai (chief) of one of the villages in the Independent State of Samoa, while his mother Tessa Apa is a housewife and is originally from Europe. KJ has two older sisters who don’t share the same passion towards acting as he does, and nothing is known about them. Michael Jones, a famous retired rugby player and a coach is KJ’s uncle, but KJ doesn’t seem to be interested in sports (unfortunately for his uncle).

After matriculating from the King’s College, KJ decided not to enroll at college but to rather pursue his dreams of becoming a successful actor.

KJ Apa

The start of his acting career

KJ’s career was launched the moment he won the role of Kane Jenkins in the “Shortland Street” soap opera – he was part of the cast from 2013 to 2015, and then won the role of Archie Andrews in the “Riverdale” TV series. “Riverdale” is currently amongst the most watched TV series, and it helped KJ gain recognition all around the world.

With the success of “Riverdale” for which he is still shooting today, KJ became a wanted actor, and has received offers to appear in numerous TV series and movies. He appeared as Ethan Montgomery in “A Dog’s Purpose” comedy movie in 2017, and was then cast in “The Hate U Give” movie in 2018, which was a major success.

KJ’s last appearance was in “The Last Summer” movie, which is being shown on Netflix and was aired for the first time on 3 May 2019.

“Riverdale” – the series which made him popular

“Riverdale” is a teen drama TV series produced by Warner Bros. Television, and based on the characters from the “Archie Comics” comic book series. It was first meant to be a movie,  but later it was decided that it would work better as a TV series.

Work on “Riverdale” began in 2015, while the first episode aired on 26 January 2017, and so far counts three seasons and 57 episodes. The fourth season was announced in January 2019 and is going to be made-up of 22 episodes.

The series follows Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) who explores the city of Riverdale with his friends, only to discover the dark secrets about this seemingly perfect city.

Likes and other interests

KJ is a big animal lover and has adopted a pet dog who he named Tess. He enjoys travelling, and his acting career is making everything easier for him as he can travel and work at the same time. KJ is a very good guitar player and those skills helped him win a role in “Riverdale” as he played the “Mary had a Little Lamb” song on his electric guitar during his audition – ‘There were a couple Southern people in the theater ,so I brought my guitar. I felt really confident after I played that song, because music comes really naturally to me and it’s always something I’ve been really passionate about.’

Is he dating anyone?

KJ is reportedly single. He is rumored to be going out with Camilla Mendez who he spends a lot of time with off-set, however, the actor explained that she is a friend of the family and that they have known each other for a long time.

KJ is also rumored to be gay – the rumors started after he had to kiss Joaquin (played by Rob Raco) on the set of “Riverdale”. Even though the kiss was scripted, many of his fans (maybe haters, or guys who might be in love with KJ?) believed that KJ is gay in real life. This has not been confirmed nor denied by the actor, as he has not discussed the topic in public.

Is he dangerous behind the wheel?

It was reported in September 2017 that KJ fell asleep behind the wheel and hit a light pole, luckily for him the passenger side, so KJ was not hurt and nobody else was involved in the accident. According to the police report, KJ was tired because he was shooting for 14 hours the night before – it was not known if he had to face any charges or pay for the damage done.

Appearance and net worth

KJ is currently 21 years old. He has short light brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall and weighs around 161lb (73kg) – he has a muscular figure as he visits the gym almost every day.

According to authoritative sources, KJ’s current net worth is estimated to be over $3 million and will continue rising as long as he keeps acting – he is said to have made over $1 million just from his role in “Riverdale”.

Awards and honors

KJ has been nominated for couple of awards which are all related to his performance in the “Riverdale” TV series, but has only won the Saturn Award for Breakthrough Performance in 2017. He was also nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series in 2017 and 2018, Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout TV Star, and MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Kiss.

Social media platforms

KJ is quite active and very popular on several social media platforms – he launched his Twitter account in August 2012, and has so far gathered nearly two million followers and tweeted over 1,000 times. His Instagram account is followed by almost 15 million people, while he has uploaded nearly 750 pictures – he has a Facebook page as well, which is followed by over 250,000 fans.

General Info

Full NameKJ Apa
NationalityNew Zealand


ParentsKeneti Apa, Tessa Apa


MoviesA Dog's Purpose
TV ShowsRiverdale

Social profile links




A Dog's Purpose2017post-production
Shortland Street2014-2015TV SeriesKane Jenkins

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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