New Zealand born, KJ Apa is known for playing Archie Andrews in the hit CW drama series Riverdale. The fan-favorite show wraps up its sixth season next month, with their seventh and final season arriving in 2023. It appears, Apa is already making plans for his post-Riverdale life.
The 24-year-old actor was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, and starred in a New Zealand soap opera dubbed Shortland Street before landing the role of Archie Andrews on The CW’s Riverdale following a global talent search. Apa revealed to US Weekly during The CW upfronts in May that he plans on returning to New Zealand later this year.
Apa also said that he wants to convince partner Clara Berry to move there permanently with their eight-month son, Sasha Vai Keneti Apa. He shared with the outlet, “I’ll go back [to New Zealand]. Yeah, 100%. I’m going back this year.” He added, he wants his son with 28-year-old Berry, who he married in 2020, to see his homeland.
Apa has been romantically involved with French model Berry since 2020, and they welcomed son Sasha Vai Keneti Apa in September 2021. The actor hasn’t been back home to New Zealand in three years, due to strict COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Meanwhile, The CW renewed Riverdale for Season 7 back in March, but revealed in May that it would be the final season, which Apa said that he and most of the cast saw coming. While speaking to Us Weekly, he said that he “very lucky” to have a job like Riverdale, adding he has “days off here and there’ and he’s, ‘lucky to have time to spend with my family.” Stay tuned to Thirsty for further updates.
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