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Riverdale's KJ Apa Shows Abs For First Ever Issue of 'The Hero Winter Annual 2017'

KJ Apa takes a bite out of his necklace while gracing the cover of the first The HERO Winter Annual magazine.

The 20-year-old Riverdale actor went shirtless for most of his cover shoot.

“I’m on the cover of the launch issue of The HERO Winter Annual 2017! Check out the HERO website for more info @hero_magazine,” KJ tweeted.

The HERO Winter Annual full mag will be released on Tuesday (November 21) and features a few of our other favorites too!

13 Reasons Why‘s Brandon Flynn and Alisha Boe, as well as Karen Gillan will also be in the magazine. Stay tuned for the rest!

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'Riverdale' Star KJ Apa Opens Up About Car Crash: 'I Should Have Pulled Over & Gone to Sleep'

KJ Apa opens up about his September car crash in a new interview and photo shoot for Esquire, out now.

Here’s what the 20-year-old Riverdale actor had to say:

On staying in shape: “I have to maintain a pretty tight physique, being shirtless pretty much every episode. I try to get to the gym every day. It takes a lot of stress out of stuff. It’s a long season. We’re doing 22 episodes in Season Two, and we’re about halfway through now. It’s crazy to think that right now last year we were finished. To think that we have 11 more episodes is a lot and overwhelming.”

On the high expectations Riverdale fans have for the second season, and the rabid “Shipping Wars” in particular: “I don’t really follow that stuff. I know the girls are really into that stuff, and I do hear about it at work. I find it cool that the fans get really involved in it and they stand by their shipping teams—if that’s how you say it, I don’t know. They’re ravenous, man. They will fight to end for these characters.”

On the car crash in late September: “That was just a one-off accident, and it was a mistake on my part. I should have pulled over and gone to sleep instead of battling my way home. But I learned from it. It was a blessing in disguise. I came out unscathed, and I thank God that I’m okay—it could have been a lot worse. The schedule didn’t change. It’s still a requirement for the actors to drive to work, which is fair enough. The crew works longer than we do, and they have to drive back and forth to work every day. It puts things in perspective for actors on other shows; when you’re driving home, you’ve got to be mindful and make sure your mind’s right and that you’re not tired. I was really lucky the production was there for me and helped me the whole way, which made me feel looked after.”

For more from KJ, head to Esquire.com.

'Riverdale' Cast & Miley Cyrus Family Face Off in Hilarious 'Tonight Show' Game Show - Watch Here!

The cast of The CW’s hit Riverdale went head-to-head with Miley Cyrus‘ family in a Family Feud style game that was totally hilarious on last night’s (October 3) The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!

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‘s KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse and Madelaine Petsch faced-off against Miley, her sisters Noah and Brandi, mom Trish and host Jimmy in a game called “Tonight Show Search Party,” where they had to race to fill in the blank for random Internet search results for queries like “Should I Pierce My…”

The Riverdale cast also talked to Jimmy about the upcoming second season, which debuts on Wednesday (October 11), and they do the first Riverdale Milkshake Challenge – Watch more after the cut!


Search Party with Miley Cyrus and the Cast of ‘Riverdale’

Click inside to watch more of the cast of Riverdale’s appearance on The Tonight Show…More Here! »

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Tom Welling's 'Smallville' Cast Rallied for Him to Get a Driver, Just Like KJ Apa's Cast

The cast of Riverdale has been rallying behind KJ Apa after the actor got into a car accident due to a long workday that led to him falling asleep behind the wheel. This is something similar that happened on the set of Smallville over a decade ago.

In a podcast that was released only this month, Tom Welling and his co-star Michael Rosenbaum revealed how the cast rallied to get Tom a driver due to the long hours he was put through on the set of Smallville.

“All of us are driving to a location at 4:30 a.m. with one eye open and you’re in every scene. I think it got to a point where we all like signed a letter for you because we’re like ‘You’re going to kill Superman,’” Michael said.

Tom added, “Unbeknownst to me, because I was just told it was already done, but you all signed something, because we weren’t allowed to have drivers for some reason, but yeah, I was getting up at 4:30, driving an hour and a half, working an 18-hour day then driving back, sleeping five hours. And you guys were like, ‘Well, he’s gonna die. He’s gonna run into a tree and the show’s gonna be over.’ So you guys kind of gave up, you waived your rights to ‘If one had a driver, everybody had a driver.’ So, I got a driver and it was a big difference.”

WBTV has said all of the people working on Riverdale are allowed to call a taxi or have a driver take them home when they are working long hours.

Riverdale's KJ Apa Spotted Working Out Following Car Accident

KJ Apa takes a FaceTime call while getting in a work out on Thursday (September 21) in Vancouver, Canada.

This is the first time that the 20-year-old actor has been spotted after news of him being involved in a car accident last week following a long night of filming Riverdale.

KJ reportedly was on set for a majority of the day and then fell asleep behind the wheel of his car on his 45 minute drive home. WBTV, the studio behind the show, released a lengthy statement clarifying the details surrounding what actually happened. We’re just glad that KJ is alright!

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KJ Apa's Car Accident: WBTV Clarifies Details & Hours Worked

KJ Apa was involved in a car accident last week after falling asleep behind the wheel following a long day of work on Riverdale and now WBTV is clarifying details surrounding the situation.

It was initially reported that the 20-year-old actor worked a 16-hour day before getting into the car for a 45 minute drive to his hotel. The accident spurred calls from cast and crew to change conditions on set and allow for them to receive car services when working late hours.

WBTV says that there is already a policy in place for cast and crew to be provided with “a taxi, a driver or a hotel room upon request.” They also noted that KJ worked 14.2 hours following a 2.5 hour workday the day before.

“The safety of the cast and crew on all of our productions is of paramount importance to the Studio. Productions adhere to the Screen Actors Guild–mandated turnaround time of 12 hours from wrap time to next day call time for cast members,” WBTV said in the statement. “In accordance with industry standard policy, if any cast or crew member feels tired or unsafe at any time after working, the Studio will provide a taxi, a driver or a hotel room upon request. This is communicated to all cast and crew, both in writing and verbally, at the beginning of production and is reiterated continuously throughout the duration of production.”

Click inside to read the rest of WBTV’s statement regarding KJ Apa… More Here! »

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Riverdale's KJ Apa in Car Accident, Fell Asleep at Wheel After 16-Hour Workday on Set

KJ Apa, who plays the leading role of Archie on The CW’s Riverdale, was in a car accident after working a very long work day last week in Vancouver, Canada.

Apparently, the 20-year-old actor was on set for 16 hours, and then had to drive 45 minutes to where he was staying for the evening, THR reports. KJ reportedly fell asleep at the wheel during the drive, and was taken to the hospital and thankfully discharged without any major injuries.

Cole Sprouse, KJ‘s co-star, was also reportedly supposed to be with him in the car but his plans changed at the last minute.

KJ‘s car sustained damage and is now unusable.

The publication is reporting that because of this serious incident, cast and crew are demanding better safety and protection. Cole has apparently asked the show’s producers to provide transportation to and from set during late hours, which actually goes against WBTV’s policy.

We’re so glad KJ is okay after this scary incident.

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