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KJ Apa Compares Working on 'Riverdale' to Being 'in Jail'

KJ Apa is giving his honest opinion about working on Riverdale.

In a new interview with Demi Moore, the 23-year-old actor, who plays Archie Andrews on The CW series, talked about going from working on Riverdale to his pandemic thriller Songbird, saying that working on the movie was a freeing experience for him.

“I felt so free coming from a show where I feel like I’m in jail a lot of the time,” KJ told Demi in an interview with Interview. “There are so many restrictions on what I can and can’t do.”

“With this [Songbird] character, it was like, ‘Wow, this is what it’s like to really express myself in a natural way,’” KJ continued. “I wasn’t covered in makeup or hair products. I had long hair and a beard. I just felt free.”

KJ isn’t the first Riverdale star to compare working on the show to “jail.” During an interview last year, his co-star Lili Reinhart had similar comments. Read what she said here.

Also in the interview, KJ Apa opened up about dealing with all the fame that comes with starring in Riverdale.

KJ Apa Gets Honest About 'Riverdale' Fame: 'They Really Have No Idea That We Are Actual People'

KJ Apa is opening up.

The 23-year-old Riverdale star posed for a series of pictures shot by Christopher Sherman, styled by Mel Ottenberg, for Interview, along with a conversation with Demi Moore.

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Here’s what he had to say…

On Riverdale: “There’s been so much pressure in playing Archie. I’m so grateful for the show and its success, but at the same time, there’s a lot of baggage that comes with that success. I feel like the only people I can talk to about my issues are my costars, the people who can really relate to me. Cole [Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones] is an amazing person to have on set, because he’s been doing this his whole life. I try and look at it from a fan’s perspective to understand the way they think. But there are times when I’m like, ‘Wow, they really have no idea that we are actual people. They can’t separate us from our characters.’ You don’t have that in other professions. You don’t dissect the life of a builder and start judging the decisions he makes in his life with his wife and kids. As an actor, I will be judged on everything: my political opinions, my opinions on drugs, my opinions on the people I want to be with. Everything. It’s something I’ve had to come to terms with.”

On Luke Perry‘s guidance: Having Luke [Perry] on the show was such a blessing for me. When I was first experiencing success, Luke had a way of just quashing it and being like, ‘You’re only as important as the PA sitting over there.’ He knew everyone’s name. Sometimes people talk about our job as this really important thing, like no one else can do it. Luke had the ability to be like, ‘Step on your mark. Stay in line. Go home. Show up on time. Treat people with respect.’ I loved that about him.”

On self-care: “I’m trying to get better at doing things for myself first. I feel like I need to do things all the time for other people. I’m trying to learn that if I’m not really being kind to myself, then I’m not going to be able to help the people who really love me.”

KJ recently got attention for posting something on his main feed meant for his Close Friends list.

For more from KJ, head to InterviewMagazine.com.

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KJ Apa Accidentally Posts Video Meant for His Close Friends List to His Public Instagram Story - Watch Now

Oops! Riverdale actor KJ Apa accidentally posted an Instagram Story meant for his “close friends” list to his regular Instagram Story followers list.

The 23-year-old actor quickly realized his mistake, but he left the video up for fans to enjoy since it had already widely spread.

When KJ realized his mistake, he uploaded the following photo on Tuesday night (February 16).

KJ Apa Instagram Story Pic

We have a copy of the Instagram Story video meant for KJ Apa’s close friends only.

Click inside to watch the video that KJ Apa accidentally posted for the public to view on his Instagram Story when it was meant only for his “Close Friends” list…More Here! »

Model Clara Berry Enjoys a Day at the Beach After Boyfriend KJ Apa's Sweet Birthday Tribute

Clara Berry is having some fun in the sun for her special day.

The 27-year-old French model celebrated her birthday on Tuesday (December 8) in a bikini at the beach in Tulum, Mexico.

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Clara was seen enjoying the sunny weather and taking a stroll on the sand in a bright orange bikini.

Boyfriend KJ Apa helped her celebrate a day before on Monday (December 7) with a cute selfie he snapped with Clara in the bathroom.

“Happy birthday my love,” he captioned the post.

The two were first linked as a couple back in August after going on a vacation together in an unknown location. He shared some photos of her in her birthday suit on his Instagram account. However, they’d been talking for much longer: he was flirty with the model on social media since last December.

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Riverdale's KJ Apa Wishes His Girlfriend Clara Berry a Happy Birthday!

KJ Apa is helping his girlfriend, model Clara Berry, celebrate her birthday!

The 23-year-old Riverdale actor took to his Instagram Stories on Monday (December 7) to share a selfie he snapped with Clara in the bathroom.

“Happy birthday my love,” KJ captioned the photo with a couple red heart emojis. Clara just turned 27!

KJ and Clara were first linked as a couple back in August after going on a vacation together in an unknown location. He shared some photos of her in her birthday suit on his Instagram account.

Back when he posted those photos, KJ wrote, “There’s nowhere else.” Clara commented on that post and said “Jtm,” which is shorthand for “Je t’aime.” In French, that means “I love you.”

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Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse Seen Out Separately In Vancouver Over The Weekend

Lili Reinhart keeps covered up while out and about on Saturday (December 5) in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The 24-year-old Riverdale actress took her pup Milo out for a walk in the city.

Lili‘s co-stars Cole Sprouse and KJ Apa were also spotted out on separate walks that same day.

The next day, Lili took to Twitter to talk about a movie she was watching at the gym.

“Not me crying at the gym while watching My Octopus Teacher,” she wrote with a crying gif.

“I am legit whimpering,” Lili added, along with a video of herself.

Before that, she shared something she learned about TikTok.

“Tik Tok has made me realize so many things… like not everyone can unfocus their eyes on command? Am I a chosen one?” Lili tweeted.

If you didn’t know, Lili and her besties, Camila Mendes and Madelaine Petsch, have a group TikTok account!

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KJ Apa, Charles Melton & Camila Mendes Take a Day Off From Filming 'Riverdale'

KJ Apa, Charles Melton and Camila Mendes are staying busy.

The co-stars were spotted on their day off from filming Riverdale on Saturday (November 28) in Vancouver, Calif.

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KJ Apa and Charles Melton were seen heading to the gym together on their day off from filming, while Camila Mendes was spotted wearing a warm stylish coat to take her dog for a walk.

The cast is back to work after being off for a week in September when production was shut down temporarily due to COVID testing delays. Many other productions in Vancouver were also shut down.

Riverdale is set to return on Wednesday nights in January 2021 on The CW.

These shows are all being renewed at The CW!

FYI: Camila is wearing a Sandro coat.

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