For the magazine, the actor talks to Demi Moore, his co-star in the film Songbird – which was shot during the pandemic. The Riverdalestar had to give up his iconic red locks for the thriller and that felt like a liberation for him.
“There are so many limitations on what I can and cannot do,” he explains. “With this character, it was like, ‘Wow, this is what it’s like to really express myself naturally.’ I wasn’t covered in makeup or hair products. I had long hair and a beard. I just felt free, “said the actor.
KJ says he has been under a lot of pressure since he was cast for the role of Archie Andrews. “I am so grateful for the show and its success, but at the same time there is a lot involved.” The only ones who really understand him, according to the actor, are his opponents. Cole Sprouse, Jughead Jones on the series, has been hugely important to him, according to Apa, because “he’s been doing this all his life.”
“I’m trying to look at it from a fan’s perspective to understand how they think,” the New Zealand-born star continues. “But there are times when I think, ‘They really have no idea that we’re real people. They can’t separate us from our characters.’
According to the 23-year-old you don’t have that in other professions. “As an actor, I am judged on everything: my political opinion, my opinion about drugs, my opinion about the people I want to be with. Everything. It’s something I had to learn to accept.”
Colleague Luke Perry has also taught him a lot, he says during the candid conversation. “It was a blessing,” he reflects on their time together. “When I first encountered success, Luke kept me grounded (…) Sometimes people talk about our work as something very important, as if no one but us can do this. say, “Stay focused. Keep quiet. Go home. Be on time and treat people with respect.” I loved that about him. “