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'Riverdale' Season 6: 5 things you didn't know about KJ Apa

'Riverdale' returns with a five episode special for its sixth season on CW with more drama to unfold
KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (thecwriverdale/Instagram)
KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (thecwriverdale/Instagram)

CW's drama series 'Riverdale' has had a successful run for five seasons and is all set to premiere the sixth season on Netflix very soon. The show which is loosely based on the characters seen in Archie Comics has managed to hold audiences' attention with its drama, wild plots and sex appeal since 2017.

'Riverdale's Season 5 ended on a daunting note as we saw an explosion happen which left the fate of Archie and Betty in the lurch. New couples include Veronica and Reggie and Jughead and Tabitha. Now before the Barchie or Bughead debate occurs once more, read on to know more about the cast who portray the iconic characters in 'Riverdale'.


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KJ Apa as Archie Andrews

KJ Apa is a New Zealand actor, singer, and musician. His whole name is Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa and he's from Auckland, Newzealand. He got his start in acting playing Kane Jenkins in the New Zealand primetime soap opera 'Shortland Street' from 2013 to 2015. After a four-month worldwide talent search he got his big break when he bagged the lead role of Archie Andrews in CW's teen drama 'Riverdale' and since then has never looked back.

What people are not aware of is that at 14 years of age, KJ recorded a solo guitar album. In addition to acting, KJ sings, writes songs & plays guitar. He sometimes brings one of his guitars with him while he's off on-location shooting movies/TV shows.

He has gone on to star in many more projects that include ' A Dog's Purpose', 'The Hate U Give', ' I Still Believe' and 'Songbird'. He is next to star in a military-based drama 'West Pointer' helmed by Lionsgate Films.

Did you know? He auditioned for Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016), but walked out on his audition knowing he wouldn't win the role.

His personal life saw great joy in 2021 when he announced his French model girlfriend Clara Berry's pregnancy. KJ Apa officially become a papa on September 23, 2021, when the couple welcomed a son. The actor can be seen enjoying parenthood on his Instagram and will be returning for the sixth season of 'Riverdale'.


Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper

Lili Pauline Reinhart is an American actress of German and French descent. Having developed a love for singing, acting, and dancing at the age of 10, her mom used to drive her to New York City for auditions. Before her career-defining role as Betty Cooper on CW, the actress starred in projects which include 'Scientastic!', 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ', 'The Kings of Summer', 'The Good Neighbor', and more in minor roles.

After gaining popularity due to 'Riverdale' she has acted in movies like 'Hustlers' and 'Chemical Hearts'. The actress besides acting has also penned a poetry book titled 'Swimming Lessons: Poems' which explores themes like young love, anxiety, depression, fame, and heartbreak. Reinhart who suffers from depression and anxiety is very outspoken on the topic of mental health. She is also a supporter of the LQBTQ+ community and came out as bisexual in 2020. She'll be returning for the sixth season of 'Riverdale' as one of the leads.


Other cast members

The rest of the main cast is set to return for the sixth season. The show will feature Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle, Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz, Drew Ray Tanner as Fangs Fogarty, Erinn Westbrook as Tabitha Tate, and Mädchen Amick as Alice Smith once more.

'Riverdale' Season 6 releases November 16, at 9 pm ET on The CW.