KJ Apa, born 17 June 1997, is a New Zealand actor, singer, and musician. He began acting playing Kane Jenkins in the New Zealand primetime soap opera Shortland Street from 2013 to 2015. In 2017, Apa was cast in the lead role of Archie Andrews in the CW drama series Riverdale. In film, Apa has starred in A Dog’s Purpose (2017), The Hate U Give (2018), I Still Believe (2020). Apa starred in Adam Mason’s critically panned 2020 thriller film Songbird, produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. In May 2021, Lionsgate Films announced he would appear in a military based drama West Pointer.