Keneti James Fitzgerald, famous as KJ Apa, is an actor from New Zealand. He is known worldwide for his role as Archie Andrews in the CW drama series Riverdale where he stars as Archie Andrews.
Keneti James Fitzgerald was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 17 June 1997 to Tessa Apa (nee Callander) and Keneti Apa. KJ comes from Scottish, English, and Samoan ethnic background and owns Kiwi nationality.
He was raised alongside his two older sisters Timena Apa and Arrieta Apa in Auckland. KJ attended King’s College in Auckland.
He made his acting debut in 2013 with a role in Shortland Street. In the show, he portrayed the role of Kate Jenkins, which was broadcast on TVNZ 2 on May 25, 1992. KJ starred in the show for a total of 43 episodes, from 2013 to 2015.
In 2015, he starred in A Dog’s Purpose, an American comedy-drama directed by Lasse Hallstrom. He played the role of young Ethan Montgomery alongside Josh Gad, Juliet Rylance, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, and John Oritz.
In 2016, he participated in another TV show ‘The Cul De Sac’. He appeared in the show for six episodes and portrayed the role of Jack.
After some small roles, KJ moved to the United States where he got his first lead role in the hit American Teenage series ‘Riverdale’. He was cast as Archie Andrews, a high school football player and best friend of Jughead Jones and Betty Cooper and boyfriend of Veronica Lodge.
KJ was cast in both the series alongside Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Camila Mendes, Casey Cott, and Ashleigh Murray. The first season of the series was released worldwide on January 26, 2017, with 13 episodes. Likewise, the second season was released on October 11, 2017. The CW renewed the series for a third season on April 2, 2018.
KJ is also the recipient of several awards and honors. He was nominated for 2017 Saturn Awards for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series, Teen Choice Awards 2017 for Choice Breakout TV Star, and won a Saturn Awards 2017 for Breakthrough Performance.
KJ’s upcoming movie Altar Rock is in the post-production phase. He is currently filming The Hate U Give as Chris, which is scheduled for release in 2019.
KJ is rumored to be dating a 16-year-old Canadian basketball player Corinne Isherwood. The pair was spotted together several times in parties and lunch dates holding hands. They have supposedly been dating since November 2017. However, KJ hasn’t confirmed his relationship.
He doesn’t have any plans on getting married anytime soon or having any children. There is not much information about his past affairs, relationships, and girlfriend.
KJ stands 5 Feet 11 inches in height and weights around 73 kg. He has Dark brown hair and Dark brown eyes. He is also good at playing Guitar and piano.
Although KJ has not revealed his salary. His net worth is estimated at around $0.1 million. KJ joined Twitter on August 2012 and has more than 1.27 million followers. Likewise, he has more than 8.1 million fans following him on Instagram and over 167k followers on his Facebook page.