KJ Apa, who portrays Archie on the popular series Riverdale, was involved in a pretty alarming incident. The actor was reportedly in a car accident after he fell asleep at the wheel following a day of filming his series. Now, KJ Apa's Riverdale co-stars have posted some telling social media photos that show how he's doing following the accident.
The cast of Riverdale has always seemed very close. They're basically like a family now after portraying their characters on their CW series. Recently, they got really cozy together when they posed for the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Fans voted to get the cast on the cover, and the Riverdale crew beat out other popular series like The Big Bang Theory and Stranger Things to take the top spot.
It makes sense that the cast is offering up some info on their co-star after his accident, since they're so close. Apa's co-stars, Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica, and Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead, shared a glimpse of Apa on their social media accounts. Since Apa's incident reportedly occurred sometime last week (in a statement, Warner Brothers Television said that it occurred last Thursday), these photos say a lot about how Apa is doing now. Both Mendes and Sprouse took to their Instagram stories to offer up behind-the-scenes looks at filming the series, something that the cast frequently does to engage with fans.
In one photo that Sprouse added to his Instagram story, Apa can be seen striking a blue steel-esque pose, along with his other Riverdale co-stars. The two actors were probably just having fun in between takes as they don their classic Archie and Jughead garb.
Mendes also posted a photo of Apa to her Instagram story:
Mendes captioned the photo with, "@kjapa u good?" Apa can be seen laying down and chilling with his phone.
These snaps are a great sign that Apa is doing well now. If he's back to work with his co-stars, that obviously means that he was cleared to work and is physically up to the task.
If his co-stars posts weren't enough, he's also been posting some pics on his own account that have been reassuring for fans who are wondering how the actor is doing.
Apa posted this photo to his own Instagram account on Tuesday. He jokingly captioned it with, "Mum and Dad came to visit us, my sister is so annoying omg lol smh". Apa and Mendes can be seen with Hollywood manager Lena Roklin and an unidentified man in the photo. It sounds as though Mendes is indeed the "sister" Apa's referring to. So, it's safe to say that not only are Apa and his co-star being super cute as always, he's doing OK after his car accident. That's really all that matters.
The Hollywood Reporter initially reported on Apa's accident. According to THR, Apa drove home after a long day of filming and fell asleep at the wheel. The report went on to say that while Apa made it out OK, his car took on some major damage. The car apparently struck a light pole, which destroyed the passenger side of the vehicle. This sounds like it could have been a lot worse, so it's great that Apa could step away from the incident relatively unscathed.
Warner Brothers Television released a statement to Bustle about the accident that claims Apa was treated on the scene, not in the hospital as THR reported, and that he had been working for 14.2 hours that day. Warner Brothers' full statement reads:
STATEMENT FROM WARNER BROS. TELEVISION
The safety of the cast and crew on all of our productions is of paramount importance to the Studio. Productions adhere to the Screen Actors Guild–mandated turnaround time of 12 hours from wrap time to next day call time for cast members. In accordance with industry standard policy, if any cast or crew member feels tired or unsafe at any time after working, the Studio will provide a taxi, a driver or a hotel room upon request. This is communicated to all cast and crew, both in writing and verbally, at the beginning of production and is reiterated continuously throughout the duration of production.
STATEMENT REGARDING KJ APA
First and foremost, we are extremely grateful that KJ Apa was uninjured during his recent accident. Secondarily, we want to specifically address the characterization that conditions on the set of Riverdale are of concern. We have a large cast of series regulars, and our actors do not work every day. On the day of the accident, KJ worked 14.2 hours. The previous day he worked 2.5 hours, and the day before that he worked 7.7 hours. KJ has repeatedly been informed about making production aware if he is tired or feels unsafe, and if so, either a ride or hotel room will be provided for him. The accident occurred last Thursday. Additionally, it is untrue that KJ was taken to the hospital. He was treated by first responders on the scene and released by them. We also sent a doctor to his home later that same day for a follow-up to confirm his well-being.