'Riverdale' Star in Late-Night Car Crash After Working 16-Hour Day
The crash has ignited a firestorm of protest on the set, which requires shoots that last until the early morning hours.
K.J. Apa, 20, who plays Archie in the Warner Bros.-produced Archie Comics adaptation, apparently fell asleep driving the 45-minute trip home after midnight. He was taken to a local hospital for observation and later discharged without serious injuries. His car, however, didn’t fare as well. The passenger side was apparently destroyed after striking a light pole, and the vehicle was rendered inoperable.
The crash has ignited a firestorm of protest on the Riverdale set, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
The show routinely requires shoots that last until the early morning
hours, and the cast and crew are not provided transportation to and from
the set. Actor Cole Sprouse, who co-stars as Archie’s pal Jughead and
is one of Apa’s close friends, had apparently planned to be in the car
as well that night but changed plans at the last minute. Sprouse, a
leader of sorts of the actors on the show, has asked that the Greg
Berlanti-produced series provide transportation to castmembers working