K.J. Apa, Riverdale

K.J. Apa crashes car after long Riverdale work day, suffers minor injuries: UPDATE

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Sep 21, 2017

UPDATE (6:59 p.m. PT):  WBTV has released a statement on the circumstances surrounding K.J. Apa's car crash, as previously reported on below. Contrary to earlier reports, it notes that Apa worked 14.2 hours the day/night of the crash, that he had not been overly worked leading up to that day, and that he did not go to the hospital, but was treated by first responders and subsequently released. 

Here's the full statement:

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.

A further statement addresses the studio's safety precautions and transportation policy: 

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.

PREVIOUSLY: After reportedly working a 16-hour day shooting for Riverdale, lead actor K.J. Apa was involved in a late-night car accident last week in Vancouver, Canada, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was taken to the hospital for “observation” before being discharged with non-serious injuries.

The trade reports that Apa, who plays Archie in The CW’s hit show, was driving after midnight and fell asleep behind the wheel along the 45-minute drive home from set. His car supposedly struck a light pole, apparently destroying the passenger side and rendering the car inoperable.

Actor Cole Sprouse, who co-stars as Jughead, had reportedly planned to ride home with Apa that night, but backed out "at the last minute."

According to the trade, sources claim that the incident has “ignited a firestorm of protest" on the set of the Warner Bros. and Greg Berlanti production, which purportedly called for very long days and nights and may not be providing transportation to cast and crew – a WBTV policy.

Cast and crew members of Riverdale wouldn’t be alone in voicing complaints about set safety issues that include long hours, early call times, and “stringent transportation requirements,” as noted by THR — this in the wake of recent stunt accidents on The Walking Dead and Deadpool 2.

Fortunately, it sounds like Apa and Riverdale got away with a scare. And who knows, maybe something good will come of it; a call between actors’ reps and WB execs to discuss safety precautions is reportedly scheduled for Friday. No word on Apa’s health beyond the non-serious injuries in the initial report, or whether production was halted, but we’ve reached out to his reps and The CW for comment. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.