K.J. Apa, who plays Archie on The CW’s Riverdale, was involved in a late-night car crash last week. The accident is being attributed to the cast and crew working a 16-hour shift outside of the Vancouver set.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apa fell asleep at the wheel after midnight while driving the 45-minute trip back to his house from the Riverdale set. His car struck a light pole on the passenger side, which left the vehicle totaled. After being taken to a local hospital, Apa was released without any serious injuries.
Sources tell THR that the incident has caused the Riverdale cast and crew to protest against the early-morning shoots, along with not being provided with transportation to and from the set. “They’re working these kids from morning until night,” quoted a source familiar with Riverdale‘s production and Apa’s accident. “Someone’s going to die.” Cole Sprouse — who plays Jughead on The CW series and was initially supposed to be in the car with Apa on the night of the accident — has reached out to executive producer Greg Berlanti to ask that transportation be provided during the late-night sessions.
Riverdale is a production of Warner Bros., and its policy is for actors to provide their own transportation to and from set when production is outside of the United States. However, actors are reportedly encouraged to take a taxi or book a hotel on the studio’s dime if they aren’t up for the long drive home.
Additional sources for THR say a call is planned on Friday between the actors’ representatives and WB to discuss the issue.
Returning October 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Riverdale stars K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy and Casey Cott as Kevin Keller.
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