KJ Apa

by follers on January 27, 2017

Photo by Gage Skidmore

Birth Name: Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa

Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand

Date of Birth: June 16, 1997

Ethnicity: Samoan, Scottish, English

KJ Apa, also known as K. J. Apa, is a New Zealand actor. He plays Archie Andrews in the series Riverdale.

KJ is the son of Tessa Apa, a writer, and Tupa’i Keneti Apa. His sister, Timena Apa, is an actress and model. He has Samoan, Scottish, and English ancestry. His Samoan family is from Moata’a. His surname, Apa, may be related to the name of the capital of Samoa, Apia.

A picture of KJ with his father can be seen here.

KJ’s maternal grandfather is John Russell Callander, a judge.

KJ has said:

My dad’s father was a high chief … and the family agreed my dad would take over his chief title: Tupa’i… Later, we decided to get a tattoo to commemorate that… I’d love to get my whole body tatted up. I love Polynesian and Samoan designs… The original plan was that this would be the start of a sleeve tattoo, but I think I need to get big arms first…

He has also said:

…[my father is Samoan]. I have a massive Samoan family. And the Samoan culture has always played a massive part of my life. I’ve got hundreds of family on my dad’s side that live in Samoa and in New Zealand. I’ve just been surrounded by the culture ever since I was a kid. I actually used to speak Samoan, but me and my sisters all kind of lost it. We go there at least once a year to see family. And my dad recently just got a traditional Samoan tattoo. He’s a chief in Samoa, so he got that tattoo to commemorate it.

Sources: https://nz.lifestyle.yahoo.com
http://www.nzherald.co.nz

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Kimmel June 30, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Boy is in touch with his roots. I hope he keeps that going.

When I first saw him on ‘Riverdale’ the nose and the hair (despite it being an unnatural colour to begin with) seemed off for the ethnicity he was portraying.

He looks older than 20 though…

alexgxo January 31, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Anyways, looks mostly white to me.. I don’t know, something about his nose plus his last name made me think maybe he had a distant non Anglo ancestor.

andrew January 31, 2017 at 2:43 pm

his father is not fully Samoan. Unmixed Samoans are brown skinned. K.J.’s sister has inherited more Samoan features than him.

fuzzybear44 February 1, 2017 at 1:09 am

some are even very dark skinned

follers February 1, 2017 at 4:19 pm

When I saw his surname, I looked it up on Familysearch and thought he had Italian ancestry. There are Italian Apas. I didn’t know he was from New Zealand then.

andrew February 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm

In this case “Apa” may come from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hapa

alexgxo January 31, 2017 at 2:22 pm

He’s 1/4.. I don’t know why media outlets keep calling him half or saying he’s only of “Samoan” descent..

I saw a family pic and his dad looks mixedish? I don’t know if it was him..

andrew January 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm

his grandfather was Samoan:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11380034k

He is the son of Tupa’i Keneti Apa and Tessa Apa, a writer. His sister, Timena Apa, is also an actress, and model.

* Samoan, possibly other (father)
* European (mother)

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