KJ Apa Height And Who He Really Is

By Tharmini Kenas

31st January 2020

KJ Apa Height And Who He Really Is

KJ Apa or Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa is a New Zealand actor well known for his acting in Riverdale, Shortland Street, and A Dog’s Purpose. 

Admittedly, the New Zealand actor’s early life, heritage, and even his forehead scar is unique. 

More about KJ Apa’s height, family, tattoo and more interestingly his background…

First And Foremost, What Is KJ Apa’s Height?

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KJ Apa’s height is 1.8m or 5’11”! 

But, could he be as famous as this duo when it comes to height? Presenting Richard Hammond and Tom Cruise with their remarkable height! 

Obviously, KJ Apa’s Height Came From His Parents…And So, Moving On To Them Right Away!

KJ Apa was born in 1997 in Auckland, New Zealand to Keneti Apa and Tessa Apa. Keneti Apa is Samoan while Tessa Apa is a European New Zealander. He grew up with his two older sisters in New Zealand. 

After his studies at King’s College in Auckland, KJ Apa focused on acting and now, here he is! 

His Parents, His Heritage And His Tattoo…


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@rollacoaster @smiggi x

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KJ Apa is no stranger to tattoo. In fact, he has a few on his body. One particularly is to commemorate his Samoan heritage. 

“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.”

His other tattoos have their own stories too. There’s a bee tattooed as a tribute to his grandmother and a Van Halen logo as a tribute to his favourite band. 

He also got a tattoo for his friendship with his best friends. It’s an Armenian, Maori and Samoan designs linked together. 

Back To His Heritage…

Apparently, he has a big Samoan family who he often visits with his parents and sisters. 

“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.”

How Did His Acting Career Began And Progressed To Where It Is Today?

He started acting as Kane Jenkins in New Zealand’s primetime soap opera Shortland Street from 2013 to 2015. In 2016, he spread his wings to act as Archie Andrews in the TV series Riverdale. 

His movie ventures began with his role as the young Ethan Montgomery in A Dog’s Purpose, The Hate U Give, and The Last Summer. 

2020 is expected to be a good year for KJ Apa as he already has two films set to be released later in the year. 

The Award-Winning Actor

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The young lad has proven himself to be a remarkable actor by winning the Saturn Award for Breakthrough Performance in Riverdale. Quite remarkably, KJ Apa has been nominated for various awards for his performance in Riverdale from 2017 till date. 

Some of the nominations are: 

  • Teen Choice Awards for Choice Breakout TV Star in 2017
  • MTV Movie & TV Awards for Best Kiss (with Camila Mendes) in 2018
  • People’s Choice Awards for Drama TV Star of 2018 in 2018
  • Saturn Awards for Best Performance by A Younger Actor in a Television Series in 2019

Looks Like He Works Hard, Maybe A Tad Too Hard!

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In 2017, KJ Apa was involved in a car accident after shooting for around 15 hours. 

Apparently, KJ fell asleep during his drive back home past midnight. The car struck a light pole, leaving the passenger side completely destroyed. Fortunately, KJ didn’t suffer serious injuries. 

More importantly, he enjoys being driven and working hard…

According to KJ, 

“If you’re not working and you have too much time on your hands, that’s when you start developing bad habits. You see it all the time. Going to certain events, you definitely see people who need to reel it in.

“I’m not scared of being forgotten. I could quite happily walk out of here and go back to New Zealand. I’d be with my boys, I’d be with my family, and it’d be great.

“But I’m competitive. I want to be successful and I don’t want to have time off. Success for me is creating interesting things that other people are interested in. And making money, to be completely honest.”

Get Ready For A Serving Or Two Of KJ Apa’s Interesting Stories! 

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KJ Apa loves adventures! 

“I’m a thrill-seeker. I’m keen on adventurous stuff, like bungee jumping. I still get nervous— you can’t help it when you’re falling a hundred meters—and I feel nerves every day on set. But I think if you don’t feel nervous about something, it’s not important to you.”

KJ wants to be like The Rock!

“I was talking to my sister about this, I was like, ‘The guy’s always in a good mood from what I can see in his interviews, I wonder if he’s ever [not happy], I wish I could be like that, always in a good mood.”

We get you, KJ…We get you.

He loves dogs!


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this could be what heaven looks like..

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Just like Ethan Montgomery in the comedy-drama film, a dog always makes him happy. A scroll through his Instagram profile is enough to show how much he adores dogs!

KJ also loves to play his guitar. He even took it to deal with his nerves while auditioning for Riverdale. 


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What a night. Thanks to all who came to our first show xxxx

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“I feel most comfortable when I have a guitar in my hand. When I auditioned for Riverdale and did a screen test, I decided to take my guitar in there because I knew it would calm me down.”

You Know We Are Saving The Best For The Last…

KJ loves his dad, is inspired by him and interestingly, uses him to get emotional while shooting!

“My dad is my biggest role model. His legitimate favourite thing to do is hang out with his kids and his wife. When I need to get emotional in scenes, all I need to do is imagine my dad sitting at a café alone, drinking a coffee.”

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