Vancouver has seen no shortage of compliments from A-list celebrities in recent years, with actors such as Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson gushing about their time in the city.
But it turns out the spectacular vistas, “really good” air, and unusually kind folks aren’t quite enough to keep one Riverdale star entertained.
“When you’re there for a long time, it can get kind of boring,” KJ Apa, who plays Archie on the B.C.–filmed CW/Netflix series, told Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest during a visit to LIVE with Kelly and Ryan this morning (October 11). “The city’s not the biggest city in the world. Everything kind of shuts down early as well.”
Way harsh, Apa. (Though, given Vancouver’s unfortunate No Fun City moniker, not entirely untrue.) But if it’s any consolation, the New Zealand–born actor did enjoy the food he had in town during filming for Riverdale’s second season, which is ongoing throughout the Lower Mainland.
And he’s a big fan of Vancouver’s gyms! Well, at least one of them, I think. “We do spend a lot of time in that gym,” Apa admitted when Ripa and Seacrest presented a sweaty Instagram snap of him working out with Riverdale co-stars Mark Consuelos and Charles Melton. (The hosts later showcased a collage of Apa’s chiseled six-pack onscreen.) “It’s a really nice gym, as well, in Vancouver.”
The 20-year-old actor has spent plenty of time in Lotusland in the past year, which stands in for the fictional small town of Riverdale in the hit Archie Comics–based program. He was photographed partying at Celebrities nightclub in June and was reportedly involved in a car accident last month after leaving a 16-hour set day.
Ripa’s husband, Consuelos, who plays newly introduced character Hiram Lodge in Riverdale’s latest season, has also been spotted around town in recent months, where he’s completed the Grouse Grind and vacationed with his family on Vancouver Island. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel last week, he talked about the mindboggling politeness of Vancouverites and their tendency to ask about your plans for the day.
What say you, Vancouver? Is Apa right or does he need to spend a little less time working on his abs and more time exploring the city's great outdoors?