We know that actors often go to extreme lengths for their roles, whether it’s losing weight, gaining muscle, or learning a new skill. However, K.J. Apa (aka Archie) from Riverdale has revealed that he broke his hand while filming the show’s Season 1 finale, and we’re pretty sure that’s taking things to extremes.
Now, if you’re anything like us then you’ll have become fully obsessed with Riverdale, the new CW show based on the Archie comics. We were pretty gripped by the story of who killed Jason Blossom, and we’re practically counting down the days until Season 2 begins (which, seriously, can’t come fast enough).
Our finale ep is so good I can't stop thinking about it. Not to mention I broke my hand while shooting it. Mental.— KJ Apa (@kj_apa) April 24, 2017
In the season finale of Riverdale we saw the gang attempt to stop Cheryl Blossom from hurting herself in Sweetwater River. After falling through the ice, Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead rush to her aid, with Archie ultimately punching through the ice to save her. It’s a pretty intense scene, and you can feel the tension.
Well, K.J. Apa has now revealed that he actually broke his hand while filming the scene.
Speaking to TVLine about the show, the actor shared how that was a “a gnarly day of shooting.”
“I wasn’t really punching the ice, but I got a little bit too excited. I was punching a foam mat … [that was] sitting on the ice,” he revealed. “It was cold, so I didn’t really feel it. It wasn’t until 20 minutes after that I realized I broke my hand. I didn’t tell anyone.”
Okay, that’s some serious dedication to your craft.
“The death of Fred is still unclear, but either way, it’s going to change Archie’s life forever,” Apa said. “We’re going to see a darker side to him for sure.”
Apa’s comments echo what fellow Riverdale star, Cole Sprouse, has said about his character of Jughead, who also seems to be venturing down a darker path.
Basically, when we return for Season 2 of Riverdale we’re expecting it all to be a bit bleak, and, tbh, we can’t wait! Let’s just hope there are no more injuries on set…