KJ Apa Talks ‘Having To Look Behind Your Shoulder’ Being Famous

KJ Apa is opening up about some of the downsides that come with being a celebrity.

The 21-year-old “Riverdale” star is featured on the cover of the next GQ Style, and in the issue he opens up about some of the ways his life has changed since becoming the star of a hit TV series.

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“Having to look behind your shoulder every couple of seconds if you’re walking home, to make sure no one’s following you,” he points out. “Having paparazzi know where you live, you have to be careful every time you walk outside your front door.”

The New Zealand native also talked about his heavy workload and why he doesn’t mind it at all.

“I would say in the last year, I’ve had maybe a couple of weeks off. Two weeks. Total,” he said. “But when I signed with [talent agency] UTA, I told my agents that I don’t want to have a day off in the next five to seven years. I just want to keep it going. It’s important to use the attention around the show and the success of the show, to just milk it. And people are gonna struggle to dissect you from your character, so I feel like I need to prove myself, outside of the show.”

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Of course, Apa said he always has the option of returning to his normal life if his Hollywood career fortunes change.

“I’m not scared of being forgotten,” he said. “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.”



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