Riverdale's burgeoning star K.J. Apa has been putting in ridiculously long hours on set in Vancouver. It shouldn't surprise anyone that actors' work schedules are pretty crazy, but 16-hours a day crazy?
K.J. had reportedly worked over 16 hours before he decided to commute 45-minutes home when shooting in Vancouver. His co-star and close friend, Cole Sprouse, was supposed to accompany home but ended up changing his plans last minute. K.J. sadly fell asleep at the wheel, causing a brutal car crash.
Luckily Sprouse was not in the car, as the passenger side suffered most of the blow after striking a lightning pole. Apa was apparently treated at the scene of the accident and did not suffer any blows. However, this incident has sparked major controversy with Warner Brothers staff and crew as apparently actors are required to get themselves to and fro set when it is outside the U.S.
Sprouse, who some describe as the "leader of sorts of the actors on the show," has made requests for safe transportation for actors to and from set, especially when they're clocking such laborious hours.
The C.W. has made this statement in response to K.J.'s crash:
"First and foremost, we are extremely grateful that KJ Apa was uninjured during his recent accident. Secondarily, we want to specifically address the characterization that conditions on the set of Riverdale are of concern.
We have a large cast of series regulars, and our actors do not work every day. On the day of the accident, KJ worked 14.2 hours. The previous day he worked 2.5 hours, and the day before that he worked 7.7 hours.
KJ has repeatedly been informed about making production aware if he is tired or feels unsafe, and if so, either a ride or hotel room will be provided for him. The accident occurred last Thursday. Additionally, it is untrue that KJ was taken to the hospital. He was treated by first responders on the scene and released by them. We also sent a doctor to his home later that same day for a follow-up to confirm his well-being."