In a recent interview with Esquire released on Wednesday, KJ Apa opened up about the late-night car crash that made headlines in September.
“That was just a one-off accident, and it was a mistake on my part,” he told the magazine. “I should have pulled over and gone to sleep instead of battling my way home. But I learned from it. It was a blessing in disguise. I came out unscathed, and I thank God that I’m OK – it could have been a lot worse.”
The Riverdale star reportedly fell asleep while driving after midnight. Fortunately the actor was unharmed, but the incident made the cast and crew start to plan about better filming conditions.
“The schedule didn’t change,” the 20-year-old actor said. “It’s still a requirement for the actors to drive to work, which is fair enough. The crew works longer than we do, and they have to drive back and forth to work every day.”
A source told ET that some Riverdale stars “routinely drive themselves from the city of Vancouver, where they reside, to the set located at least an hour away in a suburb.” While actor Luke Perry has transportation provided by production, the source reported that the show’s younger stars do not.
“It is believed these accidents are happening because the actors are too tired after working long hours to drive themselves,” the source said.
Apa told Esquire, “It puts things in perspective for actors on other shows; when you’re driving home, you’ve got to be mindful and make sure your mind’s right and that you’re not tired.”
“I was really lucky the production was there for me and helped me the whole way, which made me feel looked after,” he continued.
Currently the actor is focusing on finishing the second half of Riverdale season two. He goes to the gym every day to “maintain a pretty tight physique” because of his shirtless scenes and because “it takes a lot of stress out of stuff.”
“It’s a long season. We’re doing 22 episodes in season two, and we’re about halfway through now. It’s crazy to think that right now last year we were finished. To think that we have 11 more episodes is a lot and overwhelming,” he shared.