Everyone Is Freaking Out About How Hot Archie From “Riverdale" Is And TBH, Same

23 February 2017, 15:21 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

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Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

WARNING: This is article is a thirst trap.

Hello and welcome. We've gathered you all here today to talk about The CW's brand new show, and now PopBuzz favourite, Riverdale. Everyone's talking about it. From how problematic Ms Grundy is to Cole Sprouse's personal mission make Jughead asexual again, it's gonna be the biggest teen drama since Gossip Girl. Mark our words. 

Despite the wild storylines and murder mystery aspect of the show, all anyone seems to be obsessing over is the fact that Archie got HOT. Yah, the freckly, ginger boy in the Comic book series got a glo-up and nobody can handle it. 

But before we talk about Archie's new look, let's talk about and get to know the brilliant actor who plays him.

His name is KJ Apa. The K stands for Keneti and the J stands for James. 


A post shared by KJ Apa (@kjapa) onJan 8, 2017 at 5:46pm PST


And he's 19 years old. (His birthday is on 16 June 1997... He's actually younger than Toy Story.)


A post shared by KJ Apa (@kjapa) onJan 22, 2017 at 10:12pm PST


He's originally from New Zealand and is one half Samoan.


A post shared by KJ Apa (@kjapa) onJan 18, 2016 at 1:27am PST


SPOILER ALERT: He's not a real ginger. He dyed his hair for Riverdale and it took almost 10 hours in the salon to achieve the spicy hue. 


A post shared by KJ Apa (@kjapa) onJan 6, 2014 at 5:54pm PST


Riverdale is his first major US acting role. He was previously a series regular on a New Zealand soap called Shortland Street.


A post shared by KJ Apa (@kjapa) onJul 23, 2016 at 6:20pm PDT


Just like Archie, he's a pretty talented musician too. He can play guitar and piano. 


A post shared by KJ Apa (@kjapa) onMay 18, 2014 at 11:03pm PDT


He's got a tattoo on his right shoulder in honour of his father's Samoan heritage.


A post shared by KJ Apa (@kjapa) onJan 24, 2015 at 8:04pm PST


And he's a lover of animals. We love him already.


A post shared by KJ Apa (@kjapa) onMar 9, 2015 at 11:52pm PDT


Anyway, back to Archie. If you've ever read or seen or simply laid your eyes on the original illustrations from the Archie Comics, you'll know that Archie wasn't originally a regulation hottie. 

via The Wrap

So imagine everyone's surprise when he showed up looking ripped and sweaty with luscious ginger locks and abs that you can grate a block of cheese on. Everyone is shook and confused and we're only on Episode 4...

To be honest, there's more to Riverdale than 'Hot Archie' and we shouldn't objectify him like that rat Ms Grundy but... *smirk emoji*