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KJ Apa Opens Up About Stepping Into 'The Hate U Give' Role

KJ Apa Opens Up About Stepping Into 'The Hate U Give' Role

Last summer, The Hate U Give re-casted the role of Chris after Kian Lawley‘s controversial past tweets were unearthed, and KJ Apa stepped in.

Now, in a new interview, KJ is opening up about taking over the part and what he learned from the upcoming movie.

“I wasn’t intimidated by it,” he shared. “I knew the circumstances when I walked into that film and I was picked for it. I knew what I had to do. I knew how to play the character, I can relate to the character.”

KJ adds, “All I was really worrying about is doing the character justice and being honest with it because it really is an important character in the film. Obviously, I was aware of the situation when I was on set, but it was pretty smooth runnings. It wasn’t as gnarly as people might think.”

He also spoke about avoiding being typecast with the role.

“It’s easy to fall into that trap, so the goal for me and my team is to always push hard for work during the hiatus,” KJ says. “Whether it’s like a small movie or a big movie. We’ve managed [to book] two amazing movies and The Hate U Give was awesome.”

Amandla Stenberg is amazing in it,” KJ gushed. “I haven’t seen the movie, but all I’ve heard about it is that it’s a really important film that I’m so happy to be a part of and I can’t wait to be able to see it.”

The Hate U Give opens in October.

KJ Apa Reveals He's 'Addicted' To Getting Tattoos

KJ Apa Reveals He's 'Addicted' To Getting Tattoos

KJ Apa is one of our fave stars who sport serious ink on their bodies.

The Riverdale actor opened up to People over the weekend about his tattoos and his no regret policy on getting them.

On top of his neck tattoo, a shoulder one, and one on his forearm, KJ also has another tattoo of a bumblebee with a wreath around it – it matches with his grandmother and mom.

“I got the wreath around it when I was actually waiting for another tattoo that is on my left shoulder,” he shared. “I’m addicted to them — I love tattoos, I love the art of them, and I love the experience of getting them.”

KJ adds that he has a no regrets philosophy about the tattoos he does have.

“I’m straight in there,” he says. “I don’t think about it, otherwise, when you think about it you might end up changing your mind.”

Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart Get Photobombed by KJ Apa at the Teen Choice Awards!

Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart Get Photobombed by KJ Apa at the Teen Choice Awards!

No one is safe from KJ Apa and that includes his Riverdale co-stars Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart!

The 21-year-old actor sat behind the real-life couple at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards and photobombed them during a funny moment on Sunday night (August 12) at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

“No one is safe,” KJ captioned the photo on his Instagram account.

Riverdale won ten awards at the event and the show was the big winner of the night!

FYI: Lili is wearing a Monique Lhuillier dress, Olgana Paris shoes, and EF Collection jewelry.

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Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, & 'Riverdale' Stars Are Teen Choice 2018's Big Winners!

Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, & 'Riverdale' Stars Are Teen Choice 2018's Big Winners!

Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart walk the red carpet at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards held at The Forum on Sunday (August 12) in Inglewood, Calif.

The stars of Riverdale went home with ten awards at the show, including Choice Drama TV Show. Some of the other cast members who attended the event included KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch (with boyfriend Travis Mills), Vanessa Morgan, and Mark Consuelos.

Cole won Choice Drama TV Actor and Choice Male Hottie, Lili won Choice Drama TV Actress, Mark won Choice TV Villain, Vanessa won Choice Breakout TV Star and Choice Scene Stealer, Madelaine won Choice Hissy Fit, and Cole and Lili won both Choice TV Ship and Choice Liplock.

FYI: Lili is wearing a Monique Lhuillier dress, Olgana Paris shoes, and EF Collection jewelry. Madelaine is wearing a Giambattista Valli top and pants, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, and APM Monaco jewelry. Camila is wearing a Fendi dress, Sophia Webster shoes, and Jacquie Aiche earrings. KJ is wearing Dzojchen. Cole is wearing Saint Laurent. Vanessa is wearing a Majorelle top and skirt.

30+ pictures inside of the Riverdale cast at the show… More Here! »

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Riverdale's Cole Sprouse & KJ Apa Catch Their Flight Ahead of Teen Choice Awards 2018!

Riverdale's Cole Sprouse & KJ Apa Catch Their Flight Ahead of Teen Choice Awards 2018!

The stars of Riverdale are on their way to Los Angeles for the 2018 Teen Choice Awards!

Cole Sprouse and KJ Apa were both seen walking to catch their plane out of Vancouver International Airport on Saturday (August 11) in Vancouver, Canada.

They were joined by Lili Reinhart and Vanessa Morgan.

The co-stars, who are in town filming season three, stopped to sign autographs and snap pics with fans who recognized them.

On the plane, KJ ran into Kiss musician Gene Simmons!

“Gene f–king Simmons, KJ captioned the Instagram photo below, while Gene added, “@sophietsimmons am I cool yet? Riverdale’s KJ Apa #ArchieMeetsKISS.”

The 2018 Teen Choice Awards will air live from the Forum in LA tomorrow at 8/7c on Fox. Almost everyone from Riverdale is nominated!

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10+ pictures inside of the Riverdale cast at the airport… More Here! »

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