Riverdale star KJ Apa opens up about love life and loneliness

Kj Apa
Apa says he's never had a girlfriend. Photo credit: Getty

Riverdale star KJ Apa has talked about his bad luck with women in a new interview, saying he's never had a girlfriend and his dates don't always go to plan. 

The 20-year-old Kiwi actor is currently single, telling Cosmopolitan he's just been too busy and "waiting for the right time and right girl". 

"I don't know how much I have to offer to someone right now," Apa says.

He revealed that "every now and then" he'll go on a date, but he has to check his behaviour. 

"I eat pretty fast and I remember one of the first dates I ever went on, I forgot you need to slow down, and I finished my meal in like two minutes and she was like, 'Oh'." 

Apa also spoke about his relationship with his "biggest role model" - his dad - who owns a chain of childcare centres back here in New Zealand.

"His legitimate favorite thing to do is hang out with his kids and his wife. When I need to get emotional in scenes, all I need to do is imagine my dad sitting at a café alone, drinking a coffee." 

The ex-Shortland Street star opened up about how lonely he was when he first left New Zealand to shoot the film A Dog's Purpose in Canada, when he was 18. Apa says he cried every night for the first three weeks and listened to Ricky Gervais podcasts to cheer himself up.

"I was just lonely," he says. "That made me realise we, as humans, need other humans. 

"You can't really do things alone. I don't think it's that healthy."

He also revealed that he didn't get along with his Riverdale co-stars, when they first started filming. 

"I was fresh out of New Zealand, no-one understood what I was saying and they were hanging out all the time," he says. "They thought that I didn't like them. 

"We laugh about it now, but I really was in my own zone." 

Apa told the magazine that if he wasn't on the hit Netflix show, he'd be back in Aeoteroa. 

"I reckon if I wasn't acting, I'd either be playing rugby or just gigging at bars in New Zealand," he says. "Which I'd be happy to do."