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KJ Apa gets ‘angry’ when people think he’s Australian

by WENN February 18th, 2020, 9:34 am

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KJ Apa is tired of fans thinking he's Australian because of his accent.

The Riverdale actor, who was born in New Zealand, appeared on Monday's installment of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he spoke about fans mistakenly thinking he is Australian.

The 22-year-old said: "At least once a day (due to my accent) I get mistaken for being an Australian."

"You sound like you're angry at that," Ellen jokingly replied, before asking whether he believes New Zealand is a better country than Australia.

"I do, I do, definitely. New Zealand is the most beautiful place on earth and there is nothing that can kill you there," he jokingly told Ellen. "In Australia, your wife (Australian actress Portia De Rossi) will tell you there's a lot of spiders, a lot of poisonous creatures that will kill you, but in New Zealand there is no predators."

KJ earned his first major acting gig as Kane Jenkins on New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street from 2013 to 2015, before landing his starring role as Archie Andrews on Netflix's hit comic book series.