The star of Riverdale recently endured a car crash that has begun to put scrutiny on Warner Bros. Television’s shooting process and how it affects actors, with the SAG-AFTRA investigating the set for safety issues.
K.J. Apa crashed his car driving home after filming a 14-hour day on the set of Riverdale’s second season, causing actors protesting the long production hours. Warner Bros. Television issued a statement in response to the accident:
First and foremost, we are extremely grateful that KJ Apa was uninjured during his recent accident. Secondarily, we want to specifically address the characterization that conditions on the set of Riverdale are of concern. We have a large cast of series regulars, and our actors do not work every day. On the day of the accident, KJ worked 14.2 hours. The previous day he worked 2.5 hours, and the day before that he worked 7.7 hours.
KJ has repeatedly been informed about making production aware if he is tired or feels unsafe, and if so, either a ride or hotel room will be provided for him. The accident occurred last Thursday. Additionally, it is untrue that KJ was taken to the hospital. He was treated by first responders on the scene and released by them. We also sent a doctor to his home later that same day for a follow-up to confirm his well-being.
The production takes place in Vancouver, Canada, and Apa’s drive home is reported to be around 45 minutes.
The actors of the production will have a conference call with WBTV executives on Friday to discuss safety concerns pertaining to the long production hours on the set.
Though Apa’s accident did not occur while filming, it is the third production to have a major accident with one of its performers this year alone. Stuntwoman Joi Harris passed away after an accident while performing a stunt for Deadpool 2, and stuntman John Bernecker died while filming for The Walking Dead’s eighth season.
Riverdale returns to The CW for Season Two on Wednesday, October 11.
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