Archie ac­tor thinks Van­cou­ver is ‘kind of bor­ing’

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It takes more than a soda shop to keep Archie An­drews en­ter­tained in Van­cou­ver.

New Zealand ac­tor K.J. Apa, who plays Archie in the dark and gritty teen drama Riverdale, says film­ing The CW/Net­flix se­ries in Hol­ly­wood North is “kind of bor­ing.” “The food is re­ally good. “The only thing is when you live there for a long time, it can get kind of bor­ing. The city is not the big­gest city in the world and it shuts early, which I guess is kind of good,” Apa told Kelly Ripa dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on Live with Kelly and Ryan.

“It keeps you com­ing to work the next day,” replied co-host Ryan Seacrest.

The Riverdale ac­tor made head­lines last month when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a light pole while driv­ing home to Van­cou­ver fol­low­ing a 16-hour day on set in the Fraser Val­ley. Apa es­caped se­vere in­jury. The Riverdale cast may be bored here but they are def­i­nitely not anony­mous.

The show’s stars had a cou­ple of un­friendly and well-pub­li­cized en­coun­ters with Van­cou­verites while shoot­ing the show’s sec­ond sea­son.

Cole Sprouse, who plays Jug­head Jones, clashed with a busker on Rob­son Street af­ter the woman re­fused to stop singing while the crew filmed nearby, and Lili Rein­hart, who stars as Betty Cooper, took to so­cial me­dia to lash out at a fan who crit­i­cized the cast fol­low­ing an awk­ward in­ter­ac­tion down­town.

“You do not have the right to ap­proach STRANGERS and throw your arms around us like you know us. What you did was not cool, and in­ap­pro­pri­ate,” Rein­hart stated in a se­ries of tweets.

Riverdale’s Sea­son 2 pre­miere aired Wed­nes­day night on The CW and was avail­able for stream­ing on Net­flix on Thurs­day.

Mis­sion restau­rant Rocko’s Fam­ily Diner, which dou­bles as Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe on the show, is hold­ing a view­ing a party Thurs­day (7-10 p.m.).

Apa is not the first TV star to throw a lit­tle shade on bor­ing old Van­cou­ver.

Do­minic Pur­cell, who plays Lin­coln Bur­rows in the B.C.-filmed Fox se­ries Prison Break, re­ferred to the city as a “gu­lag” while com­plain­ing about our wet weather and home­less prob­lem in an In­sta­gram post last year.

“Peo­ple say we had three days of sun­shine like Santa just ar­rived. Well con­grat­u­la­tions,” Pur­cell wrote. “I grew up in Aus­tralia, yo and have lived in the beau­ti­ful sunny Cal­i­for­nia for 20 years where I surf and play in the ocean.”

K.J. APA — THE CANA­DIAN PRESS FILES

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