Could you imagine if Riverdale *didn't* scale the world, and find GORGEOUS KJ Apa all the way in New Zealand?! It would have been a tragedy, and this is why:
But in all seriousness, could you imagine any other actor filling the role of Archie?
Well, it shouldn't be surprising that there were other contenders. What is surprising is that someone who lost out to KJ is now starring in another major TV series... Famous In Love
If you have yet to watch I. Marlene King's newest show, then we heavily advise. Not only because it stars Bella Thorne, but the boys on it are MEGA-BABES. One, especially being Charlie De Pew.
In a new feature for NKD magazine, Charlie reveals how he was in the running to play Archie...
"After losing the role [as Archie] the first time, I actually went out and auditioned for The CW. It was between me and KJ Apa and I think we all know how that ended up. After that, I was really ready to just step away from acting for awhile; thank God I didn’t quit when I thought I would because everything worked out the way that it was meant to."
And it did work out, because he got the role as Jake Salt in FIL, and he #nails it.
"I sent a taped audition and three months later, I got a call saying they wanted me to test for Jake Salt. I didn’t end up getting the part and in December of 2015, after the pilot was shot, they found out that the show was picked up but that the cast was put on hold. There ended up being a re-cast for the character of Jake and I knew this was my second shot."
The world works in mysterious ways, doesn't it?