‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: ‘Riverdale’ Star KJ Apa Really Wants to Compete on the Show

Actor and musician KJ Apa generated a huge fan base from playing Riverdale‘s Archie Andrews. However, he got his start with the primetime soap opera Shortland Street. Apa is looking to expand his career in new, unexpected ways. He recently said that he really wants to join RuPaul’s Drag Race with his drag persona, but he does have some concerns.

‘Riverdale’ star KJ Apa has a drag persona named Fifi

'Riverdale' star KJ Apa wants to star on 'RuPaul's Drag Race' on a step and repeat
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NME recently interviewed Apa, where he talked about RuPaul’s Drag Race and his drag persona, Fifi. He has a TikTok account for his drag queen persona, although he remains male-presenting in his videos thus far. Apa recalled the Fifi identity and how she came to be.

“No one’s asked me about Fifi before, but she’s been living inside of me for a long time,” Apa said. “I have quite literally known and messed with this character since I was 8, 9, 10 years old. She allows me to express the feminine side of myself through moving and my physicality.”

He continued: “My sisters would dress me up in drag as a kid – I’d put on lipstick and wear wigs and stuff – and I used to love exploring that part [of myself]. It was epic.”

KJ Apa wants to star on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Apa expressed that he’s very interested in RuPaul’s Drag Race. He really wants to be on the reality television competition show, but he doesn’t believe that he has much hope of being cast or winning. Apa highly respects the drag queen contestants and recognizes that they’re at the top of the drag art industry.

“I love watching RuPaul’s Drag Race and I’ve told my agents I want to be on that show,” Apa said to NME. “But at the same time, RuPaul’s Drag Race and the characters on that show, they’re the real deal, they’re the most authentic. I don’t think I’d be allowed on that show because I’m not the real deal.”

Apa returned back to talking about Fifi and her importance. The art of drag is a source of power for many queens. RuPaul’s Drag Race frequently shows this power.

“But why did I share Fifi with the world?,” Apa asked himself. “Because it’s not something that I feel like I need to hide. I am proud of Fifi. I really enjoy that [side of myself].”

The perfect fit for ‘RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race’

RuPaul’s Drag Race is the “Olympics of Drag”. Some contestants compete who aren’t quite ready for the show. RuPaul expects these drag artists to already have a firm understanding of their drag identity and their art.

Apa would be an excellent candidate for RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race. The show introduces celebrities and the reality television show’s calling cards. Apa would be a step ahead of his competition with already having a drag persona. His fans would absolutely love to see Fifi show what she’s got on television.

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