Celebrate the A100, the most impactful Asian Pacific Leaders.

KJ Apa, Charles Melton

Cast, Riverdale

KJ Apa
KJ Apa is a New Zealand actor, singer and musician. He has received various accolades, including a Saturn Award and nominations for an MTV Movie & TV Award, two People’s Choice Awards and two Teen Choice Awards, and was appointed the matai title of Savae chief of his village Moata’a in September 2022.

He began acting playing Kane Jenkins in the New Zealand primetime soap opera Shortland Street from 2013 to 2015. In 2017, Apa was cast in the lead role of Archie Andrews in the CW drama series Riverdale. In film, Apa has starred in A Dog’s Purpose (2017), The Hate U Give (2018) and I Still Believe (2020). In 2021, he released his debut solo album, the indie folk-rock album Clocks, which received some attention on Spotify and TikTok.

Charles Melton
Charles Melton is one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors who continues to captivate audiences with his charismatic performances on film and television.

Melton recently wrapped production on May December directed by Todd Haynes and starring opposite Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman. The film centers on a married couple whose lives begin to buckle under pressure when an actress arrives to do research for a movie about their past – including the couple’s notorious May-December tabloid romance that once gripped the nation.

His past feature credits include the Paramount+ comedy Secret Headquarters opposite Owen Wilson and Sony’s Bad Boys for Life, in the highly successful third installment of the Bad Boys franchise. In 2019, he played the lead role of ‘Daniel Bae,’ in the Warner Bros.’ feature, The Sun Is Also a Star, opposite Yara Shahidi. Directed by Ry Russo-Young and based on the New York Times best-seller by Nicola Yoon, the film chronicles the whirlwind romance between ‘Daniel,’ the son of Korean immigrants, and ‘Natasha,’ played by Shahidi.

On television, Melton is currently shooting The CW’s series, Riverdale. In its seventh and final season, the series is a modern-day reimagining of the Archie Comics. He can be seen in the Peacock mystery-drama series Poker Face opposite Natasha Lyonne.

In 2021, he was announced as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador.