Remembering a great. Luke Perry’s death is still at the forefront of the Riverdale cast’s minds, but star KJ Apa is doing his best to focus on the positive lessons he learned from his on-screen father before his death.
“I think Luke had an amazing ability to make every single person in the room feel very welcome and feel really comfortable,” Apa, 21, told Us Weekly exclusively at the premiere of Netflix’s The Last Summer at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood. “He would do anything you can to make everyone feel comfortable. And I think, for me, that was something that I was always in awe about.”
The New Zealand native, who plays Griffin in the streaming service’s new flick, explained that Perry had “such a huge career,” but always remained humble. Apa continued, “He never forgot about people from day one. He remembered everyone’s names. He kept in touch with high school friends from, like, 30 years ago, to, like, right up until the day that he passed away. So yeah, I mean, he’s my role model. And he always will be.”
The Hate U Give actor added that the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum’s death is “still pretty fresh for everyone,” so it is hard to talk about.
Apa reiterated his admiration for Perry during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on April 26. “It’s not every day you come across a guy like Luke,” the Dog’s Purpose actor gushed. “He would call my parents every week and keep them updated on how I’m doing.”
Perry and Apa played father-son-duo Fred and Archie Andrews on the hit CW series since season one. The late actor made his final appearance on the show during the April 24 episode.
With reporting by Taylor Ferber