Watch: 'Riverdale' Star K.J. Apa Wants to Unleash Drag Persona 'Fifi' on 'Drag Race'

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday October 25, 2021

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K.J. Apa  (Source:Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Will fans of "RuPaul's Drag Race" be tuning in someday to see "Fifi" — the feminine alter-ego of "Riverdale" star K.J. Apa — strutting her stuff? The Kiwi actor says he'd love to be on the show, Entertainment Weekly reports.

"I love watching 'RuPaul's Drag Race' and I've told my agents I want to be on that show," Apa enthused during a wide-ranging NME interview, in which he talked about being a new father (son Sasha was born to Apa and his girlfriend, Clara Berry, last month), as well as his debut CD. "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."

NME noted that Apa has already introduced Fifi on TikTok, in videos at the account @fifiisqueen, which show "Apa-as-Fifi dancing, gyrating and lip-syncing without self-consciousness."

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"It's a lot of fun," NME noted, "and a long way from high school jock Archie Andrews," the central character Apa plays on "Riverdale."

As fun as Fifi might be, Apa expressed doubt that "Drag Race" would feature the character, "because I'm not the real deal. But why did I share Fifi with the world? Because it's not something that I feel like I need to hide."

"I am proud of Fifi," Apa added, explaining that his feminine alter-ego has "been living inside of me for a long time."

"I have quite literally known and messed with this character since I was eight, nine, 10 years old," Apa continued. "She allows me to express the feminine side of myself through moving and my physicality."

Apa detailed some of Fifi's earliest manifestations. "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 himself, the actor recalled. "It was epic."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.