A traffic collision involving the star of the CW series “Riverdale” has the studio defending its labor practices. Variety reports that Warner Bros. was sending out statements Thursday following a late-night crash involving K.J. Apa, who plays Archie on the series.
The studio was under scrutiny over its work schedule after reports surfaced that Apa got in the crash at the end of a 14-hour workday.
The Variety report quotes two statements issued Thursday by a studio spokesperson, who said: “The safety of the cast and crew on all of our productions is of paramount importance to the Studio. … Productions adhere to the Screen Actors Guild-mandated turnaround time of 12 hours from wrap time to next day call time for cast members.”
Apa was not significantly injured in the collision last week, although his vehicle reportedly suffered serious damage.
“Apa was treated by first responders on the scene and visited by doctors the following morning before returning to set the day after the crash,” Variety reports. “The actor had been driving a rental car after being involved in a minor accident near set a few days earlier.”
The Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a separate statement: “We have a large cast of series regulars, and our actors do not work every day. On the day of the accident, KJ worked 14.2 hours. The previous day he worked 2.5 hours, and the day before that he worked 7.7 hours. KJ has repeatedly been informed about making production aware if he is tired or feels unsafe, and if so, either a ride or hotel room will be provided for him.”