KJ Apa unrecognisable after dramatic transformation: 'Who's that?'

Riverdale star KJ Apa shocked fans this week after debuting a new look to Instagram, with many saying he looked unrecognisable.

The 25-year-old Kiwi actor ditched his signature red locks and swapped it for a buzz cut with his natural brown hair.

KJ Apa with red hair
KJ Apa has ditched his signature red locks for a brown buzzcut. Photo: Getty

"Reset. One Fast Move," he wrote on Instagram, with the new look coinciding with his new film One Fast Move, about motorcycle racing.

"OMG. I ❤️❤️❤️," his onscreen mum Molly Ringwald commented.


"Damn brother. Fresh to death!" director Brando Crawford added.

"Who dis!?!?" Virgin River's Colin Lawrence said.

"Who’s that?" Cinderella's Nicholas Galitzine also joked.

"Lean, mean, clean and air stream! Looking good bud. #OneFastMove is going to be so siiiiiick," Cougar Town's Brian Van Holt wrote.

KJ Apa buzz cut
KJ shocked fans with the new look, with some saying they didn't recognise him. Photo: Instagram/KJ Apa

"Oh I’m loving this hair," one fan wrote.

"I literally didn’t recognize you at first," someone else wrote.

"No more Archie, this is KJ," another added.

"I just passed out," a third joked.

"OMG I didn’t think he could get any better," someone else commented.

KJ has started work on One Fast Move alongside Euphoria's Eric Dane, with the film shooting in Atlanta, according to Deadline.

The actor welcomed his first son Sasha Vai Keneti with model girlfriend Clara Berry in September last year and has been sharing sweet glimpses into their life since.

While KJ plays Archie Andrews, one of the most popular redheads in pop culture, he's naturally a brunette and had to dye his hair every two weeks for the role.

"It's pretty gnarly, man," he told Vulture. "I had to go to the salon every two weeks to get it dyed and bleached and stuff. So yeah, it's not my favourite thing to do, but obviously, I've got to do it because the roots keep coming up and my hair grows really fast.

"So, two weeks max I can go shooting, and then I have to get it dyed again. I’m sitting there for at least two-and-a-half hours, so I'm on my iPad and I read some scripts and stuff. I keep myself entertained."

And it wasn't just the actor's hair that needed to be dyed, with KJ describing the process of changing his eyebrow colour as well.

"They ended up bleaching my eyebrows, and I had two holes — they burnt into my skin," he added. "I was like, 'Oh, my, we've got to sort this out.' Luckily, I haven’t had that again, but yeah, it was pretty gnarly."

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