Kian on the Intersection of YouTube and Acting for ETOnline

Back in October, while on a fan screening release of his second movie Shovel Buddies, Kian gave ET Online an interview about how he jumped from YouTube to the big screen.

“Whether it’s singing, modeling, acting, you name it, they always label you as the YouTuber, the social media kid, the social media star. It’s something that I’ve heard — a lot — but I kind of just put it to the side.”

“If I want to act, I’m gonna act. And if I consider myself an actor, that’s all that matters to me,” he says. “I get referred to as the social media kid on set, but I don’t let it bother me.” He pauses and then adds: “I try not to.”

“Acting was for sure my main goal in life. That was my ambition. That was my, like, passion from a young age,” he explains to ET. “I grew up watching Jim Carrey and I was like, ‘I want to be like him. I want to do what exactly what he does.’ YouTube was just a platform, kind of like a trampoline to, like, bounce into it at a faster rate. You know what I mean?”

“I’m known as a person who, like, steps out of the comfort zone,” he explains. “Who kind of breaks the rules and crosses the line in the sense of making YouTube videos. I don’t really follow the rules of like — not traditional, but how everyone does YouTube. And it’s kind of made me more cautious and conscious of what I put into my videos. Like, I’m looking out for stuff that could hurt me in the future or could possibly be bad for my– You know…” He tosses his hands in the air as he tries to think of another way to phrase it, but ultimately fails. “My brand. Or my career. I’m just kind of aware of how I make my videos now. I act like a kid and I feel like I need to grow up a little bit. A little bit. Not too much.”

Read the original article here.


Kian Lawley for uInterview

“Kian Lawley is a famous YouTuber and up-and-coming actor from Iowa. He was born on September 2, 1995. His family moved to California when he was at the age of 5, and shortly thereafter his parents got divorced. In 2010, at the age of 15, he created his first YouTube channel – SuperKian13, which has more than three million subscribers now. He quickly became an Internet sensation with millions of followers on various social media in addition to all of his YouTube channels.


When asked about how he got started with YouTube, Lawley told uInterview, “I watched a couple of people on YouTube and then I just got inspired… If they can do it, I can pick up a camera and do it myself.”

Besides his personal account, in 2010 Lawley also started a channel with his best friend Sam Pottorff. This put the beginning of a number of collaborative projects, most notably the group known as Our2ndLife (O2L). O2L members included Ricky Dillon, Sam Pottorff, Jc Caylen, Trevor Moran and Connor Franta until the group’s dissolution in December 2014. Earlier that year, Lawley launched a channel with his friend, roommate and fellow O2L collaborator Jc Caylen called KianAndJc, where the two YouTubers upload weekly skits and challenges.”

Full article and video at uInterview

Kian Lawley On Shovel Buddies for uInterview

Shovel Buddies centers on the death of a teenager named Jimmy, who calls upon a trio of young survivors to fulfill his dying wish – getting buried in his favorite football jersey. The trio includes Jimmy’s sister Kate (Thorne), Jimmy’s childhood friend Dan (Lawley) and Jimmy’s little brother Lump, played by Anton Starkman.

Since Jimmy made his dying wish via Snapchat – the social media app that lets users send short videos that expire upon being viewed – those called upon to carry out the wish have trouble proving the legitimacy of it to Jimmy’s parents. “So we have to steal a body. We steal a body in the film. We steal a dead kid,” Thorne explained to uInterview in an exclusive video interview at SXSW in Austin, Tex.

Jokes aside, Thorne revealed that her character Kate is not only trying to cope with the passing of her young brother, but she’s also trying to navigate her way through the pitfalls of being a teenage girl.

“I think the one thing that girls are always so worried about is that when they have sex with a guy, the guy will never talk to them again,” said Thorne. “So, not only is she dealing with the loss of her brother, she’s also dealing with being humiliated and she’s not self-confident, kinda sleeping around to get out of that head space. I think that’s super damaging, and I think it happens really often.”

Throughout Shovel Buddies, which deals with death and the sexual politics of high school, there’s humor. For Thorne and Lawley, bringing that to the film was a breeze thanks to their easy chemistry with one another on and off screen.

“The chemistry was there,” Lawley said. “Like how in real life I’ll say something stupid and she’ll come back and she’ll say like – ”

“‘You’re stupid Kian,’” Thorne chimed in. The back and forths between Lawley and Thorne’s characters were some of Lawley’s favorite parts of Shovel Buddies. “I remember we were going to the casket to open him and I said something like, ‘We should take a picture for Facebook,’ and she came back with one of her funny [retorts],” Lawley recalled.”

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Kian Lawley on Shovel Buddies for CNBC

“The movie will also tap into Awesomeness’ staple of teen influencers, including Kian Lawley, who has more than 6 million followers on YouTube and Instagram. He took the role because though he does mostly comedic work on YouTube, he wanted to branch out into drama.

“As someone who started in the digital background, it’s an easier, better, faster platform to bounce off of,” Lawley said. “You already have so much momentum, and you already have the experience. You’re already comfortable being in front of the camera.”

He pointed out that his huge following helped him secure a leading role despite being a newer actor.

“Social media stars are kind of taking the traditional route, like movies,” he said. “I just saw someone got announced as a series regular on Disney. I think it’s becoming blurred (whether you’re a digital or traditional actor).””


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Kian Lawley interview for The Wrap

“Lawley, a YouTube star who started dipping his toes into feature films with 2015’s “The Chosen,” told TheWrap that he wants to continue on both mediums.

“I’m trying to merge, I’m not trying to transition,” he said. “I don’t plan to ditch to YouTube, I plan to do both, but it’s getting a lot more comfortable for me to dive into a new character.””

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Behind The Scenes with The Chosen movie: Kian Lawley

Made in Hollywood spoke with director Ben Jeoshua and actress Angelica Chitwood to discuss their latest film, “The Chosen,” starring YouTube’s Kian Lawley.

Ben said Kian Lawley “is the manifestation of a younger Jim Carrey”.

Angelica Chitwood – who plays Cameron’s sister – said working with Kian was a blast. “He made sure to make every moment full of laugh”.

Watch the full interview on YouTube.

Credits to MadeinHollywoodTV.

Kian Lawley for Variety Youth Impact Report


“The 19-year-old (he’s 20 now) YouTube vlogger, digital superstar and actor started as part of the now-defunct YouTube supergroup Our2ndLife and now has 5 million fans across social media and his YouTube channel, Superkian13. Recent highlights include making his feature debut in thriller “The Chosen,” starring with Bella Thorne in “Shovel Buddies” for AwesomenessTV, “winning a Teen Choice Award, and the kick-off of my collaborative KianAndJc YouTube channel with my partner Jc Caylen.” He’s excited about “producing more original content, working on more pictures and dipping my toes in more genres of film.””


Original article @ Variety

Kian and Jc on article about Tour Before The Tour in Sacramento

““It’s not something that happened overnight we had to work for it,” said Lawley of his massive fan base. (…)

The fan base of celebrities like Lawley is due to the rapid democratization of the entertainment industry, according to his manager Andrew Graham.
Graham, a senior talent manager at Big Frame, said that the audience having complete control of what, when and how they consume media partnered with the ability to give real-time feedback is key to success. Graham stated that in a few years consumers will have a larger role in shaping what is being produced, eventually becoming producers themselves.”

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