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.

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Kian Lawley plays “Bean Boy” in new movie ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’

Kian Lawley is currently in Atlanta, Georgia to film his 4th movie called Boo! A Madea Halloween, written, produced, directed and starred by Tyler Perry. Along with Kian (who plays Bean Boy) other youtubers like Jc Caylen (as Mikey) and FouseyTUBE were casted. Lionsgate will release the film on October 21, 2016.

In this movie, Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.

Read more about the movie: Variety, The Wrap, Deadline, Coming Soon.

ON SET: Before I Fall

Here you’ll find everything that happens with Kian while filming “Before I Fall”.


 

11/25

Kian arrives in Vancouver, Canada to start filming.

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11/28 & 11/29

AwesomenessTV posted some pics and videos of Kian on social media.

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Kian (Rob) with Zoey Deutch (Sam) on set.

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Kian with Rodrigo Mendoza on set.

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11/30

Kian went back to LA for a while, he will be back in Vancouver mid December.

12/11

Kian is back in Vancouver but this time he brought his friend Corey La Barrie with him.

12/12

Kian didn’t start filming yet but he is enjoying the city.

12/13

Kian leaving the hotel to film (via fans on social media).

12/14

Kian didn’t film.

12/15

Kian on set via Snapchat.

Kian and Zoey playing around before filming.

Kian getting ready to film. (via Instagram)

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Kian on set.

12/16

Kian’s last day of filming.

That’s a wrap!

Kian Lawley as Rob in new movie “Before I Fall”

Kian is one of the five actors who have been added to the cast of “Before I Fall”, an upcoming feature film produced by AwesomenessTV.

Adapted from Lauren Oliver’s novel, the movie stars Zoey Deutch as a high school senior named Samantha Kingston with a seemingly perfect life, complete with her gorgeous boyfriend Rob (Kian Lawley) and inseparable best friends, until – after a fatal car accident – she’s stuck reliving the last day of her life (Feb. 12) over and over again.

Read more about the movie on Tubefilter, EW, Deadline (scroll down), TheMovieNetwork, VideoInkNews and also on YvrsShoot.

Shovel Buddies article on Teen Vogue

“The sun’s going down as we watch the cast of Shovel Buddies prepare for a night shoot amidst huge flood lights and even bigger mountains of dirt. The flick—produced by Awesomeness Films and starring Bella Thorne, Kian Lawley, Alex Neustaedter, Philip Labes, and Anton Starkman—takes place mostly over the course of a single night. “The tone of this movie has to be in the shadows,” writer Jason Hellerman explains. “For these characters, in the darkness of their own lives, it’s weird if it’s sunny out.”

The plot, which centers around a group of friends trying to complete the dying wishes of a leukemia patient, Sammy, is bound to have its share of serious moments. Surprisingly, there’s plenty of humor here too (think the darkly funny kind). When Sammy’s friends receive a posthumous Snapchat request—to bury him in his football jersey—they wind up accidentally stealing the body. You probably don’t need us to tell you this, but things start getting a little out of control after the unintentional body snatching.

It’s the kind of story that will make you laugh and cry in equal parts, mostly because it feels so true to life. That definitely has a lot to do with Jason’s inspiration; his own friend Mike was diagnosed with stage IV leukemia, and passed away. To come to terms with his own feelings, Jason channeled his energy into rewriting the script until he felt he had fully tapped into his characters’ emotions. So if you watch this and notice that the characters are behaving and reacting like actual, non-imaginary people would to a friend’s death, you’re right. As Bella puts it, many of the characters give off certain first impressions, but there’s definitely much more complex stuff to be unraveled underneath.

“People tend to be glamorized when they pass away, so the film is about realizing who someone is, in both their positive and negative qualities,” echoes Philip, who plays Sammy. His positive qualities? “He made it about trying to enjoy your life while you’re alive.”

Click through our slideshow for the full scoop on the shovel buddies, introduced by the ones who know them best: Bella, Kian, Alex, and Anton.”

Slideshow: http://www.teenvogue.com/gallery/bella-thorne-shovel-buddies-set-visit

“Kian Lawley as Dan,(Sammy’s Best Friend)

“Dan is a badass. He gets himself into trouble a lot by saying what’s on his mind; he speak freely. He doesn’t really care about other people’s feelings. But deep down, he does care a lot about his friends. Dan’s more direct, he doesn’t beat around the bush. Overall, he’s badass though.”

How Kian relates to Dan:

“My character is very outspoken. He speaks his mind and doesn’t really care about other people’s feelings when he says it. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I do that! But sometimes I say things that probably shouldn’t be said, at the wrong times. I’m one of those people that giggle at a funeral, just randomly. But he still has values and values his friendship with Sammy—he’s authentic.””

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