Lia Marie Johnson

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Lia Marie Johnson
A teenage blonde girl with black floral patterned top, seated behind a table draped in a white cloth looking forward at an unseen audience; a microphone in her right hand is held to her mouth as she gestures with her left hand.
Johnson at the 5th annual VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center in 2014.
Born (1996-11-23) November 23, 1996 (age 18)
Wahiawa, Hawaii, U.S.
Residence San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, guitarist, YouTube personality
Years active 2007–present
Known for MyMusic, YouTubers React, Teens React, Kids React, Expelled,
Terry the Tomboy

Lia Marie Johnson (born November 23, 1996) is an American teen actress and internet personality notable for appearing in a various web series created by the Fine Brothers, including the Emmy-winning web series Kids React, and for her own vlogging and social media output. In 2012 her personal YouTube channel, "Lia Marie Johnson", was reported to have received 13 million views.[1] In 2014, this was reported to have increased up-to 39 million views and 705,000 subscribers, while her Instagram account was followed by 1.1 million followers. In an Adweek profile she was referred to as one of "12 of the biggest young stars on YouTube".[2]

Life and career[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii, the daughter of a military family. Her family eventually settled in California.[1]

In 2012, in a combined episode of Teens React and Elders React about the 2012 United States presidential election, Johnson stated that she is a Democrat.[3]

Online activity and career[edit]

To be a YouTube star, just keep putting up videos and don't ever give up. It takes a while to catch on. It took me four years to get to where I am now. It just takes time.

Lia Marie Johnson, 2012[4]

Johnson's YouTube account was created on December 17, 2007, with early videos uploaded by her mother which featured her performances at talent shows,[4] and church recitals.[2] After two years, Johnson began to control the output of the channel, creating content that has come to include personal commentary, sketch comedy, and musical performances.[4] In 2010, Johnson began to work with the Fine Brothers as a recurring member of their Kids React series.[1] This exposure increased the traffic to her own channel and became an early source of her online fame. In the aftermath of the initial series episodes, she was surprised by the phenomenon of strangers knowing her and approaching her as fans, and remarked "I think 'Kids React' was my very first viral video, 'cus everyone knew my name after that."[4]

In 2011, Johnson was added to the recurring cast of the spin-off series "Teens React", and in 2014 was moved again to the newly established "YouTubers React", which featured herself and various well known YouTube personalities. In 2014, Johnson appeared at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards,[5] and starred in Terry the Tomboy: The Movie, a spin-off film based on the eponymous character she portrays on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series, AwesomenessTV.[6] She can currently be seen on YouTube singing with Alejandro Luis Manzano of Boyce Avenue presenting a new edge on a cover of the single, " Latch" by Disclosure. The song was originally sung by singer Sam Smith. Johnson has also been featured on the covers of Adweek and BYou Magazine.[2][6]


List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 No Man's Land
2008 When Weather Changed History Granddaughter 1 episode
2009 Shattered Allegiance Danielle Rourke (age 10) Short
2009 I Do and I Don't Kim (age 10) Short
2009 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Cheerleader One episode (credited as Lia Johnson)
2009 The Unit Soccer player 1 episode (uncredited)
2009 Collide Little girl Short
2009 Cam Gigandet vs. Twilight Fans Fan #7 Video short
2010 The Ryan and Randi Show Singer Short
2010 Shane Dawson TV Girl watching Degrassi Episode: "Girl Watching Degrassi"
2010–2011 Kids React Herself Fine Brothers Entertainment
2010 The Station Bethanny 1 episode
2010 Sidewalk Symphony Female drummer Short
2010–2011 OMGtv!! LIVE Herself 3 episodes
2011 Monster in My Swimming Pool Katie Short
2011–2014 Teens React Herself Fine Brothers Entertainment
2011 The Rehearsal Penny
2012 Nerd Wars! Doris Short
2012 Open Your Eyes Short
2012 It's a Criminal World Segment: "Shattered Allegiance"
2012 Teens Wanna Know Guest 1 episode
2012–2014 Terry the Tomboy Terry AwesomenessTV Skit
2012 Finding Cody Lilli
2012–present MyMusic Rayna 14 episodes
2013 Counterpunch Lia
2013 Spirits (2013 Web series) Kaelyn Farrow 3 episodes
2013–present AwesomenessTV Various
2014 Expelled Katie Alongside Cameron Dallas and Marcus Johns
2014 Terry the Tomboy Terry Debut June 21, 2014 on Nickelodeon
2014 React to That Herself
2014–present YouTubers React Herself Fine Brothers Entertainment

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Gallagher, Michael Aaron (12 July 2012). "Lia Marie Johnson always wears her sunshine (Exclusive Interview)". Stay Famous. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c T.L. Stanley (March 9, 2014). Photography by Karl J. Kaul. "Meet 12 of the Biggest Young Stars on YouTube". Adweek (Prometheus Global Media) LV (10). Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Teens/Elders React to Election 2012". YouTube. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d Lia Marie Johnson (interview participant) (August 22, 1012). YouTube Cutie Lia Marie Johnson Talks Past, Present, & Future (Video podcast). Santa Monica, California: Fanlala, Inc. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ Oliver, Dana (March 30, 2014). "Kids' Choice Awards 2014: Hollywood's Youngest Stars Do Crop Tops & Cutouts (PHOTOS)". Hufpost Style., Inc. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Lia Marie Johnson (interview participant) (May 27, 2014). Lia Marie Johnson Talks About Working with BYOU Magazine (Video podcast). Santa Monica, California: Fanlala, Inc. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 

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