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,
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, "LiaMarieJohnson", was reported to have received 13 million views.[1] In 2014, this was reported to have increased to 39 million views and 705,000 subscribers, while her Instagram account was followed by 205,000 followers, in an Adweek profile that referred to her 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 has been featured on the covers of Adweek and BYou Magazine.[2][6]


List of acting performances in film and television
Title Year Role Notes
Expelled 2015 Alongside Cameron Dallas and Marcus Johns
Terry the Tomboy 2014 Terry Debut June 21, 2014 on Nickelodeon
YouTubers React 2014–present Herself The Fine Brothers
AwesomenessTV 2013–present Various
Spirits 2013 Kaelyn Farrow 3 episodes
Counterpunch 2013 Lia
MyMusic 2012–present Rayna 14 episodes
Finding Cody 2012 Lilli
Terry the Tomboy 2012–2014 Terry AwesomenessTV Skit
Teens Wanna Know 2012 Guest 1 episode
It's a Criminal World 2012 Segment: "Shattered Allegiance"
Open Your Eyes 2012 Short
Nerd Wars! 2012 Doris Short
The Rehearsal 2011 Penny
Teens React 2011–2014 Herself The Fine Brothers
Monster in My Swimming Pool 2011 Katie Short
OMGtv!! LIVE 2010–2011 Herself 3 episodes
Sidewalk Symphony 2010 Female drummer Short
The Station 2010 Bethanny 1 episode
Kids React 2010–2011 Herself The Fine Brothers
Shane Dawson TV 2010 Girl watching Degrassi Episode: "Girl Watching Degrassi"
The Ryan and Randi Show 2010 Singer Short
Cam Gigandet vs. Twilight Fans 2009 Fan #7 Video short
Collide 2009 Little girl Short
The Unit 2009 Soccer player 1 episode (uncredited)
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! 2009 Cheerleader One episode (credited as Lia Johnson)
I Do and I Don't 2009 Kim (age 10) Short
Shattered Allegiance 2009 Danielle Rourke (age 10) Short
When Weather Changed History 2008 Granddaughter 1 episode
No Man's Land 2008

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  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 10–16). Photography by Karl J. Kaul. "Meet 12 of the Biggest Young Stars on YouTube". Adweek (Prometheus Global Media) LV (10). Retrieved June 7, 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
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  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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