Troye Sivan

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Troye Sivan
Troye Sivan by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Sivan speaking at VidCon, June 2014
Background information
Birth name Troye Sivan Mellet
Born (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 19)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Origin Perth, Western Australia
Genres
Occupation(s) Actor, singer, songwriter, YouTube personality
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2006–present
Labels EMI Music Australia
Website www.troyesivan.com

Troye Sivan Mellet (/trɔɪ sɨˈvɑːn/; born 5 June 1995), better known as Troye Sivan, is a South African-born Australian actor, YouTuber, singer and songwriter. As an actor, he played young James Howlett in the 2009 X-Men film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and most recently has starred as the titular character in the Spud film trilogy. Sivan also regularly makes YouTube videos, and as of 20 December 2014, has over 3 million subscribers and over 154 million total views.[1]

On 15 August 2014, Sivan released his first major label EP, entitled TRXYE, which peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200. The lead single from the EP, "Happy Little Pill", reached number 10 in the Australian charts. He is currently in the process of writing and recording his debut full-length studio album.

His video, "The 'Boyfriend' Tag", with fellow vlogger Tyler Oakley earned the two a Teen Choice Award in the "Choice Web Collaboration" category. In October 2014, Time named Sivan as one of the "25 Most Influential Teens of 2014".[2]

Personal life[edit]

Sivan was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.[3][4] His family moved to Australia when he was two years old due to rising crime in the country.[5] Sivan currently lives in Perth, Western Australia with his parents and three siblings. His father is a real estate agent and his mother is a homemaker.[5] He is Jewish (his father was born to a Jewish family and his mother converted to Judaism).[6] Sivan attended Carmel School until 2009 when he started distance education.[7] Troye's middle name is "Sivan" and he embraced it as his stage name.

On 7 August 2010, Sivan revealed to his family that he is gay.[8] On 7 August 2013, he revealed his sexual orientation publicly through a video on his YouTube channel.[9]

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Sivan sung at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Channel Seven Perth Telethon.[10][11] His 2006 performance included a duet with Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian.[11] Sivan made it to the grand finals of StarSearch 2007.[10] His debut EP, Dare to Dream, was released in February 2008.[4] The EP includes five songs "There's a Hero", "Angels Brought Me Here", "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Unsung Hero" and "The Prayer".[4] On 20 September 2008, Sivan sang in the opening of Storm the Stage at the Burswood Entertainment Complex.[12] In February 2010, Sivan opened "We Are the World 25 for Haiti (YouTube Edition)", the collaborative music charity video produced by Lisa Lavie to help raise money for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

On 5 May 2013, Sivan uploaded a music video for his original song "The Fault in Our Stars", inspired by the novel of the same name by John Green. The video was filmed at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth where Sivan spent the day with two girls suffering from cancer, Kimmy and Montana. All proceeds from sales of the song was donated to the hospital, reaching over $14,000 as of 11 October 2013.[13]

On 5 June 2013, Sivan was signed to EMI Australia, a Universal Music Australia label, but kept it a secret until a year later. On August 15, 2014 he released a five-song EP entitled TRXYE, led by its first single "Happy Little Pill", which was released on July 25, 2014.[14] TRXYE debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 55 countries.[15] The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 the following week, scoring Sivan his first Top 10 album.[16] "Happy Little Pill" peaked at number 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments exceeding 35,000 copies.[17]

Acting[edit]

In 2007, Sivan starred as Oliver Twist in a production of Oliver! at the Regal Theatre.[11] In 2008, Sivan was cast in a West Australian short film, Betrand the Terrible.[18] In February 2008, Sivan was cast as young James Howlett in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sivan got the part after videos of his telethon performance were posted on YouTube, catching the attention of a Hollywood agent who contacted Sivan and asked him to send in an audition tape.[11] Though Kodi Smit-McPhee was already cast for this role, he was unable to be a part of the film, due to his other film, The Road.[19] In July 2009, he auditioned successfully for the lead role in Spud, a film adaptation of the 2005 novel by South African author John van de Ruit.[20] Filming took place in South Africa from early March to mid-April 2010.[21][22] The film was released in South Africa on 3 December 2010 and was later nominated for six SAFTAs, including a Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film nomination for Sivan.[23]

Sivan appeared in the West Australian season of Samuel Beckett's absurdist play Waiting for Godot which opened on 28 May 2010. Sivan shared the role of "Boy" with Craig Hyde-Smith, alternating nights.[24] In June 2012, Sivan returned to South Africa to film Spud 2: The Madness Continues, which was released in South Africa on 21 June 2013. Sivan also starred in the third film in the series, Spud 3: Learning to Fly, released on 28 November 2014.

YouTube[edit]

Sivan speaking at VidCon 2014

In September 2012, Sivan began creating video blogs on the video sharing site YouTube, after strictly singing on the site since 2007. At the time of posting his first vlog, Sivan had accumulated 27,000 subscribers in his five years since joining YouTube on October 1, 2007. As of December 7th, 2014, Sivan has over 2.9 million subscribers and over 141 million total views across his YouTube videos.[1] His YouTube channel is the second most subscribed channel in Australia.[25]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Young James Howlett
2010 Betrand The Terrible Ace Short film
2010 Spud John "Spud" Milton
2013 Spud 2: The Madness Continues John "Spud" Milton
2014 Spud 3: Learning to Fly John "Spud" Milton

Television[edit]

Year Title Notes
2006–08 Perth Telethon Opening act
2007 Star Search Finalist

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Oliver! Oliver Twist Regal Theater
2010 Waiting for Godot Boy His Majesty's Theatre

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Release details Peak chart positions Certifications
AUS
[26]
CAN
[27]
FRA
[28]
NZ
[29]
US
[30]
Dare to Dream
June Haverly
  • Released: 22 June 2012[31]
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download
TRXYE 2 177 2 5
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications
Album
AUS
[26]
AUT
[32]
CAN
[33]
DEN
[34]
GER
[35]
IRE
[36]
NLD
[37]
NZ
[29]
UK
[38]
US
[39]
"Happy Little Pill" 2014 10 47 50 11 87 11 100 2 86 92 TRXYE
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Promotional singles[edit]

Song Year Album
"The Fault in Our Stars" 2013 TRXYE

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated Award Result Ref.
2011 Troye Sivan South African Film and Television Award for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film Nominated [23]
2014 Troye Sivan Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Male Nominated [40]
2014 "The Boyfriend Tag" with Tyler Oakley Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Collaboration Won [40]
2015 Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year APRA Awards (Australia) Pending [41]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ Lu, Anne (10 August 2013). "'Wolverine' Actor Troye Sivan Comes Out As Gay On YouTube Vlog". International Business Times. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Symonds, Kristy (7 April 2012). "Perth boy making it big in Hollywood". Perth Now. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d Harvey, Shannon (28 February 2008). "Perth boy to play young Hugh Jackman in Wolverine movie". Perth Now. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Troye opened 'Storm The Stage' 2008". troyesivan.com. 21 October 2008. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2009. 
  13. ^ "Some of you might remember the video we posted...". Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation Facebook page. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  14. ^ Caulfield, Keith (27 June 2014). "YouTube Star Troye Sivan Signs With EMI Australia, Announces EP". Billboard. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Stern, Bradley (15 August 2014). "Troye Sivan Shoots To #1 On iTunes (In 55 Countries!) With Debut EP, ‘TRXYE’". Idolator. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
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  17. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
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  20. ^ "Troye plays lead role in Spud – The Movie". troyesivan.com. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  21. ^ "Spud's Young Stars". Screen Africa. 8 March 2010. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  22. ^ Van de Ruit, John (20 April 2010). "Icarus Allsorts". John van de Ruit's blog at Book South Africa. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
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  41. ^ http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/sheppard-leads-apra-music-awards-nominations/2557126/

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