Sivan speaking at VidCon, June 2014
|Birth name||Troye Sivan Mellet|
5 June 1995 |
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Origin||Perth, Western Australia|
|Occupation(s)||Actor, singer, songwriter, YouTube personality|
|Labels||EMI Music Australia|
Troye Sivan Mellet (/ /; 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.
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".
Sivan was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. His family moved to Australia when he was two years old due to rising crime in the country. 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. He is Jewish (his father was born to a Jewish family and his mother converted to Judaism). Sivan attended Carmel School until 2009 when he started distance education. Troye's middle name is "Sivan" and he embraced it as his stage name.
Sivan sung at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Channel Seven Perth Telethon. His 2006 performance included a duet with Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian. Sivan made it to the grand finals of StarSearch 2007. His debut EP, Dare to Dream, was released in February 2008. The EP includes five songs "There's a Hero", "Angels Brought Me Here", "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Unsung Hero" and "The Prayer". On 20 September 2008, Sivan sang in the opening of Storm the Stage at the Burswood Entertainment Complex. 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.
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. TRXYE debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 55 countries. The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 the following week, scoring Sivan his first Top 10 album. "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.
In 2007, Sivan starred as Oliver Twist in a production of Oliver! at the Regal Theatre. In 2008, Sivan was cast in a West Australian short film, Betrand the Terrible. 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. 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. 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. Filming took place in South Africa from early March to mid-April 2010. 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.
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. 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.
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. His YouTube channel is the second most subscribed channel in Australia.
|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|
|2006–08||Perth Telethon||Opening act|
|2007||Oliver!||Oliver Twist||Regal Theater|
|2010||Waiting for Godot||Boy||His Majesty's Theatre|
|Title||Release details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Dare to Dream||
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Single||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|"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.|
|"The Fault in Our Stars"||2013||TRXYE|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Troye Sivan||South African Film and Television Award for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film||Nominated|||
|2014||Troye Sivan||Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Male||Nominated|||
|2014||"The Boyfriend Tag" with Tyler Oakley||Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Collaboration||Won|||
|2015||Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year||APRA Awards (Australia)||Pending|||
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