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Jules LeBlanc
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LeBlanc in 2019
Personal information
BornJulianna Grace LeBlanc
(2004-12-05) December 5, 2004 (age 15)
NationalityAmerican
Occupation
  • YouTuber
  • actress
  • singer
Websitebratayley.com/annie
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2008–present
Subscribers3.97 million
(August 14, 2020)
Total views492 million
(August 14, 2020)
NetworkBrat (current)
Maker Studios Inc. (former)
Associated acts
  • Bratayley
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2015
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers
YouTube Ruby Play Button 2.svg 50,000,000 subscribers
Musical career
Genres
Years active2017–present

Julianna Grace LeBlanc (/ləˈblɒŋk/; born December 5, 2004), known professionally as both Annie LeBlanc and Jules LeBlanc, is an American YouTuber, actress, singer, and former gymnast. In December 2018, Business Insider called her one of the "most famous teens in the world."[1] She has been featured in online videos since she was four years old and has an extensive online following. She stars as Rhyme in the family drama Chicken Girls on Brat on YouTube, starred in the YouTube Brat show A Girl Named Jo playing the part of Jo Chambers, and also played Rhyme in Chicken Girls: The Movie. She starred on the Bratayley family vlog from 2010 to 2019 and the YouTube Red Originals series We Are Savvy from 2016 to 2018.

Early life

LeBlanc was born to parents Billy and Katie while her father was stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia[2]. She has two siblings, a younger sister Hayley Noelle, and an older brother Caleb Logan (July 13, 2002 – October 1, 2015). In 2015, Caleb died from a heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at the age of 13.[3] LeBlanc started taking gymnastics classes when she was 2 years old, and her family started posting videos of her online when she was three.[4] She trained as a gymnast until August 2017.[5]

The LeBlancs previously lived in Severna Park, Maryland but then moved to Los Angeles, California so that Leblanc would be able to start acting and doing music.[6]

Career

LeBlanc was originally known for her gymnastic videos.[7][8] Her gymnastic meets and tutorials started being published in 2008 on her YouTube channel, formerly known as Acroanna, when she was 3 years old.[4] The channel's name was changed to Annie Leblanc in 2017, and now features music videos of Leblanc.[9]

LeBlanc is one of the stars of a daily vlog on the YouTube channel "Bratayley" (7.3M+ subscribers). The vlog, which was initially just for relatives and started being filmed when LeBlanc was six, follows the lives of the LeBlanc family.[10] The stars include parents Billy and Katie with their two daughters Annie and Hayley. The name "Bratayley" was initially a nickname for Hayley, combining the word "brat" and the name "Hayley."[10]

LeBlanc had begun to receive attention for her music on her TikTok handle @annieleblanc.[11] In April 2018, she won the Shorty Award for "Muser of the Year".[12][13][14]

LeBlanc and Hayden Summerall collaborated on a YouTube cover of "Little Do You Know" by Alex & Sierra, which went viral.[15] LeBlanc and Summerall's cover appeared at position 48 on the Emerging Artists Billboard Chart.[16] LeBlanc and Summerall were cast as leads in Chicken Girls despite having no acting experience prior to starring in the series.[15] In August 2017, Brat released the series on YouTube. The series features LeBlanc and Summerall's relationship, and focuses on the daily lives of a group of friends and dancers at the faux high school, "Attaway High".[17] The show's debut episode has received over 10 million YouTube views, and as of May 2018, the second season had between 2 million and 4.5 million views per episode.[18]

On September 9, 2017, LeBlanc's cover of the song "Fly" by Maddie & Tae peaked at 34 on the Billboard Charts in "Country" songs.[19][20] In November 2017, LeBlanc released her first original single, "Ordinary Girl."[21][22] In December 2017, teen fan magazine Tiger Beat announced that LeBlanc would be going on her first U.S. tour in early 2018.[23] In February 2018, LeBlanc released a single, "Little Things."[24] In early May 2018, LeBlanc released a new pop country compilation album on iTunes called, "Lollipop", with music label Heard Well.[25] The curated collection also includes two songs by LeBlanc, "Somebody's Heart" and "Photograph."[25] She then released her new single "Picture This" in early June with social media star Austin Brown.[26] A little before December 2018, she released her single "It’s Gonna Snow" as a new Christmas Carol.[26]

In August 2017, YouTube greenlit the YouTube Red Originals series, We Are Savvy, as a continuation of a teen magazine series of the same name on Canada's Family Channel.[27] LeBlanc was introduced as a co-host of the series, which debuted with over 4.2M+ views in its pilot episode and focuses on music, fashion, and lifestyle elements.[27]

In February 2018, Variety announced that Lionsgate would be distributing a full-length feature film of Chicken Girls: The Movie.[28][29] There is also a deal with Skyhorse Publishing to turn the show into a book series.[18][30] In September 2018, the third season of Chicken Girls premiered on Brat's YouTube channel.[31] Season 4 premiered on March 19, 2019.[32]

In May 2018, LeBlanc and her sister Hayley LeBlanc were cast in a new series on the Brat YouTube channel.[33] That same month, it was announced that LeBlanc and Addison Riecke would star in a Brat teen mystery series called A Girl Named Jo which takes place in 1963 in a small town.[34] Also in May 2018, Leblanc appeared in Asher Angel's music video for "Chemistry" as the fans dubbed them as "Ashannie".[35]

In December 2018 she starred in Brat's feature film, Holiday Spectacular. Months later, she also starred in another Brat feature film, Spring Breakaway.[36]

In November 2019, Bratayley stopped making family vlogs after 9 years, for the family to focus on other projects.[37]

In February 2020, LeBlanc was cast in a lead role for an upcoming Nickelodeon buddy comedy series, Side Hustle alongside Jayden Bartels.[38] In response to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, Nickelodeon offered LeBlanc and Bartels a virtually-produced talk show titled Group Chat, which premiered on May 23, 2020.[39]

Personal life

After it was speculated that LeBlanc was dating fellow social media star Hayden Summerall in 2017, the alleged couple was dubbed "Hannie" by fans, who created elaborate fan-fiction with complex storylines about their high school relationship, and photoshopped thousands of pictures that appear to show the two together.[15] In 2018, Summerall wrote on Instagram that he was not dating anyone.[40] In May 2019, LeBlanc confirmed that she was dating Asher Angel. The two ended their relationship in May 2020.[41] In 2020 she stopped going by her nickname "Annie", and started going by "Jules", a diminutive of her birth name, Julianna.

Discography

Compilation albums

Singles

Year Title Peak chart positions
US
Country

[42]
CA
Digital

[43]
US
Digital

[44]
2017 "Fly" 34
"Little Do You Know" (with Hayden Summerall) 38 30
"Birds of a Feather"[45]
"Photograph"[46]
"Ordinary Girl"[7]
2018 "Little Things[24]
2019 “Over Getting Over You”
"Two Sides”
"Play Nice"
"Who You Are

(feat. Sky Katz)"

2019 "Utopia"

Filmography

Web series, television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Neon Arcade Annie Bratayley
2016–18 We Are Savvy Annie Main cast (32 episodes)
2017–present Chicken Girls Rhyme McAdams Lead role (67 episodes)
2018 Mani Rhyme McAdams Episode: "Cinderella"
2018 Overnights Rhyme McAdams Episode: "Never Meant to Fall in Love"
2018–19 A Girl Named Jo Josephine "Jo" Chambers Lead role (23 episodes)
2018 Chicken Girls: The Movie Rhyme McAdams Brat feature film
2018 Brat Holiday Spectacular Rhyme McAdams Brat feature film
2019 Cousins for Life Herself Episode: "Those Medal-ling Kids"
2019 Spring Breakaway Rhyme McAdams Brat feature film
2019 Annie VS Hayley ! Herself Food reality web series[47]
2019 Intern-in-Chief Rhyme McAdams Brat feature film
2019 Annie VS Hayley ! Herself Fashion Faceoff Challenge[47]
2019 Sunnyside Up Narrator
2020 Side Hustle[38] Lex Lead role
2020 #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall Herself Television special
2020 Group Chat with Annie & Jayden Herself Main role (6 episodes)
2020 All That Guest Star Episode 1131

Tours

  • The Left Me Hangin' Tour (2017)[48]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref(s)
2017 Streamy Awards Kids and Family Nominated [49][50]
2018 Shorty Awards Muser of the Year Won [12]
Streamy Awards Acting in a Drama Nominated [51]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music Web Star Won [52]
2020 Kids Choice Awards Favorite Female Social Web Star Won [53]

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