Jenna Marbles

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Jenna Marbles
RISE - Jenna Marbles 01 (cropped).jpg
Mourey in 2018
Personal information
BornJenna Nicole Mourey
(1986-09-15) September 15, 1986 (age 34)
NationalityAmerican
EducationSuffolk University (BS)
Boston University (MEd)
Occupation
Partner(s)Julien Solomita (2013–present; engaged)
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2010–2020
Genre
Subscribers20.1 million
Total views1.68 billion
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2013

Updated: April 2021

Jenna Nicole Mourey (born September 15, 1986), better known by her pseudonym Jenna Marbles, is a former American YouTube personality. Over the span of ten years, her YouTube channel has accumulated approximately 1.6 billion video views and 20.1 million subscribers.

Early life[edit]

Mourey was born and raised in Rochester, New York. She then moved to Boston, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology at Suffolk University and Master of Education in sport psychology and counseling at Boston University.[1]

Career[edit]

In the summer of 2010, Mourey was sharing a three-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She paid $800 rent by working various jobs, including bartending, working at a tanning salon, blogging, and go-go dancing at nightclubs.[2] That year, Mourey started her career with Barstool Sports, where she wrote for their female-oriented site StoolLaLa. She left the publication in 2011.[3]

YouTube[edit]

Among the first of Mourey's videos to gain traction on the platform, "How To Trick People Into Thinking You're Good Looking," released in 2010, was viewed over 5.3 million times in its first week.[2][4] Her video "How To Avoid Talking To People You Don't Want To Talk To" was featured in The New York Times and ABC News in August 2011. In the video, she said, "I'm sick and tired of guys thinking that just because I showed up at a club or a dance or a bar, that I want to have their genitalia touching my backside."[5][6]

Mourey created the pseudonym "Jenna Marbles" due to her mother complaining that "Mourey," their legal surname, pulled up only Jenna's videos on Google. Jenna's mother was unemployed when Jenna's first video went viral and was concerned that the content might put off potential employers. The name "Marbles" stems from her dog's name "Mr. Marbles."[1]

Mourey portrayed Eve in the Epic Rap Battles of History episode "Adam vs. Eve",[7] and made appearances in The Annoying Orange, Ridiculousness,[8] and Smosh: The Movie.[9]

In 2015, Mourey unveiled a wax figure of herself at Madame Tussauds New York. Alongside the creators of the YouTube channel Smosh, Mourey became the first ever YouTube personality to have their own wax figure displayed at Madame Tussauds.[10]

On June 25, 2020, Mourey uploaded an apology video after she was accused of blackface. This accusation was related to one of Mourey’s old videos where in Mourey had a dark tan while pretending to be Nicki Minaj. Mourey stated that it was never her intent to hurt or offend anyone and that she would be taking an indefinite hiatus from her YouTube channel.[11][12] On June 26, Mourey's boyfriend Julien Solomita announced on Twitter that the couple's joint podcast and Twitch streams would be put on indefinite hiatus.[13] While Solomita returned to streaming on the joint Twitch channel on July 6, he announced on behalf of them both that the channel would be transitioning to be operated solely under his name, as Mourey still wished to remain out of the spotlight.[14] On August 17, Mourey announced the end of the podcast.[15]

Other ventures[edit]

Mourey at VidCon 2014

Mourey released a brand of dog toys called Kermie Worm & Mr. Marbles. The toys' appearances are based upon her dogs.[1] She has also created items with some of her most memorable quotes printed on them, including "What are this?" and "Team legs!"[16]

Mourey previously hosted a weekly pop countdown on SiriusXM Hits 1, "YouTube 15."[17]

In 2016, Mourey became an executive producer for Maximum Ride, a film based on James Patterson's series of novels of the same name.[18]

Personal life[edit]

On April 15, 2021, Mourey's longtime partner Julien Solomita announced on a livestream that he had recently proposed to her and the pair are now engaged. The news quickly led to them trending on Twitter as fans expressed good wishes.[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref. Notes
2014 Young Hollywood Award Viral Superstar Won [20]
2015 Streamy Award Best Comedy Series Nominated [21]
2017 Streamy Award Best First-Person Series Nominated [22]
Audience Choice Creator of the Year Nominated
Shorty Award YouTube Ensemble Won [23] With Julien Solomita
2018 Shorty Award Creator of the Decade Nominated [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Spangler, Todd (July 18, 2013). "YouTube Star Jenna Marbles: 5 Facts About Her Rise to Internet Fame". Variety. Archived from the original on August 20, 2020. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  2. ^ a b O’Leary, Amy (April 14, 2013). "The Woman With 1 Billion Clicks: Jenna Marbles". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 23, 2020. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  3. ^ "The Man Behind the 'Bible of Bro Culture'". NBC News. December 13, 2013. Archived from the original on September 18, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  4. ^ Klima, Jeff (April 22, 2013). "Jenna Marbles on 1 Billion Views, Set to Overtake Ray William Johnson?". New Media Rockstars. Archived from the original on November 24, 2020. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  5. ^ Conlin, Jennifer (August 12, 2011). "Rendering Grinders Toothless". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 9, 2021. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Canning, Andrea; Marx, Tracey; Orso, Alberto; Singh, Natasha (August 16, 2011). "'Jenna Marbles' Anti-Dirty Dance': Teens Say No to Grinding". ABC News. Archived from the original on December 1, 2020. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  7. ^ Gutelle, Sam (February 11, 2013). "Epic Rap Battles of History Pits Man Against Woman With Jenna Marbles". Tubefilter. Archived from the original on June 4, 2020. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  8. ^ Levine, Daniel S. (June 26, 2020). "YouTube Star Jenna Marbles Apologizes Over Past Offensive Videos in Emotional Message to Fans". popculture.com. Archived from the original on February 28, 2021. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  9. ^ Bloom, David (April 15, 2015). "'SMOSH: The Movie' Premiere Set For July 23 Next To VidCon". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 11, 2021. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Stark, Chelsea (July 26, 2015). "Jenna Marbles, Smosh are first YouTube stars with their own wax figures". Mashable. Archived from the original on November 28, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  11. ^ Haring, Bruce (June 25, 2020). "YouTube Star Jenna Marbles Leaving Her Channel, Apologizes For Blackface Video". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 29, 2020. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  12. ^ Spangler, Todd (June 25, 2020). "Jenna Marbles Leaving YouTube 'For Now,' Tearfully Apologizes for Past Racist and Other Offensive Videos". Variety. Archived from the original on March 10, 2021. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  13. ^ Tenbarge, Kat (June 27, 2020). "Jenna Marbles' boyfriend says he's suspending his YouTube channel, podcast, and Twitch stream". Insider. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  14. ^ "Jenna Marbles leaves Twitch channel with boyfriend Julien Solomita". Dexerto. August 6, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  15. ^ Kircher, Madison Malone (August 17, 2020). "Jenna Marbles and Julien Solomita to End Podcast". Vulture. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  16. ^ "How YouTube turned 13 ordinary people (and 1 cat) into superstars". CBC News. April 23, 2015. Archived from the original on June 1, 2019. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  17. ^ Spangler, Todd (June 26, 2014). "YouTube Pacts with SiriusXM for Weekly Music Radio Show with Jenna Marbles". Variety. Archived from the original on November 11, 2020. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  18. ^ Scheck, Frank (September 30, 2016). "'Maximum Ride': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 4, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  19. ^ Contreras, Cydney (April 16, 2021). "YouTubers Jenna Marbles and Julien Solomita Are Engaged After 8 Years of Dating". E! Online. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  20. ^ Leanne, Bailey (July 28, 2014). "Young Hollywood Awards 2014: The FULL winners list". Glamour. Archived from the original on January 17, 2021. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  21. ^ Blake, Emily; Clark, Noelene (September 17, 2015). "Streamy Awards 2015: The full winners list". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  22. ^ Glazer, Mikey (September 26, 2017). "Streamy Awards 2017: The Complete Winners List". TheWrap. Archived from the original on August 6, 2020. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  23. ^ Spangler, Todd (March 2, 2017). "Shorty Awards 2017 Social-Media Finalists Announced". Variety. Archived from the original on March 7, 2021. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  24. ^ "Tiffany Haddish Among Nominees for 10th Annual SHORTY AWARDS; Full List Revealed!". BroadwayWorld. January 16, 2018. Archived from the original on October 3, 2020. Retrieved March 25, 2021.

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