Kian Lawley

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Kian Robert Lawley
Kian Lawley by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lawley in 2014
Personal information
BornKian Robert Lawley
(1995-09-02) September 2, 1995 (age 24)
Sioux City, Iowa, United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
OccupationYouTube personality, actor
YouTube information
Channelssuperkian13, KianAndJc, Our2ndLife (Inactive)[1]
Years active2010–present
Subscribers3.4 million (superkian13)
3.7 million (KianAndJc)
(July 2019)
Total views56 million (superkian13)
609 million (KianAndJc)
(July 2019)
Associated actsJC Caylen
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2014

Kian Robert Lawley (born September 2, 1995) is an American YouTuber and actor.

Lawley launched his personal YouTube channel, superkian13, in 2010. Lawley has also been a part of collaborative YouTube channels, including Our2ndLife. Lawley shares the YouTube channel "KianAndJc" with fellow YouTuber JC Caylen.

Lawley's first role in a feature film was in the 2015 film The Chosen. Lawley went on to feature in the films Shovel Buddies (2016), Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016), Before I Fall (2017) for which he won a Teen Choice Award, and Monster Party (2018). In 2017, Lawley worked with Caylen on their show H8TERS and starred in the Daytime Emmy Award winning first season of "Zac and Mia." In 2018, footage of Lawley resurfaced in which he used racial slurs, leading to his role in The Hate U Give being recast, and to him being dropped by his talent agency, CAA.

Early life[edit]

Kian Robert Lawley was born on September 2, 1995, in Sioux City, Iowa. He has Polish, Irish and German heritage. At a young age, his family moved to San Clemente, California.[2][better source needed]


YouTube career[edit]

Lawley launched his first channel in 2010, under the name Superkian13.[3] Lawley also had a collaborative channel with Sam Pottorff in 2011, named KianSam13.[citation needed] In 2012, Lawley started a collaborative channel Our2ndLife (commonly known as O2L) along with JC Caylen, Ricky Dillon, Trevi Moran, Connor Franta, and Sam Pottorff. The channel grew to over 2.8 million subscribers and in 2014 the group headlined a 19-city tour but they later separated in December 2014.[1] Lawley and Caylen launched their collaborative channel KianAndJc in January 2015.[1] At the 2015 Teen Choice Awards, Lawley won the award for Choice YouTuber.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Lawley's first starring role was in the 2015 film The Chosen in which he played a 19 year old who must contend with a demon to save his niece.[5] In 2016, he co-starred with Bella Thorne in the comedy Shovel Buddies.[6] In March 2016, the film was selected and premiered at SXSW Festival.[7] In an interview about the film Lawley said "I don’t plan to ditch to YouTube, I plan to do both [acting and YouTube]".[8] Lawley also played "Bean Boy" in the 2016 Tyler Perry comedy Boo! A Madea Halloween.[9]

In 2017, Lawley and JC Caylen starred in and executive produced their show H8TERS, a comedy about internet celebrities, haters and millennial culture.[10] That year, Lawley appeared alongside Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, and Logan Miller in the film Before I Fall,[11][12][13] for which he won the award for Choice Movie Actor: Drama at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards.[14] In 2017 he also starred in the series "Zac and Mia", a show that follows the lives of two ordinary teenagers undergoing cancer treatment.[15] The show was nominated for six Daytime Emmy Awards and won two: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing in a Digital Drama Series.[16][17] In 2017, AwesomenessTV renewed "Zac and Mia" for a second season.[15] In 2018, Lawley received a nomination for the Best Actor In A Digital Drama Daytime Emmy Award for his performance in "Zac and Mia".[18][19]

On February 5, 2018, it was announced that Lawley had been fired from The Hate U Give due to a resurfaced video showing Lawley using racially offensive slurs. His scenes as Chris, the main character's boyfriend, were reshot with Riverdale star KJ Apa.[20] Lawley released an apology on Twitter, stating, "I am deeply sorry to those that were effected [sic] by my choice of language. I respect Fox's decision to recast this role for The Hate U Give as it is an important story, and it would not be appropriate for me to be involved considering the actions of my past. I understand the impact and I have grown a lot and learned since then." He was subsequently dropped by his talent agency CAA.[21]



Year Title Role
2015 The Chosen Cameron
2016 Shovel Buddies Dan
Boo! A Madea Halloween Bean Boy
2017 Before I Fall Rob Cockran
2018 Monster Party Elliot Dawson


Year Title Role Notes Refs
2017 H8TERS Himself / Frank 10 episodes [10]
2017 Apologies in Advance Himself Season 1 Finale [citation needed]
2017 Guilty Party Jake 8 episodes [22]
2017–present Zac & Mia Zac Meier AwesomenessTV series; main role [23]
2020–present Perfect Commando Vantaa "Van" Hamilton Elisa Viihde TV series; main role [24]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated Award Result Refs
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Comedy (as part of Our 2nd Life) Won [25]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice YouTuber Won [26]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice YouTuber Nominated [27]
Streamy Awards Entertainer of the Year Nominated [28]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama Movie Actor Won [14]
2018 Daytime Emmys Best Actor In A Digital Drama Nominated [19]


  1. ^ a b c "Former O2L Members Form New YouTube Channel KianAndJc". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  2. ^ "25 facts about Kian Lawley | Slidely Buzz". Slidely. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  3. ^ "superkian13". YouTube. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  4. ^ Costantino, George. "Teen Choice Awards Recap and Complete Winners' List". ABC News. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  5. ^ Jarvey, Natalie. "Kian Lawley Thriller 'The Chosen' to Premiere During VidCon". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  6. ^ Jarvey, Natalie. "Bella Thorne, Kian Lawley to Star in AwesomenessTV's 'Shovel Buddies'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  7. ^ "SXSW: Awesomeness Films Exec Talks Aging Up Teen Brand With Drama 'Shovel Buddies'". The Hollywood Reporter. March 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "Bella Thorne, Kian Lawley Talk 'Shovel Buddies' at SXSW". TheWrap. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  9. ^ "Tyler Perry Will Wear Dress Again in 'Boo! A Madea Halloween'". TheWrap. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Evans, Greg (2017-01-17). "YouTubers Kian Lawley & JC Caylen's 'H8TERS' Gets Greenlight From Fullscreen & Astronauts Wanted". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  11. ^ Coggan, Devan. "Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley to star in Before I Fall". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  12. ^ Sneider, Jeff. "Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley Join Zoey Deutch in 'Before I Fall'". TheWrap. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  13. ^ Patten, Dominic (2016-12-05). "Sundance 2017: Robert Redford, New Rashida Jones Netflix Series, 'Rebel In The Rye' & More On Premiere, Docu, Midnight & Kids Slates". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  14. ^ a b Rubin, Rebecca; Knapp, J. D. (2017-08-14). "Teen Choice Awards 2017: 'Riverdale,' Fifth Harmony Shut Out Competition". Variety. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  15. ^ a b Petski, Denise (2017-11-29). "'Zac And Mia' YA Series Renewed For Season 2 By AwesomenessTV". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  16. ^ "Perth author inspires Emmy-winning series". The West Australian. 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  17. ^ Thompson, Avery (2019-01-31). "'Zac & Mia' Season 2 Trailer: Zac & Mia Fight & Their Future Is Uncertain — Watch". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  18. ^ Montgomery and Sheehan, Daniel and Paul. "2018 Daytime Emmy nominations: Full list of nominees for 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards". goldderby. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  19. ^ a b "Daytime Emmy Awards 2018 Winners: The Complete List". E! News. 2018-04-29. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  20. ^ Pedersen, Erik (February 5, 2018). "Fox Axes YouTube Star Kian Lawley From 'The Hate U Give' Over Racially Offensive Video". Deadline. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  21. ^ "CAA Drops YouTuber Kian Lawley After He Gets Fired From Fox Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  22. ^ Spangler, Todd (2017-08-16). "AT&T Hello Lab Casts Digital Influencers for Cyberbullying Social-Media Drama Series 'Guilty Party'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  23. ^ Petski, Denise (2017-03-20). "YouTube Star Kian Lawley & Anne Winters To Topline 'Zac And Mia' YA Series On Go90". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  24. ^ "Kian Lawley, Katherine C. Hughes Starring in Finnish Comedy 'Perfect Commando'". Variety. July 18, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  25. ^ Hernandez, Brian Anthony. "YouTube and Vine Stars Win Big for #TeamInternet at Teen Choice Awards". Mashable. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  26. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Full List". Variety. 2015-08-17. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  27. ^ "Choice Muser - Teen Choice Awards: Complete List of Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  28. ^ Spangler, Todd (2016-10-05). "Streamy Awards 2016: Full Winners List". Variety. Retrieved 2019-07-07.

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