Kian Lawley

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Kian Lawley
Personal information
Born Kian Robert Lawley
(1995-09-02) September 2, 1995 (age 23)
Sioux City, Iowa, United States
Nationality American
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation YouTube personality, actor
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
YouTube information
Years active 2009–present
Subscribers 6.5 million subscribers combined
(September, 2018)
Total views 532 million views
(January, 2018)
Associated acts Jc 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.[1][2] Lawley shares a YouTube channel with fellow YouTuber JC Caylen. Lawley also co-stars in the Fullscreen series H8TERS, alongside Caylen, which premiered in April 2017.[3]


Kian Robert Lawley was born on September 2, 1995, in Sioux City, Iowa. He has Polish, Irish and German heritage.[4] At a young age, his family moved to San Clemente, California, where he would grow up and meet his best friends, and would eventually go on to start a channel called O2L (Our2ndLife), which ended in 2014. Lawley then created a channel with best friend Jc Caylen called KianandJc. Kian also has a personal YouTube channel, SuperKian13.[citation needed]


Lawley launched his first channel in 2010, under the name Superkian13.[5] Lawley also had a collaborative channel with Sam Pottorff in 2011, named KianSam13.[citation needed]

He was a part of a collaborative channel Our2ndLife (commonly known as O2L)[6] along with Jc Caylen, Ricky Dillon, Trevor Moran, Connor Franta, and best friend Sam Pottorff, before they separated in December 2014. He and Caylen launched their collaborative channel KianAndJc in January 2015. As of September 2018, KianAndJC has over 3.1 million subscribers.[citation needed]

Acting career[edit]

In summer 2015, he starred as Cameron in his first film, The Chosen. The film received 2 out of 5 stars on Netflix. It premiered at the 2015 VidCon convention.[7] At the 2015 Teen Choice Awards, Lawley won the award for Choice YouTuber.[8]

In 2016, he co-starred with Bella Thorne in the comedy Shovel Buddies.[9][10][11] In March 2016, the film was selected and premiered at SXSW Festival.[12][13] Lawley also played "Bean Boy" in the 2016 Tyler Perry comedy Boo! A Madea Halloween,[14] along with Jc Caylen.

In January 2017, Lawley announced his new show H8TERS with Caylen. Also that year, he appeared alongside Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, and Logan Miller in the film Before I Fall,[15][16] for which he won the award for Choice Movie Actor: Drama at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards. In 2017 he also starred in the series, “Zac and Mia". This show follows two ordinary teenagers undergoing cancer treatment and finding hope, love and courage in exceptional circumstances. He plays Zac.

In 2018, Lawley received a nomination for a Daytime Emmy Award.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Lawley has four siblings named Reo, Cole, Tabatha and Isabelle.[18]

In 2017, Lawley moved into a house with other fellow youtubers JC Caylen, Bobby Mares, Corey LaBarie, and Franny Arrieta. After moving out in April 2018, he currently lives alone.[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, resulting in his role to be recast and scenes reshot with Riverdale star KJ Apa. He also apologized on Twitter and later through a YouTube video titled "2/25/18" in which he stated that he has a voice, with which he can speak and inspire millions of people who follow him on social media.[20] He was subsequently dropped by talent agency CAA following the resurfacing of the video.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
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 Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2017 H8TERS Himself / Frank 8 episodes
2017 Apologies in Advance Himself Season 1 Finale
2017 Guilty Party Jake 6 episodes
2017–present Zac & Mia Zac Meier AwesomenessTV series; main role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Comedy Won
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice YouTuber Won
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice YouTuber Nominated
Streamy Awards Entertainer of the Year Nominated
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama Movie Actor Won
2018 Daytime Emmys Best Actor In A Digital Drama Nominated


  1. ^ Price, Lydia. "Kian Lawley on Nabbing Film Roles, Working with Bella Thorne and Staying Single … for Now". People Magazine. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  2. ^ 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.
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  7. ^ Jarvey, Natalie. "Kian Lawley Thriller 'The Chosen' to Premiere During VidCon". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  8. ^ Costantino, George. "Teen Choice Awards Recap and Complete Winners' List". ABC News. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  9. ^ Jarvey, Natalie. "Bella Thorne, Kian Lawley to Star in AwesomenessTV's 'Shovel Buddies'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  10. ^ Klein, Jessica. "Kian Lawley, Bella Thorne to Star in AwesomenessTV Film 'Shovel Buddies'". The Video Ink. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  11. ^ Gutelle, Sam. "Social Media Stars Kian Lawley, Bella Thorne To Star In AwesomenessTV's 'Shovel Buddies'". Tubefilter. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  12. ^ "SXSW: Awesomeness Films Exec Talks Aging Up Teen Brand With Drama 'Shovel Buddies'". The Hollywood Reporter. March 14, 2016.
  13. ^ "Bella Thorne, Kian Lawley Talk 'Shovel Buddies' at SXSW". TheWrap. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  14. ^ "Tyler Perry Will Wear Dress Again in 'Boo! A Madea Halloween'". TheWrap. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  15. ^ Coggan, Devan. "Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley to star in Before I Fall". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  16. ^ Sneider, Jeff. "Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley Join Zoey Deutch in 'Before I Fall'". TheWrap. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  17. ^ 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.
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  19. ^ "Kian & Jc Team on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  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.

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