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Kian Lawley is a busy man.
The 19-year-old YouTuber just made his film debut in The Chosen, a supernatural thriller that hit Vimeo On Demand and select theaters last week, and next stars opposite Bella Thorne in the upcoming drama Shovel Buddies.
Chatting with PEOPLE atVidCon, Lawley admitted the Hollywood process gave him some jitters.
"It was kind of scary, actually. Terrifying. I went from basically filming in my bedroom by myself, filming some funny videos, and then overnight, I switched into filming in some studios and some warehouses and family homes. I started filming with directors and producers and editors, and there were so many people in the room, so it was definitely weird. It was a weird transition. But I love it. I loved every second of it. I got used to it the first day. It was kind of weird, seeing all the people there for the first day, but I got used to it, and everyone was so nice. I loved working with them."
Lawley managed to have a few words with FANGORIA in between appeasing his anxious fans. “This was a weird transition for me cause I was so used to comedy,” stated Lawley. “But I absolutely loved it. I am a huge fan of horror. Recently, I saw THE BABADOOK and thought it was badass”.
Lawley’s attendance, as well as audience numbers, made it clear that the level of fandom associated with online talent is reaching considerable proportions. The 300-person fan screening in Anaheim was sold out, as did its other screenings across the country.
The YouTube star announced the July 24 premiere on his Instagram on Tuesday morning.
YouTube star Kian Lawley's first starring vehicle has a premiere date.
Thriller The Chosen will debut to audiences on July 24 in Anaheim, Calif., during VidCon.
The modern family is a pretzeline sort of beast. With divorces and surrogate families all over modern society, the nuclear family is a tough thing to come by. So it’s no wonder this film is occasionally hard to follow, as the relationships between the characters are rather murky and unclear. Cameron (Kian Lawley) is the somewhat rebellious yet completely parentified child in a dysfunctional family. Mom (Elizabeth Keener, who looks too much like Katherine Keener to not be her younger sister) goes on long business trips, leaving her teen and tween kids to fend for themselves.
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You’ve been watching him for years as a stunt double for some of the biggest names in the business. Now, he’s getting more opportunities to show off his acting chops – his latest role opposite YouTuber Kian Lawleyin the new horror film “The Chosen.” Later this fall, he’ll also make an appearance in new Sharon Stonedrama “Agent X.”
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"In one month, fans of YouTuber Kian Lawley will be lining up at the theater — or just sitting at home in front of a screen — eagerly awaiting the opening of his new film The Chosen.
The horror flick, produced by Terror Films and Supergravity Pictures, will premiere on July 24 in select theaters and on Vimeo On Demand. The official full-length trailer was released on June 24, which Lawley debuted on his own YouTube channel."
Mr. Lawley recalled one suggestion that before a scene he imagine that a vulture was perched on his shoulder, offering advice.
“It just kind of weirded me out,” he said.
The most useful lesson for Mr. Lawley came not from a coach, but from an older actor on another forthcoming movie, the supernatural thriller “The Chosen.” He suggested jumping up and down before scenes to get the juices flowing.
“It gets me focused,” Mr. Lawley said.
Opening Friday, July 24th in select theaters and on Vimeo and On Demand is The Chosen, which stars YouTube sensation Kian Lawley. Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive look at the film, which reveals a possessed little girl that causes horrific things to happen around here.
With over one million subscribers on YouTube and nearly three million on Twitter, Kian Lawley is truly a superstar of the internet age. He’s set to make his acting debut in Ben Jehoshua’s horror film The Chosen, and we’ve got an exclusive clip to serve up to you today. Dig it!
"It’s always a great day in the community when a YouTuber follows a dream outside of YouTube.
Considering Kian Lawley’s dreams of acting has kept him busy and off of YouTube, it’s extra exciting to see what he’s been working on."
"Social media star Kian Lawley is making his feature acting debut in the supernatural thriller THE CHOSEN, directed by Ben Johoshua and co-starring Mykayla Sohn, Elizabeth Keener, Melissa Navia, and Angelica Chitwood....it look like this might be one I need to watch."
"The Chosen, which is currently in production in Los Angeles, stars YouTube creator Kian Lawley as Cameron, a 19-year-old who must defeat a demon named Lilith to save his niece, Angie. Elizabeth Keener (The L Word) and former Extra host Dayna Devon co-star. Ben Jehoshua is directing from an original screenplay by Barry Jay Stich."