After gaining fame as part of the now defunct YouTube supergroup Our2ndLife, Kian Lawley has accumulated more than 4 million followers between his personal YouTube channel and the one he runs with best friend Jc Caylen. Now, he’s set his sights on a movie career, and his debut horror flick The Chosen is premiering July 24 during VidCon. Plus, he just wrapped his second project, the coming-of-age movie Shovel Buddies. We talked to Lawley about what it’s like to make the switch from YouTube to the big screen.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’re known primarily for your comedy on YouTube. Was it tough to switch to horror? Are you a horror fan?
I grew up watching The Ring, The Grudge, all those scary movies. But as I got older, and I told people that I’ve been watching The Ring and The Grudge and these movies that aren’t too scary, people started giving me movies to watch like Nightmare on Elm Street. I’d never seen that before until recently. Same with The Shining — hadn’t seen that until recently. Now I’m getting into really thought-out, clever horror films, and I really like it.
So tell us a little bit about the character you play in The Chosen.
At the beginning, my character Cameron is really family-oriented. He has a sister that is like a drug addict, and her daughter isn’t getting taken care of by her, so my mom watches over her, and I kind of help with that. He cares a lot about his family, but when he finds out his niece is sick, he basically does anything and everything to keep her alive or to save her.
There’s a supernatural element to this, right? Can you tell us a little bit about that?
There’s a demon named Lilith, and she is a child stealer. She basically goes from child to child and kills them. And once she’s done, she’ll move on to the next one, and there’s basically no stopping her unless you kill six people in your bloodline, family members like your grandpa, your grandma, your mom, your dad. So the only way to stop her is to sacrifice six other lives in your family in order to save your niece…
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