*Cue High School Musical‘s ‘Start of Something New’*
After consistently posting to YouTube daily for nearly 11 years and racking up over 10 million subscribers across his two channels, Alex Wassabi is ready to branch out and try something new! But don’t worry, die-hard Alex fans — he’s not giving up YouTube anytime soon.
The social media savvy star — who’s filling up his acting resume with huge projects like ‘Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween‘ and YouTube Red Original series ‘Lifeline’ executively produced by entertainment industry veteran Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — has collaborated with some of the biggest YouTubers out there (including longtime girlfriend and DIY queen Lauren Riihimaki) and is now tackling his acting career head-on. Keep scrolling to get the inside scoop on all things Alex!
How would you describe the characters that you’ve played?
“So the character in ‘Madea Halloween’ … It’s this frat boy … he’s just a silly goofball and he just wants to have fun and live a fun college life. In ‘Lifeline’, it’s a little bit more serious. He’s also a goofball, but he gets in fights, he’s not afraid, he’s kind of a rebel. So they’re very different characters.”
Do you feel like these two characters are similar to yourself?
“Well so far I actually have gone for the roles of the goofball, comic relief guy because I feel like I relate to that more so it’s easier for me to get into that, and then eventually evolve into more dramatic roles. But right now I like to keep it light and comedic. In ‘Lifeline’ it did get serious. There was some intense scenes that I was a part of that was quite the experience for me.”
‘Lifeline’ is jam-packed with action and adventure. Was there one scene that stood out as the most thrilling to film?
“There was a fight scene and there was an explosion that was pretty cool because I’ve never seen a on-set explosion. And then there’s also a punch I had to get ready for and I had to work with a stunt coordinator to learn how to take a punch and how to fall correctly. That was probably my favorite scene just because it was action-packed and it involved some acting, like I had to be in fight mode. It wasn’t a goofball moment for me, so it took me out of my comfort zone, which is what I’m looking for.”
Do you get nervous? What was it like walking into a room full of big-named actors like Friday Night Light‘s Zach Gilford?
“I was excitedly nervous because they are very well-known guys and it is a scary thing to work alongside them. But that’s what you gotta do if you want to get into the industry, you gotta not be afraid of that. I wouldn’t say I was afraid, I was just nervous. But it was definitely an experience I’m going to remember forever.”
When you posted your first video, over a decade ago, did you ever expect it would turn into all of this?
“No, definitely not. I didn’t see it as, “Oh, I’m gonna get famous.” I saw it as, “Oh, cool. A place I can put my videos so my friends that are currently next to me can watch it.” And then all of a sudden more people started watching and I was like, “Wait, I didn’t expect to have this many people, why are they watching?” And then it just blew up from there.”
What was the first video that you remember blowing up?
“It was a parody of ‘Call Me, Maybe’. I think it got like 130 million right now, which was unheard of back then when it came out like five years ago. That was an insane experience because then that blew up, it shined light on all our other videos and that’s when my YouTube career started.”
How have you stayed relevant for so long since then? How do you keep your video ideas fresh?
“The key is to adapt and evolve with the times, because what’s popular, like that ‘Call Me, Maybe’ video did good five years ago, but I’m sure that if I posted it now it might not do as well as it did.”
Do you have any advice for someone who’s just starting out?
“I would say, to anybody that’s trying to do any social media, any of them, it’s important to remain consistent because consistency is the key. But you can’t just put out a bunch of half-baked videos, they have to also be high-quality.”
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