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8 things you didn't know about Kian Lawley (#3 is so cute!)

If you, like me, are really into YouTube, then you probably know a lot about Kian Lawley. The 22-year-old YouTuber and actor puts it all out there on his collab channel with bestie Jc Caylen, so from their videos alone, the world has learned everything from his weird social media habits, his YouTube crush and his secret singing talent.

But when we sat down with Kian to chat about Zac & Mia, his brand new AwesomenessTV series about the bond that forms between two teen cancer patients (watch it on Verizon's go90), we challenged ourselves to see just how many surprising and interesting tidbits we could get out of the cutie...and he definitely delivered.

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    He actually shaved his head to play Zac...
    "I went in the first day for the camera test and they were like, 'We’re going to try out this bald cap,' because I have a lot of hair. The whole process took like three and a half hours and I was not looking forward to doing that everyday on set, so I like, 'You know what? Let's just chop it.' So that's what we did."

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    ...but he didn't love the way he looked with it
    "I had [my hair like that] for a while because I had to shave it every single day, and it got to the point where I was so cold and had to wear a beanie all the time. I was embarrassed of how I looked, too, so I’m never doing it again...unless there’s a season two! Which, hopefully there is."

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    His fans inspire his characters
    "When we announced Zac & Mia, I was flooded with tweets from fans saying that they’d read the book and they can’t wait for the series to come out. They’re telling me how Zac and Mia are this and how they’re that, and I would read these tweets and sweat a little bit because I’d be so scared and wanted to meet their expextations. But it kind of gave me a little bit more insight at the same time, too." 

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    He got pretty emotional on set
    "There was a moment in the last episode where I had to be on edge because my character felt like a lot of things weren’t going the way he'd planned—Zac is some statistical genius and the situation wasn't living up to his expectations or hypothesis, so I got into this weird state of mind with the character and it just stuck with me the rest of the day."

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    He's super family oriented
    "Zac loves his family so much and he has a really tight relationship with his little sister and I do as well, so the whole family aspect of the show really hit home for me. There are a couple of scenes in the show where I got to interact with my little sister, Beck, who is played by Alexis G. Zall, which was really fun."

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    He's obsessed with *this* famous actor
    "My favorite actor of all time is Jim Carrey, and I would love to do a film with him at some point in my life—I don't even care what part I play. I've heard that he wrote a check to himself for 10 million dollars and he gave himself five years to cash it, and he was able to cash it just before he started filming Dumb and Dumber. I love that he set this goal and he achieved it in a certain amount of time, so the goal I want to set is to work with him in some way within the next 10 years. That's a long ways away, but that’s one of my goals, for sure."

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    He loves a good challenge
    "When I work on movies that aren't based on books or play characters that haven't already been established, I get to portray these characters in any way I want to. But when I do something like Zac & Mia, I feel like it’s really more of a challenge because you have to nail it. I can still put my little twist on it and give Zac a little bit of me, but, yeah, I kind of have to get it right." 

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    He loves chill Saturdays just as much as you do
    "A typical Saturday for me is: Lately I’ve been watching a lot of La Liga soccer, so I'll do that. And I love going out to eat at Café Verona! Café Verona is the best Italian in La Brea, Calif. I’m not going to say in all of L.A.—I’m not going to go that far—but it’s probably the best in La Brea. I always get the Spaghetti Pomodoro or Fettuccini Alfredo."

by Sydney Adamson | 11/11/2017
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