Lia Marie Johnson

Lia Marie Johnson (born November 23, 1996) is an American actress, singer, and Internet personality known for appearing in various web series, including the Emmy-winning web series Kids React (created by the Fine Brothers), and for her own vlogging and social media output. She is also known for her starring role in the Nickelodeon movie Terry the Tomboy and for recurring roles in AwesomenessTV's Side Effects TV Series and My Music.[2] In 2012 her personal YouTube channel, "Lia Marie Johnson", was reported to have received 16 million views.[3] As of 2017, Lia's YouTube channel is reported to have surpassed 117 million views and currently maintains over 1.7 million subscribers, while her Instagram account was followed by 1.5 million followers. In a 2014 Adweek profile she was referred to as one of "10 of the biggest young stars on YouTube".[4] In 2015 she was named one of the Top 100 YouTubers in the world.[5][6]

Lia Marie Johnson
Lia Marie Johnson
Johnson at the 2014 VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center
Born (1996-11-23) November 23, 1996 (age 23)[1]
OccupationInternet personality, actress, singer
Years active2007–present
Known forMyMusic, YouTubers React, Teens React, Kids React, Expelled,
Terry the Tomboy, The Thinning, T@gged

Early and personal lifeEdit

Johnson was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii. Her family eventually settled in California.[3] In 2012, in a combined episode of Teens React and Elders React about the 2012 United States presidential election, Johnson stated that she is a Democrat.[7]


Johnson's YouTube account was created in 2007, with videos uploaded by her mother which featured her performances at talent shows,[8] and church recitals.[4] After two years, Johnson began to control the output of the channel, creating content that has come to include personal commentary, sketch comedy, and musical performances.[8] In 2010, Johnson began to work with the Fine Brothers as a recurring guest on their Kids React series.[3] This exposure increased the traffic to her own channel and became an early source of her online fame. In the aftermath of the initial series episodes, she was surprised by the phenomenon of strangers knowing her and approaching her as fans, and remarked "I think Kids React was my very first viral video, 'cus everyone knew my name after that."[8]

In 2011, Johnson was added to the recurring cast of the spin-off series Teens React, and in 2014 was moved again to the newly established YouTubers React, which featured herself and various well known YouTube personalities. In 2014, Johnson appeared at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards,[9] and starred in Terry the Tomboy: The Movie, a spin-off film based on the eponymous character she portrays on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series, AwesomenessTV.[10] In 2015 she covered the single "Latch" by Disclosure, singing with Alejandro Luis Manzano of Boyce Avenue, and released it on YouTube. The song was originally performed by singer Sam Smith. Johnson has also been featured on the covers of Adweek and BYou Magazine.[4][10] On January 9, 2015, Johnson released her first single, "Moment Like You", along with a music video which can be found on her YouTube channel.[11]

She appeared in the music video for Post Malone's single "Go Flex", which was released on April 28, 2016. On September 28, she explained to her fans that she had signed to Capitol Records, and was continuing to work on the music album she had been recording for the previous two years.[12] The following month she released her first single produced by Howard Benson through Capitol Records titled "DNA"[6] which surpassed 29 million Spotify streams.[13] On February 17, 2017 Johnson released her second single "Cold Heart Killer". The music video for the song was released on March 10, 2017. A year later, Johnson debuted her third single “Champagne” on May 17, 2018.

Starting mid November of 2019, Lia teased a new project on her Instagram page, with one promotional photo being posted everyday.[14] Seven days later, Lia announced her fourth single titled, "Moonflower," on November 23, 2019.

Johnson released her fifth single, “Like a God”, on March 12, 2020.

As much as her career has soared through the film and music industry, her Instagram presence has been publicly concerning as she has been accused of live streaming under the influence of alcohol several times.[15][16] Concerns have also been raised regarding the relationship between Johnson and her producer Steven Wetherbee, who has been accused of inappropriately touching Johnson without her consent. In January 2020, Wetherbee appeared on Johnson's Instagram live stream, groping an intoxicated Lia off-camera, before Wetherbee became alarmed of her audience observing this live. Johnson later stated that police had visited her.[17] Wetherbee was then seen to take her phone and shut her stream.[18][19] In response to the situation, Lia's fanbase has responded with #SaveLiaMarieJohnson in an attempt to push actions against Steven Wetherbee.[20][21]


List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 No Man's Land
2008 When Weather Changed History Granddaughter 1 episode
2009 Shattered Allegiance Danielle Rourke (age 10) Short
2009 I Do and I Don't Kim (age 10) Short
2009 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Cheerleader One episode (credited as Lia Johnson)
2009 The Unit Soccer player 1 episode (uncredited)
2009 Collide Little girl Short
2009 Cam Gigandet vs. Twilight Fans Fan #7 Video short
2010 The Ryan and Randi Show Singer Short
2010 Shane Dawson TV Girl watching Degrassi Episode: "Hot Teens Go Wild On Degrassi: Part 2"
2010–2011 Kids React Herself
2010 The Station Bethanny 1 episode
2010 Sidewalk Symphony Female drummer Short
2010–2011 OMGtv!! LIVE Herself 3 episodes
2011 Monster in My Swimming Pool Katie Short
2011–2014 Teens React Herself
2011 The Rehearsal Penny
2012 Nerd Wars! Doris Short
2012 Open Your Eyes Short
2012 It's a Criminal World Segment: "Shattered Allegiance"
2012 Teens Wanna Know Guest 1 episode
2012 Finding Cody Lilli
2012–2014 MyMusic Rayna 14 episodes
2013 Counterpunch Lia
2013 Spirits Kaelyn Farrow 3 episodes
2013–2014 AwesomenessTV Various
2014 Expelled Katie
2014 Terry the Tomboy Terry Television film (Nickelodeon)
2014 React to That Herself
2014–2015 YouTubers React Herself
2015 Everything Before Us Tiff Wong Fu Productions
2016 The Thinning Ellie Harper YouTube Red Original Movie
2016 American Wrestler: The Wizard Kristi Larson ESX Productions
2016–2018 T@gged Hailey Jensen 24 episodes
2018 Bayou Caviar Kat
2018 The Thinning: New World Order Ellie Harper YouTube Red Original Movie


As a lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Moment Like You" 2015 Non-album single
"DNA" 2016
"Cold Heart Killer" 2017
"The Wave"
(with R3HAB)
2018 33 The Wave
"Champagne" Non-album single
"Moonflower" 2019 Non-album single

As a featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Falling For You"
(Norman Doray & Anevo featuring Lia Marie Johnson)
2016 Non-album single

Music videosEdit

Year Song Original Artist(s)
2015 Let's Roll Trevor Moran
"Moment Like You" Herself
2016 "Youth" Troye Sivan
"Go Flex" Post Malone
"DNA" Herself
2017 "Cold Heart Killer" Herself

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2015 Woodie Awards Social Climber Woodie Herself Nominated [23]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Lia Marie Johnson: Movies, Photos, Videos, News & Biography - eTimes".
  2. ^ "Nickelodeon's Lia Marie Johnson Talks AwesomenessTV". July 29, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Gallagher, Michael Aaron (July 12, 2012). "Lia Marie Johnson always wears her sunshine (Exclusive Interview)". Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c T.L. Stanley (March 9, 2014). Photography by Karl J. Kaul. "Meet 12 of the Biggest Young Stars on YouTube". Adweek. Prometheus Global Media. LV (10). Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  5. ^ Piccirillo, Angie. "YOUTUBER LIA MARIE JOHNSON WRITES A PERSONAL SONG WITH "DNA"". Galore. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Lia Marie Johnson "DNA" Available Now". Capitol Records. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Teens/Elders React to Election 2012". Retrieved January 13, 2015 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ a b c Lia Marie Johnson (interview participant) (August 22, 2012). YouTube Cutie Lia Marie Johnson Talks Past, Present, & Future (Video podcast). Santa Monica, California: Fanlala, Inc. Retrieved June 7, 2014 – via Youtube.
  9. ^ Oliver, Dana (March 30, 2014). "Kids' Choice Awards 2014: Hollywood's Youngest Stars Do Crop Tops & Cutouts (PHOTOS)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Lia Marie Johnson (interview participant) (May 27, 2014). Lia Marie Johnson Talks About Working with BYOU Magazine (Video podcast). Santa Monica, California: Fanlala, Inc. Retrieved June 7, 2014 – via Youtube.
  11. ^ "Lia Marie Johnson - Moment Like You (Official Music Video)". January 9, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "Lia Marie Johnson announces album". Retrieved September 28, 2016 – via Youtube.
  13. ^ Brandle, Lars. "Lia Marie Johnson Interviews President Obama: Exclusive Video". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "7 days". Instagram. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  15. ^ "Lia Marie Johnson Has NSFW Livestream Accident On Instagram". TheGamer. December 28, 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  16. ^ "Concerns raised for Lia Marie Johnson after worrying Instagram live stream". Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  17. ^ "Lia Marie Johnson reveals police showed up due to Instagram live stream". Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  18. ^ "Fans Are Worried After Lia Marie Johnson's Producer Exhibits Creepy Behavior On Livestream". TheGamer. January 7, 2020. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  19. ^ "Who is Lia Marie Johnson and why are fans so worried about her?". Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  20. ^ "#saveliamariejohnson hashtag on Twitter". Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  21. ^ "YouTuber Lia Marie Johnson Raises Concerns After Series Of Unsettling Live Streams With Creepy Older Man: 'No One Can Save Me'". Perez Hilton. January 2, 2020. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
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  23. ^ "The 2015 mtvU Woodies: See The Full Winners List". MTV News.

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