There was a time when the only way to get famous was to rise up the ranks in the entertainment industry. Whether your talent was acting or singing, you had to make it in Hollywood to become a celebrity. You couldn’t just strike out on your own and make your own movie or record your own album. Well, you could — but the chance that many people would see it was really small.
Today, it’s an entirely different world, thanks to YouTube. Regular people have become millionaires and celebrities in their own right, just from uploading some videos. From beauty gurus who craft insane looks on camera, to vloggers that share glimpses of their everyday life, there are a ton of people just making a living on YouTube nowadays. There are countless channels on the platform, each with a different focus and approach.
However, what happens when those two worlds collide? There’s no denying that most YouTubers start out as regular people looking to start a new opportunity for themselves. There are a few, though, who are famous already, even before building an audience on YouTube. That’s because they’re celebrities who gained notoriety from their time in the entertainment industry. Then, they used that to launch a YouTube channel with a built-in fan base. Savvy!
Once upon a time, it was almost impossible to get a behind the scenes look at what celebrities were like. Now, thanks to YouTube, they’re sharing everything from their everyday make-up looks to their thoughts on different subjects.
Here are 15 celebrities you may not have known have created their very own YouTube channels. Make sure to hit that button and subscribe!
To say Madelaine Petsch has had a meteoric rise to superstardom would be understating it. She earned one of the coveted spots on the teen hit Riverdale, and suddenly, everyone wanted to know all about her.
Luckily, Riverdale fans got an inside scoop at what her life was like, all thanks to her YouTube channel. She shares a wide variety of videos on her channel, from vlogs while she’s traveling or getting ready for awards shows to make-up tutorials. She also frequently chats about her passion for vegan eating and cruelty-free products. If you’re a fan of the show and you haven’t checked out her YouTube channel yet, you need to — ASAP!
Karlie Kloss is no stranger to being in front of the camera. After all, she spent years and years of her life as a successful supermodel. She walked runways all around the world and starred in countless ad campaigns for major brands.
However, lately, she’s been taking a step back from modeling and trying her hand at different pursuits. One of them is her YouTube channel, Klossy. On her channel, Kloss gives fans a behind the scenes peek into her life. She takes her audience along to noteworthy events and also shares her health and fitness activities.
We have to admit, it’s super smart that she’s diversifying. Eventually, all models have to hang up their hats — when she decides to retire, she’ll already have a thriving business going online.
If you’re a huge fan of Pretty Little Liars, you definitely need to check out Shay Mitchell’s YouTube channel. The gorgeous young starlet has a channel that primarily focuses on beauty. She shares make-up looks, hair tutorials, and much more.
Being a beauty guru is kind of a natural fit for celebrities. After all, they spend countless hours in the make-up chair, getting ready on set. Over the years, they’d obviously pick up quite a few great tips from the artist on set. Mitchell isn’t one to do super over the top make-up looks, but she can show her fans how to look as flawless as she does on the regular.
Tia Mowry has had a few different stages in her career. Many fans first got to know her as one of the twins in the ’90s sitcom Sister, Sister. While she still acts now, she took a bit of a step away from that world to focus on other pursuits in front of the camera.
First of all, she’s busy hosting her own cooking show, Tia Mowry at Home. And, she started her own YouTube channel! Given her cooking show, it probably comes as no surprise that she shares plenty of recipes with her fans. However, she also shares things like hair tutorials. It’s a channel with a little bit of everything!
Ashley Tisdale earned plenty of fans around the world as the sassy Sharpay in the High School Musical franchise. Eventually, she left the world of Disney to pursue other opportunities. And, it turns out, one of those opportunities was launching her very own YouTube channel!
One of the main things she shares on her channel is her music. She loves bringing guest stars to perform songs live, and does all kinds of amazing covers. She also dips her toes into the beauty guru pond by sharing make-up tutorials and unboxings. For any former High School Musical fan, her channel is basically a dream come true.
Many Canadian television fans will remember Shenae Grimes from her role on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Then, she became more of an international star when she landed the leading role as Annie on the 90210 reboot.
Grimes-Beech has taken a bit of a step back from Hollywood lately to focus on her baby. And, she’s also trying to find the time to focus on a new project she has in the works — her YouTube channel!
Grimes-Beech’s channel covers a ton of different things, from her life as a new mom to her make-up tutorials to her favorite products. It’s a great channel to watch if you like all different types of content.
While she’s had quite a few acting roles over the years, most people know Jenna Dewan as the female lead in Step Up. That role definitely transformed her from a dancer to an actress who also dances. She’s taken on different hosting gigs and projects over the years, but there’s one that she’s particularly passionate about — her YouTube channel.
On her channel, Dewan shares glimpses into her life. That includes things like recipes, workouts, her life as a mom, her obsession with crystals and much more. It’s always fascinating to get a look into the real lives of celebrities, through their own eyes.
If you’re a huge fan of The Office and you haven’t yet checked out Angela Kinsey’s YouTube channel, you’re missing out. It’s a ton of fun — and shows a totally different side of her than many fans know!
Although Kinsey’s channel isn’t hers alone — it’s actually something she runs with her husband. You see, Kinsey’s hubby is actually a baker. So, with him, she created a channel called Baking with Josh & Ange. On the channel, the two of them share, well, baking videos! Who would have ever thought we’d get the chance to see one of our favorite characters whipping up baked goods in her kitchen?
Maisie Williams got her start on Game of Thrones when she was still quite young and has grown into an adult over the years. She’s not afraid to share her opinion about controversial issues, and she’s not about to let her voice be ignored.
While her schedule is pretty busy with all her projects, she found the time to take one just one more — starting a YouTube channel. Williams has a channel that is perfect for if you just need a bit of a laugh. She’s not taking herself too seriously or releasing glam tutorials. Instead, she’s sharing silly little glimpses into her life — and we couldn’t love it more!
This is one that we never in a million years would have suspected! It makes sense when younger celebrities start their own YouTube channels. After all, many of them grew up in that world — it’s just as natural to them as doing a standard interview. However, Will Smith is from an earlier era of Hollywood. And yet, he totally gets what’s trending — so he launched his own channel.
Now, he’s definitely not one of the most active YouTubers in the game. However, the fact that he has a channel at all when he’s such an A-Listers is pretty impressive. We can’t wait to see what types of videos he comes up with next!
Nicole “Snooki” LaValle
Over the past decade, Snooki has definitely had a major transformation. There was a time when she was a messy meatball just partying up a storm on the Jersey Shore. Her crazy adventures were documented on reality television and she became an international sensation.
Now, though, she’s a busy mom living a much quieter life in Jersey. Sure, she still makes time to party with her Jersey Shore crew, and even went on a few family vacations with MTV. However, for the most part, she’s spending time with her family — and working on her YouTube channel.
We never would have pegged Snooki as a crafter, but she’s a huge fan of sharing DIY videos. Who knew?
Mayim Bialik is fairly unique in the world of Hollywood. She got her start as a child actress, snagging the leading role on the show Blossom. Then, she left Hollywood to focus on pursuing her Ph.D. in neuroscience. Eventually, she missed being on set and that whole lifestyle, so she returned to acting — luckily landing a major role on a huge sitcom, The Big Bang Theory.
Bialik is definitely someone who isn’t afraid of a packed schedule. In addition to starring on the show, she’s been raising her boys and writing books as well. And, of course, running her very own YouTube channel. On her channel, she shares her thoughts on all kinds of tough topics, and it’s fun to hear all her insights.
Alexa and Carlos PenaVega
You might know Alexa and Carlos PenaVega as Alexa Vega and Carlos Pena, respectively. When the two decided to tie the knot, they took a progressive approach and combined their last names into one. They’re clearly super in love, which is one of the reasons they decided to create a YouTube channel.
Unlike most celebrities on YouTube, they didn’t use their actual full names for the channel. Instead, they named it the adorable LexLovesLos. On their channel, the two of them just share glimpses into their lives and all the drama that involves. It’s crazy just how many celebrities have decided to make a space for themselves on YouTube!
The only thing that surprises us about Kylie Jenner’s YouTube channel is the fact that she didn’t launch it sooner. After all, she’s more than comfortable in front of the camera. She’s been constantly filmed for her family’s reality show since she was a little kid.
Given that the world is utterly obsessed with learning everything about her, it was wise to create a channel of her own. Why give someone else the inside scoop when you could share it with your fans yourself? She also, of course, shares make-up tutorials and selfie secrets, because she definitely has expertise in both those fields. She’s definitely a savvy businesswoman!
Rainn Wilson doesn’t have the kind of YouTube channel where he’s front and center. However, he does have one — and you might not even know he’s the one behind it.
Wilson is actually the co-founder of a company called SoulPancake, which puts together different kind of content for YouTube, including documentary-style short films. The channel is all about celebrating creativity and humanity, and it just shows what an incredible guy Wilson is. Although, we certainly wouldn’t be upset if he decided to create another channel where he was a bit more prominent. We have a feeling fans of his zany character Dwight on The Office would agree!
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