Indo-Canadian Digital Media star Lilly Singh will play Raven, a tabloid vlogger who works with the fire department to spread the ministry’s propaganda by broadcasting their book-burning raids to fans. She joins an A-list cast that includes Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, and “The Mummy” star Sofia Boutella.
LOS ANGELES – Indo-Canadian Digital Media star Lilly Singh has landed her first big Hollywood gig with much hyped HBO’s film adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451”.
Based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel of the same name, the show depicts a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed, and “firemen” burn books — Montag, a young fireman, forsakes his world, battles his mentor, and struggles to regain his humanity, reported Variety magazine.
Singh, a popular Youtube personality, will play Raven, a tabloid vlogger who works with the fire department to spread the ministry’s propaganda by broadcasting their book-burning raids to fans. She joins an A-list cast that includes Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, and “The Mummy” star Sofia Boutella.
The role marks the digital star’s first major acting gig. She previously appeared in the film “Bad Moms” and also voiced a character in “Ice Age: Collision Course.” Singh is one of many digitally-native stars who have crossed over into traditional media, such as Colleen Ballinger and Jake Paul.
“Fahrenheit 451” is executive produced by Jordan through his Outlier Productions, Sarah Green of Brace Cove Productions, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen, and Noruz Films’ Ramin Bahrani, who is co-writing with Amir Naderi. David Coatsworth is a producer. Bahrani is also directing the pic.
The formerly Toronto-based Singh, who now makes home in Los Angeles, is repped by WME and Sarah Weichel Management.
Singh, who has 11 million YouTube followers, has won a People's Choice Award, collaborated with the likes of Michelle Obama and her recently released book climbed at the top of bestseller lists: How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life.
The 28-year-old was interviewed by CBC's On The Coast host Stephen Quinn, where she talked about her book and her success. Here is the Q & A!
Q: In the book, you talk about taking being a "bawse" to the next level. What does that mean?
A: When you think of boss, you think of workplace. A "bawse," though, is so much more epic. You have to change the spelling because it applies to all facets of your life: your personal life, professional life, your relationships, your communication — everything about you.
Q: How do you maintain the constant need for content, being a social media star?
A: I always say I didn't want a nine-to-five job, but now I have a 24/7 job. I make two pieces of scripted comedy a week, which is a lot. In addition to that, I daily vlog , which is a lot. It's a lot of me paying attention, to be honest. I'm very observational — I pay attention to what's happening around me. I'm basically eavesdropping on everyone.
Q: You write about "the need to hustle and then hustle harder." Do you think that's what's necessary for young people today when it comes to finding sustainable work?
A: Yes, especially in this day and age. Millennials are entrepreneurial. And when they do something, there's probably 100 people trying to do the same thing, if not more. Now kids are like, "I want to be a YoutTuber, that's what I want to do for a career." There's some crazy stat about the number of minutes uploaded to YouTube each day. You're going to have to hustle harder in everything you do today.
Q: What do you tell them?
A: I like to be honest. [I say,] 'That's great, but know that YouTube, like everything else, is not for everyone.' You still have to have a point of view and a message. It's easy to think 'I'll just make a YouTube video and be rich and famous because I'll be loud and eat weird things,' but you still need to have a point of view.
Q: So what makes you stand out?
A: I'm a South Asian woman and I think I'm one of the first to do comedy on YouTube. I started YouTube at the perfect time where people were thinking, "There's a brown girl on the internet talking about things! This is so intriguing!"
But since then, I think I've just maintained my level of relatability. I talk about fighting with your parents. I mean, who doesn't fight with their parents? I talk about relationship issues and school issues and all these things people experience but maybe don't talk about.
I try to maintain positivity, because if I'm going to put something out there in the world that 11 million people are going to see, let it be something positive.