Jake Paul: 6 Probing Questions With the Internet Phenomenon

From his response to the rise of racism in Trump's America to what really happened at the infamous Team 10 house in the moments leading up to his viral news video, the YouTuber held nothing back.

Not everything from The Hollywood Reporter's no-limits interview with Jake Paul made it into this week's profile of the controversial YouTube phenomenon. Here then are six more questions from the exchange and Jake's revealing answers to them. 

Describe a day in the life of Jake Paul. 

It kind of, like, varies. Last night I was in meetings until 9 o'clock. And then I got a workout in for an hour. I always try to get a workout in every single day. And then at 10 o'clock, I headed to the studio to work on new songs. I did that until 2 a.m. Then I woke up around 8 a.m. and started filming my vlog. After this, I'm going to the gym again. Then I have another business call at 11. At noon I really start to dive into creating new content for my vlog. When I'm done, I'm always just catching up on the business side of things and following up with my managers and agents and the CEO of Team 10, to see how everything's doing. I'm always on the phone with my merchandise company, working out new designs and coming up with creative marketing strategies.

But working out is a priority.

I always say fitness is the first step to greatness. And I try to encourage my fans to be on the same page as that. Because fitness is the first step to setting a habit that you necessarily don't want to do but are still committed to doing every single day. And so I think that's why I always, always try to get a workout in. Plus it kind of clears your mind.

What do you make of the resurgence of racism making headlines these days?

My school was actually really diverse. There was actually a lot of Arabic [students] and Mexican [students], pretty much, like, all races, but primarily Caucasian. Honestly, it's crazy to me and I try to keep my nose out of it. And, like, I don't have any racial preferences or dislikes or whatever. So to me it's all so crazy and like I said, I just try to keep my nose out of it and spread positivity and encourage others to kind of [ignore] that stuff. 'Cause to me it's crazy — like it's 2017 and all that stuff's still happening.

Were you a good student?

I actually was a good student, but I never applied myself 'cause I was always like, “I don't love doing this.” I wasn't passionate about school. I always got a B, just to pass. But what's crazy is I got a 29 on my ACT test without even studying. So I was always like just smart — but never really cared.

What happened in the moments before you confronted the KTLA reporter?

So I was like, all right, I'm gonna go out there and literally my goal was to act like an idiot. That person that you see on camera is not who I am on a day-to-day basis. I can turn that mode on as an entertainer. But yeah, the press and people took it the wrong way. To me it was hilarious. I thought it was so funny and I thought it was silly jokes. I was just having fun.

Whose career would you say you are patterning yourself after?

I envision my career like a younger Ashton Kutcher, where he's acting and growing his celebrity brand but also is heavily involved on the business side of things and understands business. He became a tech mogul. I want to become an entertainment, tech and business mogul just in general. So I see myself growing my celebrity as much as possible and utilizing that through all my businesses. I’d like to meet [Ashton]. I think it would be cool to pick his brain on things.

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