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Stevie Ryan saw the potential of YouTube in its early days and became one of its stars. She has parlayed that into mainstream media success with her new weekly pop culture sketch show, Stevie TV, which premieres Sunday on VH1. And it all really started with her desire to make things happen for herself.
While modeling and auditioning for acting parts in L.A., Ryan discovered YouTube “back before Google took it over and when the biggest video had maybe, like, 300 views,” the Victorville, Calif. native explains to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I had realized that people were putting these videos up themselves and it was so new then that I was like ‘What? This is so weird,’ ” the 26-year-old says. “And then I realized, wait, my boyfriend at the time had a little camera and I realized on my laptop that I had an editing thing and I thought, ‘Oh, I can do a little movie too.’ ”
Ryan experimented with different types of videos in the early days. She was in to silent films for a while and then she started doing spoofs of celebrities and reality shows.
“I remember waking up and one little loca video had like 900 hits and I was like ‘Oh, my gosh. There’s people watching this?’ ” Ryan remembers. “And it just kept going and then I did this Paris Hilton thing and then it literally was just growing and growing. And I just became so obsessed with all of it.”
It was her video parody of the E! reality series, Pretty Wild, that got the attention of the company behind the show, New Wave Entertainment, and that’s when the ball started rolling on developing Ryan’s female-driven sketch show.
Sampling from a wide range of pop culture from TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, Ryan says she doesn’t always love the people she spoofs at first, but she does feel as if she walks away with an appreciation for them. Though, she says there is one exception to that rule: The Kardashians.
“It’s hard for me to go to a shallow place and so Kim Kardashian is the one character that I walk away from that I’m not in love with,” she admits. “The Kardashians are probably the only ones that I’m like, yeah, don’t like them after playing them, I still don’t really care for them. But I love to do them, because we’ve got to do them.”
Stevie TV premieres Sunday at 11 p.m. on VH1.
Watch Ryan take on the Kardashians in the preview below.
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