Alex Lange Gives RAW Interview, Talks Jake Paul & Team 10
RAW: Tell us where you grew up. You’re a French boy but in L.A.?
ALEX: (laughs) I’m a little bit of an international mess. I was born in Paris, I moved to London when I was two. I lived in London for most of my life. I only moved out to L.A. three years ago, but my dad is South African. So I’m French, English, South African, and American -- technically. I grew up most of my life with a British accent, but then moving out here to L.A., you know...
RAW: What was it like moving to L.A.?
ALEX: I never thought that social media or anything like this would ever happen. I moved to L.A. when I was 13-years-old. I went to a French school and still dreamed about becoming a soccer player, so it never really hit me that any of this could be possible. But I love [L.A.] - I surf, there’s good food, I love the beach, I love the weather. I’ve made the most amazing friends here, so I love it.
RAW: Out of all the places you’ve been what's your favorite place?
ALEX: I’d say Cape Town, South Africa. That’s home to me. It’s a very different vibe-- same kind of weather but it really just feels like vacation in a city. And great people obviously. My grandparents live around there so it really does feel like home.
RAW: Was there a time where you saw someone who really inspired you to be doing something similar?
ALEX: 100%. I think of photographers like Bryant (Eslava) who I’ve looked up to since literally day one. I think of social media influencers like Juanpa (Zurita) who’s a friend of mine is doing amazing things on social media. You look at these people, you aspire to be them, you take from what they do and try and put it into your work. There’s so much good out there. That inspires me to try and get on that level. So that’s always what I’ve done since day one.
RAW: When you first started to get some traction on Instagram, was there a point where you were like “Whoa, this is crazy.”
ALEX: It really hit me when the million came. Just because you look at social media and you see numbers and it doesn’t really hit you, like 100k. It’s just a “K”. But when you really think about it, that’s five Staples Centers. It’s such a huge number of people that are grouping together but it doesn’t really hit you because it’s behind a phone. And it never really hit me where I was like, “Whoa people are maybe paying a little attention to what I’m doing,” until I saw the little tiny “M” pop up. (laughs) I was like,“What!?”
RAW: Do you have any favorite movies?
ALEX: I’d say Bridge to Terabithia. Maybe because [my girlfriend Bailee Madison] is in it. Maybe not. (laughs)
RAW: What was the last movie you saw?
ALEX: Kong: Skull Island! Honestly, not bad. I loved Tom Hiddleston. So fire. As long as there’s a big gorilla and explosions, I’m good for the movie.
RAW: How do you do your hair?
ALEX: A lot of people have asked me this question and people expect me to say like,“Gel! This product!” And I wake up, I put water in my hand, and I go (runs fingers through hair) and that’s pretty much it. I’ve never really done anything to my hair. I don’t use product. I just put water in it and it sticks up.
RAW: How do you feel about social media in general? And where do you think it’s going to go in the next few years?
ALEX: Social media is a beautiful thing, meaning that it’s one way that you can connect with the world, but I must say that this one thing about it that is iffy is the fact that it can be used for good the same way it can be used for bad. I’ve always tried to portray myself as a role model or as a good influence to whoever I can. But there’s also not the greatest people that are out there who we call influencers, so there’s a bit of good, a bit of bad. But I really do believe it’s a beautiful thing. And I think it’s starting to hit traditional media more and have more of an impact. I do think it’s going to grow and transition into traditional media if that makes sense.
RAW: What was it like when you got in contact with such a big name in social media like Jake Paul? Can you describe that feeling you had?
ALEX: He DM’d me on Twitter originally and he was like, “Yo do you want to go to a dance battle with me?” I was like “what?” and he was like, “I did a movie called Dance Camp for YouTube Red. I’m inviting you to this dance battle. I see your stuff on social media. I’m a fan. Do you want to come with me?” So I was like “yeah sure.” I went out there with my brother and from day one [Jake] taught me the ins and outs of social media. Then, obviously he got busy with Bizaardvark and shooting stuff so we kind of went our separate ways here and there, but he was definitely like a mentor so that's something I’m very grateful for.
RAW: Are you officially part of Team 10?
ALEX: I am. I was in school for a little while, so I kind of went off. This year I’m doing online school to try and figure out more time and hopefully be able to create more content and do as much as I can with what I have, so I’m getting more busy with that. My parents support me with what I’m doing and it’s a bond of trust that we have with each other. And at the end of the day, if you can do what you love and call it work then that’s what I want to do.ᴿᴬᵂ