Keean Johnson actively began his Hollywood career in 2007, however, he had to wait for over a decade to get his first taste of mainstream success which came in the 2019 film Alita: Battle Angel, where he played the supporting character of Hugo. He made his debut appearance in Big Green Rabbit. Since then, he has gone on to appear in shows like Spooksville, The Fosters, and Nashville.
Johnson’s success in Hollywood joins the mountain of evidence of Hollywood’s embrace of young creatives. With a growing filmography and a long career ahead, we took a look at all the facts you need to know about Keean Johnson. The first one? He appeared on Broadway as a child.
Keean Johnson Has Performed In More than 300 Broadway Shows
Keean Johnson was born on the 25th of February 1996 in Colorado. His birth name is Keean Manny Johnson. He is one of at least two children born to his parents, with the other being a younger brother named Cade.
His parents encouraged his early start in acting and supported him through homeschooling and acting lessons. As a result of his parents’ support and his early introduction to the world of acting, he began to appear on Broadway shows at a young age. Keean secured roles for plays like Billy Elliot and Plainsong. The former, with the contributing performance of Keean, won a Tony Award.
His acting journey took him from New York to Chicago and then to Los Angeles. Since he moved to Los Angeles, his filmography has grown, with appearances across the small and big screen.
His Filmography Includes Not Less Than 18 Credits
Keean’s debut role came when he was just 11 years of age in a 2007 episode of the TV show, Big Green Rabbit. He played an unnamed character and did not appear in any other project until 2012, at the age of 16. The Colorado-born actor returned to the screen with an appearance in the short film, Sam Presents. He played the character, Sam Armstrong.
His appearance in the short film marked the launch of a steady rise to the top in Hollywood for Keean Johnson. In the following year, he got his first significant role in a TV show, Spooksville, where he played the character, Adam Freeman, for 22 episodes. He also reprised the role in a spin-off show, Spooksville Freak Files, in 5 episodes.
After Spooksville came to an end in 2014, Keean began to appear in another project, Nashville, playing the character, Colt Wheeler and in the same year, starred in an episode of Switched at Birth.
His time on Nashville did not come to an end until 2016, but during his break from the show, he starred in another show, The Fosters, playing the characters, Tom and Tony.
Before he hit mainstream and box office success through Alita: Battle Angel, he starred in his first feature-length film in Heritage Falls, playing the character, Markie Fitzpatrick, in 2016.
In 2016, he also appeared in the shows, Notorious and Guidance, where he starred in 8 episodes, playing Kyo Ozonaka. After 2016, Keean Johnson did not appear in any other project until 2019, when he returned to the screen as Hugo in Alita: Battle Angel.
Johnson played a supporting role in the film and was one of the better parts of the film. In 2019, Keean Johnson also starred in Low Tide and Midway.
Keean Johnson for 6 episodes appeared in the recurring role of Daniel in the teen drama series Euphoria which premiered in June 2019.
Some of Johnson’s other works include Emperor, Cut Throat City, and The Ultimate Playlist of Noise.
His Most Significant Works So Far
Keean Johnson still has a long way to go before becoming a Hollywood icon, but he is on the right path. A glance through his filmography shows he has appeared in significant capacity in some popular productions.
One of his most outstanding works is Spooksville, which was also his first major credit. As Adam Freeman, he was one of the show’s leads, and his performances earned him two award recognitions; the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series and part of the cast for Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series.
Although he did not win either award, it was a recognition of his talent, and what to expect from him. His next major work came in his role as Colt Wheeler in Nashville. He began as a guest star on the show in the second season before his character was upgraded to a recurring character in the third and fourth seasons.
The most significant role of his career so far came in 2019, when he starred as a male lead in Alita: Battle Angel. In the film, he played a morally conflicted scrap dealer and love interest of the lead actress, Alita, played by Rosa Salazar. The film was an international blockbuster and earned $404.8 million at the global box office.
What We Know About The Actor’s Personal Life
He Is In A Romantic Relationship with Sofia Boutella
Keean Johnson has found success as an actor and has equally found success romantically. He is in a relationship with Sofia Boutella. Sofia is a French-Algerian actress and dancer who has appeared in films like Climax. Although their relationship made it to the news in February 2019, they have been together since 2018.
He is not the Only Actor of in his Family
Keean’s younger brother, Cade Johnson, is also an aspiring actor and has already starred in a History Channel documentary, playing the young version of Ronald Reagan in Reagan.
His Mother is Three Quarters Hispanic
Keean Johnson’s mother is a former cheerleader for the Denver Nuggets basketball team. While she is American, she is also three-quarters Hispanic – one-quarter Mexican, one-half Chilean. She is also responsible for starting him on the acting path after she took him to dance classes.