Keean Johnson only began to receive recognition in the entertainment world in 2013, but he had been active in the spotlight since the age of 11. Johnson is a quadruple-threat with active careers as an actor, photographer, dancer, and musician. He manages to strike the right balance between his talents, sharing his photography and artworks on social media, posting his dance videos on Youtube while booking both TV and film roles. Some of his small screen credits include Nashville and Spooksville and on the big screen, Alita: Battle Angel (2019) where he portrayed the role of Hugo.
Keean Johnson: Biography
The talented entertainer was born as Keean Manny Johnson on the 25th of February 1995 in Colorado. Though his father, Mark, is British, Johnson holds American citizenship as it was his place of birth; also, his mother holds American citizenship. Johnson owes a lot to his mother for the level of excellence he has achieved at all of his talents.
From a very young age, starting in the fourth grade, Keean’s mother homeschooled him alongside his younger brother. His mother’s decision was due to her philosophy that creativity was just as important as academia. In his interview with Flaunt, Johnson revealed that while growing up, his mother would make him do something creative in addition to learning things related to academia like maths, science and social studies.
This foundation proved to be vital for young Johnson who has grown to maintain a steady level of activity at all of his crafts. In addition to getting him homeschooled, Keean Johnson’s parents were less possessive of him from a young age, giving him the privilege to become more independent. As a result, they had no problems with their son traveling the country to audition for gigs.
His career began professionally when he was 11 years old, his first gig being a role in a stage play called Plainsong. His parents would later relocate to New York where Johnson would come to appear in over 300 Broadway shows. He had a part in the 2008 play Billy Elliot which went on to win a Tony Award.
Following his time in Manhattan, Keean Johnson in 2010 relocated to Chicago where he continued acting in plays. It was while acting in one play that he was discovered by Claire Simon, a casting director, who saw deep into his talent and encouraged his family to relocate to Los Angeles to better his chances at an acting career.
His family yielded and upon reaching Hollywood, it didn’t take much time before Keean Johnson began bagging roles. His first screen gig was a recurring role as Colt Wheeler in the second season of Nashville. His role lasted from 2012 to 2018. While on the show, he booked another recurring role in The Fosters. His first series regular role was that of Adam Freeman on Hub Network’s Spooksville. The role which came right after he graduated from high school earned him two Young Artist Award nominations.
Prior to his big role in Alita: Battle Angel, Johnson appeared in the INSP-produced comedy-drama Heritage Falls which was released in 2016.
His Relationship with actress Sofia Boutella
Keean Johnson has already found his celebrity girlfriend. In February of 2019, news surfaced that he was in a relationship with actress Sofia Boutella. Sources reported that the two had begun dating for at least a year before their revelation in February 2019.
The news came after the couple made their first public outing together at the Los Angeles premiere of Johnson’s Alita: Battle Angel. After going public with their relationship, the two also increased the frequency at which they posted about each other on social media. One of their Instagram posts that stood out was a photo of an artistic collaboration between them.
A major talking point of their relationship post-announcement was the huge age gap between them; Keean Johnson is 14 years younger than the beautiful actress. Sofia Boutella has many acting credits to her name, among them; Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Mummy, and Atomic Blonde where she had a lesbian sex scene with Charlize Theron.
Everything To Know About the Actor
• At the age of 6, Keean Johnson had a role as Sam Armstrong in a short film titled, Sam Presents.
• He has a younger brother named Cade who was born on August 27, 1999. Cade is an aspiring actor and played as the young Reagan in the History Channel’s documentary, titled, Reagan.
• His favourite vacation country is Iceland which owes to the fact that he loves surfing.
• His top three things to travel with includes a sketchbook, headphones and a good book.