Who is Chris Olsen? Social media star going viral on TikTok

Chris Olsen TikTok star goes viral red carpet lookInstagram: chrisolsen

If you’re a TikTok user, chances are you’ve heard the name Chris Olsen. Having risen to fame after joining the platform, he’s now often seen attending the hottest red carpet events while also boasting some famous friends. Here’s everything we know about him.

Chris Olsen is a social media star who was named TikTok’s Sexiest Man by People Magazine in 2020.

He boasts 10.2 million followers on the viral video platform and his uploads often garner millions of views each, often showing his everyday life with his family.

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The influencer is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and was notably in a long-term relationship with fellow influencer Ian Paget before the couple parted ways earlier this year.

Chris Olsen goes viral for tux look Oscars 2022Instagram: chrisolsen

How old is Chris Olsen?

Olsen was born in Washington DC, USA in 1997 and is currently 25 years old – and he certainly doesn’t look a day over 30! So when curious fans came across information on Wikipedia that claimed he was 70 in late 2021, there was some understandable shock and confusion.

No, Olsen didn’t discover the Fountain of Youth; instead, it seems that an editor on Wikipedia got the TikToker confused with a child actor from the 70s.

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Olsen addressed the confusion on social media with a humorous TikTok. The situation saw him soar even higher in followers and made for a hilarious moment that some fans still look back on with fondness.

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Chris Olsen’s birthday party with Meghan Trainor

On December 22, Chris hit the headlines again after his birthday celebrations alongside Meghan Trainor and Joshua Bassett (also born in December) went viral on TikTok.

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The trio celebrated in style, with a shopping trip to Target of all places. There was also this viral TikTok of Trainor’s son saying Chris’ name.

How did Chris Olsen get famous?

Olsen, like a lot of people, joined TikTok at the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020. His first video was of him doing a press-up challenge along with his then boyfriend, fellow Tiktoker Ian Paget.

Since then, his following quickly grew as his videos continued to go viral. As lockdown came to an end, Olsen managed to grow even more popular as he started to hang out with A-list celebs, including Meghan Trainor, Joshua Bassett, Kris Jenner and Penn Badgley.

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While mainly creating entertaining videos ranging from anything from viral trends to opening up about his day to day life, Olsen is also part of the LGBTQIA+ community as well as the AAPI community, and often talk about his past with addiction and now being sober.

On top of Olsen’s TikTok success, Olsen is also a talented singer and actor, and also holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Boston Conservatory. He starred in 2022 TV series The Book of Queer. He is also starring in two upcoming projects, a TV series called Broken Dreams and a movie musical called 1660 Vine.

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Chris Olsen attends the 2022 Oscars in red tux

Olsen attended the 94th Academy Awards, posting several videos showing himself wearing a bright red suit (the unintentional twin to Simu Liu’s stunning Oscars look).


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After getting told he couldn’t bring coffee on the red carpet, Olsen gave an emotional thank you to his fans over on Instagram upon attending the star-studded event that saw Will Smith slap Chris Rock in the face during the Awards ceremony.

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Ian Paget congratulates Chris Olsen on Oscars attendance

Ex-boyfriend Ian Paget also attended the Oscars.

Paget gave Olsen a shoutout over on Instagram, saying how proud he was of his former partner and that the two were both able to “check another dream off the list” in spite of the jaw-dropping events that took place that evening.

Ian Paget congratulates Chris OlsenInstagram: ianpaget
Ian Paget notably congratulated Chris Olsen during their appearance at the 2022 Academy Awards.

Luckily, it doesn’t seem like any such drama befell Olsen while he walked the red carpet (and his red tux didn’t suffer any stains from his daring coffee experiment).

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