Addison Rae as Padgett Sawyer
Although this is Rae’s first full-length feature, she is no stranger to the camera. She started her career as a dancer, launching a TikTok channel in 2019 featuring her dance versions of popular songs. At the age of 20, the Louisiana celebrity is worth over $5 million and has over 83.4 million followers on TikTok (far more than her character in the film). Rae has her own line of merchandise, but has also endorsed brands including Chantilly Boutique, Cheapskate, FashionNova, McCrary Jewelers and Uptown. (It seems doubtful that she trusts any of them for corporate sponsorship the way Padgett trusts sponsor Bunny Venom, given her payout rate per video on TikTok and the reports of what she brings in monthly on YouTube.)
Character Padgett is known for her makeover instructions (some of which give bad advice like using toothpaste to reduce pimples), and in fact Rae’s first-ever YouTube video showed you how to do hair and makeup. Another is a Q&A with her 2020 flame, Bryce Hall. But more of her videos on both YouTube and TikTok feature music, and in addition to the required dance numbers for teen movies in He is all that Rae does an excellent karaoke in the movie with co-star Buchanan.
Bryce Hall‘s cameo
Speaking of Bryce Hall, Rae’s fellow TikTok star (21 million followers) makes a cameo in the film. Hall’s career as an influencer began when he was livestreaming on YouTube at the age of 15 in an attempt to make friends after being bullied. The social media influencer moved from Maryland to Los Angeles and joined TalentX Entertainment’s Sway House to create content for multiple platforms.
In the film, Hall has no lines, but empathizes with Padgett’s ex, Jordan Van Draanen (Peyton Meyer) about girls. In the scene, Van Draanen mourns soulfully that the girl he dumped Padgett for has ghosted him, and then asks his friends (including Hall) if they caught all of that on camera. (By the time of the film’s release, Hall and Rae were no longer together, which might make viewers curious about what Hall feels about that scene now…)
Spencer X as the DJ
TikTok viewers can also see the cameo of Beatboxer Spencer X as the DJ behind the karaoke competition. With over 54 million followers, the Sound Effects Champion (labeled Mouth Music Man on his site) also has two singles of beatboxing and remixed vocals available on Spotify.
Kourtney Kardashian as Jessica Miles Torres
While Kardashian needs no introduction, this true friend of Rae takes on the role of Padgett’s sponsor, an exec at Bunny Venom, who fires Padgett when her image goes wrong. Kardashian became a reality star in 2007 Keeping up with the Kardashians and is involved in fashion along with her sisters. Due to her popular social media presence, Kardashian is regularly compensated by brands for putting their products in her posts. She also headed the lifestyle website, Poosh.