Hi, my name is Grace Helbig, if you did not know, now you know! Your life is different now!
Whether starting her own YouTube challenge or sharing her off-the-cuff fashion reviews and hangover tips, Grace Helbig starts every video with this simple line. Its the perfect personification of her self-deprecating and relatable comedy. But more deeply, for many of Helbigs 3.1 million fans, this statement is an affirmation of the difference Helbig has made to young women around the world.
Shes been credited by the Atlantic for using the internet to mentor young teen girls with compassion and humor, shes become a pioneer of comedy on YouTube in the process. When she relaunched her her own personal channel ItsGrace (since renamed GracieHinABox) in January 2014, after parting with My Damn Channel, she gained 1.5 million subscribers in just two and a half weeks. Last August, she hit a new milestone of over 3 million fans.
Her channel, alongside the greats of John and Hank Green, has given legitimacy and character to the developing YouTube community. And to the larger entertainment world, Helbig has become a symbol of change, proving that authenticity and a good camera are the things you need to pave your own path to a successful entertainment career.
15 fascinating facts about Grace Helbig
1. Helbig was a track star in high school
Helbig grew up in Woodbury, New Jersey, and in January 2013, she was profiled by the local Courier Post. The headline read, Versatile Helbig excels in classroom, on track and now with pole vault.
2. She entered the Miss New Jersey USA pageant competition in 2005
A decade before she had her own show on the E! Television network, Helbig was struggling to find her first break. She reached the semifinals, and frankly, wed like to meet the women who somehow placed higher than her.
3. Helbig moved to New York City to pursue improv and standup comedy
After graduating from Ramapos School of Contemporary Arts, summa cum laude no less, she moved to NYC and took classes at the Peoples Improv Theater.
4. She initially started making videos to stave off boredom
Helbigs first vlogs were filmed in November 2007, while she was housesitting for a family in South Orange, New Jersey. That led to her first webseries, Grace n Michelle, with her college roommate Michelle Akin (ne Vargas).
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5. Her first big hit involved R-rated bedtime stories
After signing with My Damn Channel, Helbig creates a short animated series called Bedtime Stories in which she reinterpreted well-known fairy tales in a way that would make your grandmother blush.
6. She produced over 800 episodes of Daily Grace
In 2008, Helbig started her daily vlog series for My Damn Channel in which she portrayed an older, awkward, hot mess sister trying her best to give advice and show everything was going to be OK. 95 percent of the time, its me sitting at home in my apartment thinking about things that are goofy, Helbig told the Daily Dot in 2012.
7. Helbig hosted a late-night talk show
In 2015, Helbig tried her hand at mainstream entertainment with The Grace Helbig Show, a short-lived late-night talk show on E! that collided the worlds of traditional comedy and YouTube with guests from both.
8. Shes one-third of the “Holy Trinity”
You cant talk about Grace Helbig without at least mentioning Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart (no relation). The trio has made movies, infinite video collaborations, and even hosted live shows around the United States together. Currently, the three are promoting their latest movie, Dirty 30, a comedy that feels a bit Bridesmaids and a bit Sisters.