YouTube sensation and “superwoman” Lilly Singh is ready for her big-screen debut: A Trip to Unicorn Island, a new documentary about her world tour and life that will arrive soon.
“It’s very close to my heart,” Singh told EW about the project, a sneak peek of which debuted at VidCon on Friday and can be seen above.
“It’s a story about me going through the trials and tribulations of my life, and really making the decision to be happy,” Singh, who has more than 6 million subscribers on YouTube, said. “How can I tell this story of not just my tour but my life in general to people that came to the show or couldn’t come to the show? I didn’t want to make it a video because I wanted to transcend beyond the audience I have. I wanted it to be in this fashion of storytelling where you could come on a journey through my life framed through my tour.
In the same way as her popular videos, Singh’s tour includes everything from comedy to music to frank discussions about her battles with depression and her family life.
“Really what everyone wants — what I want — is to feel someone else understands them. I remember making a video called ‘Draw of My Life’ where I talked about dealing with depression and family problems,” she said. “I remember reading so many comments that said, ‘Wow, this is a really honest video.’ From then I decided, you know what, I have people listening and I want to tell them something they can connect to. A part of not only my show but the person I am and the type of film this will be is a very no-barrier, no-holds-barred me being very honest with you — me talking about depression and overcoming that. When people hear that they can connect with you. Not as like, ‘She’s famous and she makes videos,’ but as a human being. She is just like us and I’m just like her and we can connect on something beyond a consumer and celebrity relationship.”
In the “Draw My Life” video, Singh mentioned how she loved Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Two years after that video was published, the two have become friends (Johnson even appears in A Trip to Unicorn Island.
“I’ve been a huge fan of Dwayne for as long as I can remember. As a kid you dream one day you’re going to meet your childhood hero. My fans bombarded him with tweets one day, he tweeted me back and we started this digital relationship where we tweeted back and forth for a while,” Singh said. “We met at the MTV Movie Awards, and since then we’ve connected many times. Hopefully we will work together one day. He’s mentioned that’s now his goal.”
As for her success, Singh said it still surprises her.
“It’s overwhelming. I could do the answer that everyone says: It’s so wonderful. But what I will tell you is that every time I go on the stage, I’m trying to be authentic and speaking and hoping that people will relate to me,” she said. “What’s special about this tour is that I have so many friends come up to me and say I didn’t know what to expect from the show. I took 12 steps out of my comfort zone — music, comedy, inspiration — most important, there was that story of my life told in two hours. And I hope it touches people’s hearts.”
Watch the teaser for A Trip to Unicorn Island, from Astronauts Wanted, above.