Addison Rae Easterling was born October 6, 2000 and is an American social media personality and actress.
Easterling was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, to parents Monty Lopez and Sheri Easterling. Rae has two younger brothers, Enzo Lopez and Lucas Lopez, and an older half-sister, Macye Neumeyer, who has 2 daughters of her own.
Addison’s parents initially divorced when she was younger and were on and off often throughout her childhood before remarrying in 2017. Both parents also have their own presence on TikTok.
Rae started dancing competitively at the age of six where she attended competitions across the country. Before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her TikTok career, the dancer briefly attended Louisiana State University (LSU) where she studied sports broadcasting in the fall but then dropped out when she began to gain popularity on TikTok.
Addison Rae has millions and millions of followers on TikTok; she first joined it in July 2019, uploading dance videos to trending songs on the platform. She has been part of The Hype House, a TikTok collaborative group, since its formation in December 2019. In just a few months, Rae gained over one million followers on TikTok and decided to leave LSU in November.
She signed with talent agency WME in January 2020, along with her parents. In that same month, Addison released a weekly podcast exclusive to Spotify with her mother called “Mama Knows Best” in July 2020 entailing topics covering their personal and career life. In 2021, Rae relaunched this podcast with the new name, “That was Fun? With Addison and Sheri.”
Addison has launched her own cosmetics line, Item Beauty, with her as the role of Chief Innovation Officer. She co-founded Item Beauty with Madeby Collective, and she oversees most of the products in the brand.
Rae starred in He’s All That, a remake film of the 1999 teen comedy She’s All That. Her role was inspired by Freddie Prinze Jr.’s character Zachary Siler from the original. The film was released on Netflix in August 2021. Rae subsequently signed a deal with Netflix. On February 2, 2022, Rae announced on Instagram that she had signed to join the cast of a new movie called Fashionista, produced by Paramount, which is currently in the works.
In January 2021, Rae donated her $1 million in prize money from winning an all-star Mario Tennis Aces tournament called the Stay At Home Slam to the charity No Kid Hungry.
Rae’s TikTok success has led her to work with companies such as Reebok, L’Oréal, Hollister and American Eagle. In July 2020, she partnered with American Eagle on the brand’s campaign of #AExME Back to School ’20 ads as the brand did their first virtual photoshoot that encompasses shots in Addison’s bedroom due to the pandemic.