Vine stars Nash Grier and Cameron Dallas costar in the comedy-drama The Outfield, which explores the world of a trio of star high school baseball players and best friends.

Nash Grier, Cameron Dallas On ‘The Outfield’

Neither Grier nor Dallas had long harbored hopes of launching an acting career. The social media mavericks hadn’t set out to take over Vine either. But the two teens quickly saw the potential of their Internet popularity and became determined to make the most of it.

“I didn’t wake up one day and decide, ‘Yo, I’m gonna make videos, I wanna be an entertainer.’ It was like I kind of fell into it. I saw my friends all over this app and there were some hilarious videos on there,” Grier told uInterview. “I just downloaded it and made a couple videos, and then I woke up the next day and had like 50,000 followers and it was insane. I remember that feeling I had,and I was like, ‘Yo, I just wanna keep this going, whatever this is.’ I just tried harder and harder to get more and more followers, and then once I had like a million I was like, ‘Alright, how can I make this a career?’”

For Dallas, it was a similar story.

“I would notice how much traction [Vine] had and how popular it was, so I started taking it more seriously,” Dallas said. “Going from posting goofy things with my friends to posting comedy skits and other things like that. I probably got around to — I don’t know if it was a million – maybe like 750,000 followers.”

Grier and Dallas were introduced a couple of years ago when they were both tapped to participate in a tour called MAGCON with fellow young social media whizzes.

“We all kind of came together from different parts of the country. And I think that really opened all of our eyes to saying like, ‘Yo we all wanna move to L.A., we all wanna get into entertainment, and we all just wanna do this because look how amazing it is,’” said Grier. “I think we all just fell in love with it then.”

Cut to the present, and Grier and Dallas have jumped from starring in 6-second video clips to costarring in a feature-length film. The transition wasn’t as hard as one might imagine, according to Grier. They were, after all, accustomed to being on sets and acting in skits. Furthermore, they were already friends, so it was easy playing buddies on film.

“Our relationship in the film is very unique; I would say there’s nothing like it. I say this with like within the relationship that these three guys have with each other, it’s pretty intense, but it’s like loyalty and friendship at its best, honestly,” sad Grier, adding. “It wasn’t really hard to act that because we had already experienced that with like two years of just being friends.”

The Outfield will be released through video on demand on Nov. 10.


Q: How does your characters’ relationship evolve throughout the film? -

Nash: Our relationship in the film is very unique; I would say there’s nothing like it. I say this with like within the relationship that these three guys have with each other, it’s pretty intense, but it’s like loyalty and friendship at its best, honestly. I think you guys can see that in the film. It wasn’t really hard to act that because we had already experienced that with like two years of just being friends, so it was interesting. It was fun.

Cameron: It’s interesting too, when you have three best friends and you get to see—you know when you’re going through high school you have your set of best friends and everyone has different interests and you get to see when people start deciding their career paths and what they wanna do. And kind of that awkward moment where you’re used to seeing each other every single day, and you’re used to talking to each other every single day and you wanna pursue something now that you’re gonna be leaving high school, but you’re not gonna be talking to your best friends everyday. That’s a cool but sad transition that I think a lot of people go through in high school.

Q: What was it like to transition from social media personalities to acting? -

Nash: I think the hardest part of the transition was the fact that every single day at 8 a.m. it was the same thing. It was 10 hours of shooting, 5 hours of school work and wake up we do it again. Like with what we had done and what we created previously, we’ve been on set before, we’ve acted before, we’ve played characters and roles, we created these little videos and we do the whole thing – creative wise and everything. And now it’s more like we’re just taking someone’s vision and we’re immersing ourselves in it and really just trying to be these people behind us [points to movie poster], and forget our identities and instead of act just kind of react as them. We did a lot of work on our characters, built some crazy backstories and I felt like I was a different person the entire time we filmed that movie.

Q: Nash, how did you first get into making Vine videos? -

Nash: I didn’t wake up one day and decide, ‘Yo, I’m gonna make videos, I wanna be an entertainer.’ It was like I kind of fell into it. I saw my friends all over this app and there were some hilarious videos on there, and I was like ‘I just need to see these.’ So I downloaded it one day and I was like at a lacrosse tournament—

Cameron: Riff Raff

Nash: Yeah, all these random people were using it and I just downloaded it and made a couple videos, and then I woke up the next day and had like 50,000 followers and it was insane. I remember that feeling I had,and I was like, ‘Yo, I just wanna keep this going, whatever this is.’ I just tried harder and harder to get more and more followers, and then once I had like a million I was like, ‘Alright, how can I make this a career?’ Because I think I know that I love doing this and I’m really passionate about it. Then I was asking myself all these questions: How do I gain enough financial sustainability to go to L.A. To get into acting, to get into all these things that i really had no idea about? And it was scary, but here we are.

Q: Cameron, how did you develop your social media following? -

Cameron: It’s somewhat the same type of story. Contrary to the popular belief that I started on Vine, I actually started on Instagram in 2011.

Nash: Cam’s underscore Instagram

Cameron: I crossed over. I made it a point to crossover onto Twitter, Youtube and then that’s when Vine came out. I crossed over to Vine and I would just post content and push everything out on all of the platforms. Then after I crossed over on Vine, I would notice how much traction it had and how popular it was, so I started taking it more seriously. Going from posting goofy things with my friends to posting comedy skits and other things like that. I probably got around to — I don’t know if it was a million – maybe like 750,000 followers. Until I started touring and meeting fans and that was what really set it over, because it was me and Nash and a bunch of other social media kids that were killing it at the same time, kind of pioneering the space. And we all got together and started making content together, collaborating and that really set us off.

Nash: I think that time that we all spent together as like these normal kids in society, we all kind of came together from different parts of the country. And i think that really opened all of our eyes to saying like, ‘Yo we all wanna move to L.A., we all wanna get into entertainment, and we all just wanna do this because look how amazing it is.’ I think we all just fell in love with it then.

Cameron: I just want to stay true to social media. I thought it was really fun, we toured, it was called MAGCON, we toured on that for awhile, and it was really fun and we moved to L.A. Nash wanted to move to L.A. because I lived out in Cali and I was like, ‘Yo, come out here.’ We decided to get a spot together and it was really fun.