Troye Sivan Mellet (born 5 June 1995), better known as Troye Sivan, is a South African-Australian actor, YouTuber and singer-songwriter. As an actor, he played young James Howlett in the 2009 X-Men film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and most recently has starred in the Spud film trilogy. Sivan also regularly makes YouTube videos, and as of 22 August 2014, has over two and a half million subscribers and over 112 million total views.
On 26 June 2014, Sivan publicly announced through his YouTube channel that he had signed a record deal with Universal Music, and released his new EP, entitled TRXYE, through EMI Music Australia in August 2014. He is currently in the process of writing and recording his debut studio album.
Sivan was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. His family moved to Australia when he was two years old. Sivan currently lives in Perth, Australia with his parents and three siblings. He is Jewish (his father was born to a Jewish family and his mother converted to Judaism). Sivan was homeschooled. Troye's middle name is Sivan and he embraced it as his stage name.
Sivan sung at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Channel Seven Perth Telethon. His 2006 performance included a duet with Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian. Sivan made it to the grand finals of StarSearch 2007. His debut album, Dare to Dream, was released in February 2008. The CD includes five songs "There's a Hero", "Angels Brought Me Here", "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Unsung Hero" and "The Prayer".
In 2007, Sivan starred as Oliver Twist in a production of Oliver! at the Regal Theatre. In 2008, Sivan was cast in a West Australian short film, Betrand the Terrible. In February 2008, Sivan was cast as young James Howlett in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sivan got the part after videos of his telethon performance were posted on YouTube, catching the attention of a Hollywood agent who contacted Sivan and asked him to send in an audition tape. Though Kodi Smit-McPhee was already cast for this role, he was unable to be a part of the film, due to his other film, The Road. On 20 September 2008, Sivan sang in the opening of Storm the Stage at the Burswood Entertainment Complex. In July 2009, he auditioned successfully for the lead role in Spud, a film adaptation of the 2005 novel by South African author John van de Ruit. Filming took place in South Africa from early March to mid-April 2010. Sivan appeared in the West Australian season of Samuel Beckett's absurdist play Waiting for Godot which opened on 28 May 2010. Sivan shared the role of "Boy" with Craig Hyde-Smith, alternating nights. In February 2010, Sivan opened the "We Are the World 25 for Haiti (YouTube Edition)", the collaborative music charity video produced by Lisa Lavie to help raise money for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
In June 2012, Sivan returned to South Africa to film Spud 2: The Madness Continues, which was released in South Africa on 21 June 2013. In December 2012, Sivan produced his own music video through YouTube called "The 2012 Song" telling the story of the year from his perspective. On 5 May 2013, Sivan made a video called "The Fault in Our Stars", inspired by the book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Before posting the official music video onto YouTube, he posted the song to Tumblr. Over the period of that night he had more than 100,000 notes, many of which expressed support for a music video; Sivan decided he would make one. He went to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, located in Perth, and filmed the official music video. He spent the day with two girls suffering from cancer, Kimmy and Montana.