Rodney Petersen spends a day with YouTubers Logan and Jake Paul

  • Rodney Petersen is a TikToker who posed as a YouTuber Logan Paul lookalike.
  • Petersen recently had the chance to meet and film with Logan Paul and his brother Jake.
  • Here is her story of what it was like to meet the influencers, told to Charissa Cheong.

Over the past year, I’ve developed an online presence as a lookalike of YouTube star Logan Paul on TikTok.

I didn’t expect this to be what I would do with my time, but after creating an account and people in my comments section saying I looked like the controversial influencer, I decided to integrate the lookalike into my online brand.

I now have 207,000 followers and live with my wife and four kids in Iowa, where I build fences for a living.

I never would have guessed that I would meet Logan Paul through my TikTok account. But when I did, the experience was even better than I could have hoped for.

I was shocked when Logan Paul contacted me and agreed to film the content together

In October, Insider published an interview with me about my content and my TikTok account. Shortly after the story appeared, Logan Paul messaged me on social media and called me his “twin.”

I was immediately stunned and responded by suggesting that we meet someday and film some content together. Logan seemed to like the idea.

Next thing I know, I’m driving 21 hours to Arizona, where Logan’s influencer-turned-boxer-brother Jake Paul was going to fight former UFC champ Anderson Silva.

A post shared by Logan Paul (@loganpaul)

The plan was for my family and I to watch Jake’s fight on October 29 and then film content with Logan for our two TikTok accounts.

After the fight, I went to meet Logan outside of Jake’s AirBnB to film with him, and his assistant came to meet me, carrying Logan’s briefcase. He gave me shoes, necklaces, and a hat, and I was told to wear the outfit so I matched Logan and could film the content as his lookalike.

Logan put up a video where he made some of his friends and family, including Jake, react to the two of us standing next to each other. He filmed their real reaction: everyone was laughing and saying that we really looked alike, even in our manners.

It was also cool to see how a big influencer pulls content. Logan had a whole crew with him and they were talking about camera angles and sound quality. I learned a lot which I hope can help me improve as a content creator.

I was pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the Paul brothers

I spent a lot of time with Logan and Jake on the trip, and although they both have controversial online pasts, they were both extremely kind to me and my family, on and off camera.

They both met my children and played with them. There was a time when my son got really excited and started showing them some paper origami stuff he can do, and the brothers listened to him and answered him sincerely.

A photo of Rodney and his son meeting Logan Paul.

Provided by Rodney Petersen.

Rodney Peterson.

I must say that I didn’t necessarily expect that from people as famous as Logan and Jake Paul. I expected them to be much shorter on their time, but they got to know my family and also asked me questions about my personal life, which I appreciated.

Logan made me feel really comfortable the whole time I was with him. He even asked me to be the featured guest on his podcast and gave me a pep talk when I felt nervous about it.

It was an amazing experience to have spent a day as Paul’s honorary brother after all these months of joking content on TikTok – I even noticed quite a few people recognized me on TikTok and wanted pictures with me.

It was really nice to get a taste of the big influencer lifestyle, but I’m finally loving my life in rural Iowa and was happy to be home. Still, I hope to keep in touch with Logan in hopes that we can do it again someday.

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