Rodney Petersen on spending a day with YouTubers Logan and Jake Paul

  • Rodney Petersen is a TikToker who has branded himself as a look-a-like of YouTuber Logan Paul.
  • Petersen recently got the chance to meet and film Logan Paul and his brother Jake.
  • This is his story of what it was like meeting the influencers as told to Charissa Cheong.

Over the past year, I’ve been developing an online presence as a look-a-like of YouTube star Logan Paul on TikTok.

I never expected to do this with my time, but after getting a account and people in my comment section said I looked like the controversial influencer, I decided to make doppelgänger part of my online brand.

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

I never thought I would actually meet Logan Paul because of 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 content together

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

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

The next thing I know I’m taking a 21 hour drive to Arizona where Logan’s influencer-turned-boxer brother Jake Paul was set to fight former UFC champ Anderson Silva.

A post shared by Logan Paul (@loganpaul)

The plan was for me and my family to watch Jake’s fight on October 29, and then movie some content with Logan for both of our TikTok accounts.

After the fight, I went to see Logan outside Jake’s AirBnB to film with him, and his assistant came out to meet me with a briefcase from Logan. He gave me some shoes, necklaces, and a hat, and I was told to wear the outfit so I would match with Logan and film content as his doppelgänger.

Logan has one video where he had some of his friends and relatives, including Jake, respond to the two of us standing next to each other. He filmed their heartfelt reaction: everyone laughed and said we were very similar, even in our mannerisms.

Also cool to see how a big influencer shoots content. Logan had a whole team with him and they talked about camera angles and sound quality. I learned a lot that I hope can help me improve as a content creator.

I was pleasantly surprised by how genuinely nice the Paul brothers seemed

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

They both met and played with my children. At some point, my son got very excited and started showing them some paper origami tricks that he can do, and the brothers genuinely listened to him and responded to him.

A photo of Rodney and his son meeting Logan Paul.

Supplied by Rodney Petersen.

Rodney Petersen.

I have to say I didn’t necessarily expect that from people as famous as Logan and Jake Paul. I expected them to be much shorter with 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 entire time I was with him. He even asked me for a featured guest on his podcastand gave me a pep talk when I was nervous about it.

Spending a day as an honorary brother Paul joking about it on TikTok after all these months was an incredible experience — I even noticed that quite a few people recognized me from TikTok and wanted their picture taken with me.

It was really nice to get a taste of the lifestyle of the big influencers, but at the end of the day I love my life in rural Iowa and was happy to go home. Still, I hope to keep in touch with Logan in the hope that we can do it again someday.

For more stories like this, check out coverage from Insider’s Digital Culture team here.

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