70 Biography Facts About Steven He (Emotional Damage): Net Worth, Age, Height, Girlfriend, Birthday, Nationality, Wiki, Bio, TikTok, YouTube, Etc

Who is Steven He? How much money does Steven He make on YouTube? Fun facts and everything to know about the YouTuber and TikToker who said “Emotional Damage“.

Steven He is a television actor and comedic social media personality who is recognized for his work on Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens and Dinosaur World. He has more than 4.7 million followers on his steven_he TikTok account and more than 4.9 million subscribers on YouTube.

He was born on December 31, 1996, in Shenzhen, China, and is based in New York City, New York. He has Chinese and Irish heritage. He studied theatre and acting at Reagent’s University in London. 

He has appeared in West End productions of Spring Awakening and The Crucible. He appeared on screen with Awkwafina in the series Nora from Queens. 

If you’ve used TikTok for any amount of time lately, you’ve likely seen more than a few videos that use a clip with a distressed person saying, “emotional damage.”

The ‘Emotional Damage’ meme is taking over the internet — but who is the person behind the viral trend, and why is it so popular? Is none other than the Chinese-Irish sketch comic, Steven He.

In this article, we will learn more about his zodiac sign, height, age, date of birth, parents, girlfriend, wife, children, life before fame, how much he earns on YouTube, how rich he is, net worth, Wikipedia, biography facts and many more.

Profile Summary

Celebrated Name:Steven He
Net Worth:$4.61 million
Salary:$89.2K – $1.4M in a year from YouTube ads
Full Real Name:Steven He O’Byrne
Birthday/Date of Birth:December 31, 1996
Age:25 years old
Birthplace:Shenzhen, China
Residence/Current Address:New York City, New York, United States.
Education/College/University:Regent’s University, London
Zodiac Sign:Capricorn
Height:5 feet 11 inches/ 180 cm
Weight:185 lbs / 84 kg
Hair ColorBlack
Eye Color:Black
Famous For:Emotional Damage; I will send you to Jesus; Ceo of Failure Management
Movies/Tv Shows:Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens; Dinosaur World and More
Facebook:Steven He
Instagram:@thestevenhe with 162K followers
TikTok:@steven_he with 4.7 million followers
YouTube Channel Profile:Steven He
Subscriber Count:4.91 million Subs
Style:Sketch Comedy & Meme Reactions
Date Joined:March 3, 2019
70 Biography Facts About Steven He (Emotional Damage): Net Worth, Age, Height, Girlfriend, Birthday, Nationality, Wiki, Bio, TikTok, YouTube, Etc

Who is Steven He?

Steven He is an actor, comedian, TikToker, and YouTuber based in the United States who makes comedic sketches.

70 Biography Facts About Steven He (Emotional Damage): Net Worth, Age, Height, Girlfriend, Birthday, Nationality, Wiki, Bio, TikTok, YouTube, Etc

Why is Steven He famous?

He is most well known for his “Asian Dad” character on TikTok and YouTube. Steven shares meme reviews, Reddit videos, and new comedy Sketches every week on his YouTube channel. He is best known for being the originator of the trends “Emotional Damage”, “I will send you to Jesus”, and “Ceo of Failure Management”. It’s also to be noted that his skits talk usually about Asian parenting.

Biography, Wikipedia, Early Life, Personal Life, Before Fame, Career, Education, And More

His real name is Steven He O’Byrne and he was born on December 31, 1996, in China and raised in Shanghai.

He is believed to be around the ages of 25 and 26 years.

Steven is of Chinese Irish nationality. When he was eight years old, he immigrated to Ireland and grew up between Ireland and China. So a total of 11 years in China and seven years in Ireland.

Steven is of Chinese nationality and he is a Christian.

He currently lives in New York, United States.

He weighs about 185 lbs/84 kg and stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches/180 cm.

Steven’s birth/zodiac sign is Capricorn.

At 11, Steven decided to become an actor, and he didn’t think about social media at all. He was a traditional actor. He would do stage shows and he was applying for background rules on TV shows at the age of 13. At 17, he graduated high school and wanted to get a bachelor’s degree in acting, which of course my parents were against.

It took Steven like five years to convince his parents of his intentions and passion to be an actor. “Yeah, I take the piss out of that. Like all my comedy is about, you know, my childhood emotional drama. Everything I write about is very, very real”.

At 17 years old, he went to London to obtain a bachelor’s degree in acting from Regent’s University, and afterward, he worked a good bit in the theater. He performed at notable theaters like London’s West End. Marylebone Theatre would be the most prestigious that he performed in, but other theaters, like Park Theatre in London, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, just to name a few. In total, Steven has done 61 stage performances across plays and musicals from age 13 to now.

After he finished his bachelor’s degree in London, he worked in the theater scene in London that same year. So he worked there for two seasons. Then he came over to New York, which is where I am now, and he studied in the Neighborhood Playhouse. It’s a conservatory for actors and it is one of the most prestigious on the planet.

He had graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse in 2019, an acting school in New York City, New York as well as a BA in Acting and Global Theatre from Regent’s University in London, England.

During his time, getting accepted was tough, but then graduating was even tougher, because the Playhouse does not graduate about 70% of the students. When I went, our year began with 72 students, and I think about 32 graduated.

After graduating, he entered the industry in New York. He went into the industry and auditioned for, well, for the next three years, from 2019 to 2022. And he had landed a few traditional things, like one episode in Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, from Comedy Central. He also landed a lead role in the feature film called Dinosaur World in mainland China, which actually did quite well. It was number one on iQiyi’s trend board; iQiyi is China’s biggest online streaming platform, so it’s like Netflix, basically.

He has been rejected over 3,000 times, just in the last three years. “Yeah. True. A hundred percent true. Every morning I wake up and submit 20 things. One will get back to me asking for an audition. And I’ve had agents too, so my agents also did that and they did a lot of work for me. But that’s what it was like, 3,000+ rejections, and not much progression. I did land these things and they’re cool, but they don’t progress you. You’d have to land a bigger role and stuff like that to progress”.

So in 2019, mid-2019, Steven got on social media after discovering he could drive much traffic and get many followers. So he went off acting and started building his first video around March 2020. In March 2020, he posted his very first video on TikTok. he had to spend a couple of hundred hours studying the algorithm.

When the channel went hype, at the end of that month, Steven received a check for the previous one, which was not quite a thousand dollars. It was under a thousand dollars. And he used that thousand dollars to fund his first camera, Sony A6400 because he had no camera despite having already made 220 videos.

Before his first paycheck, he had earlier sponsors on TikTok, but that was like, that was nothing. It was like a hundred bucks. “His first thing on YouTube, an integration, was I think about $5,000. And to me at the time, it was mindblowing. I couldn’t believe I made $5,000 on YouTube. I didn’t have an idea of the scale of modernization on YouTube“. “So it went from $5,000 a sponsorship to eventually $20,000 a sponsorship. And now that I’m doing 150 million views a month, it’s gotten a lot more than that”.

Steven He YouTube Channel, Content & History

Steven created his self-titled YouTube channel on March 3, 2019.

The Steven He YouTube channel has amassed 4.91 million subscribers as of the time of this article.

With 111 uploaded videos, the Steven He YouTube channel has accumulated 467,258,861 views in total.

His channel is ranked the 790th most subscribed channel, 530th most subscribed channel in the United States, and the 163rd best Comedy channel.

His first-ever uploaded video on his channel is titled “My Own TikTok Tier List Part 1” shared in 2021 and has garnered 319K views. It followed with a second channel titled “Asian Moms Shopping Channel Part 1 Tupperware” with 236K views.

His top three most viewed videos are “When Asian is a difficult mode” with 35 million views, “When Asian is a difficult mode 2” with 18 million views, and “When Asian parents flex” with 17 million views.

He has a second channel called Steven He Live with 263K subscribers, and a third channel called Steven He Shorts with 601K subscribers.

Steven mainly uploads sketches on both his YouTube and TikTok. Most of his videos revolve around jokes about Asians, mostly Asian parents, and families. He also uploads reaction videos about memes and his subreddit on his channel.

His Vimeo seems to be used for a portfolio as it sticks to his professional acting. His acting degree is often used as the subject of jokes in his videos.

Appearing Characters

Steven He’s comedic videos have several characters, all of whom are acted by himself.

Steven: Steven is one of the protagonists that appear in videos. He is an Asian boy who runs a YouTube channel, which features his father. He is also allergic to peanuts. He usually appears in videos wearing a blue T-shirt with sushi cat illustration. He is also able to play the piano after touching one key and cooking minute rice in 58 seconds, which surprises Timmy’s Father.

Steven’s Father: Steven’s father is another protagonist. He is an Asian dad who appears in most of Steven’s YouTube videos with a heavy Asian accent. He sees his son as a “failure” and attempts to encourage him to become a lawyer or a doctor. He is the founder of a fictional brand “Beijing Corn” and a professional Asian dad who specializes in failure management.

He often tells how he went to the school when he was young in videos, where he claims to have been through quite an adventure including having to walk 20 miles there. Additionally, he seems to be secretly attracted to Timmy’s mother. He loves to call his son a failure and that he is “stoopid”. He can be seen wearing a gray suit jacket and a salmon T-shirt. In “How Asian Parents Flex 2”, he has asked Steven to play the piano, ride a horse, fly, use shadow clone jutsu and cook 1-minute rice in 58 seconds.

Steven’s Mother: Steven’s mother occasionally appears on videos. She often throws shoes at her husband or at her son as a punishment. She can be seen wearing a T-shirt over her head with generic shirts.

Timmy: Timmy is Steven’s friend who recently moved into his neighborhood. According to his father, he is a neurosurgeon who is 9 years old. Additionally, he is able to play every musical instrument and co-founded another fictional corn company named “Shanghai Corn”, however, he is unable to cook rice and is deemed a “failure” by his dad. He sometimes appears in videos and can be seen with glasses and a black T-shirt. He is also able to dance, which impresses Steven’s Father.

Timmy’s Father: Timmy’s father is the founder of Shanghai Corn and a Data Scientist with 3 PhDs from Harvard University who recently moved into the United States from China for his son’s job. He used to live in the upper part of Shenzhen before moving. He claims to have invented parallel parking and has helped NASA land a paper clip on the sun, which Steven’s father thinks is useless. He can be seen in videos wearing glasses and a black jacket.

Other Characters: Other characters are featured in He’s videos, often exclusively for one video or series. Such examples include the President (Steven’s father dressed in sunglasses and a poorly knotted tie), Steven’s friend at lunch and the other boy they criticize (both from the “How Asians Pack Lunch” series), and the various video game characters from the “Asian difficulty” series.

What is the ‘Emotional Damage’ trend on TikTok?

Generally, the meme is used to poke fun at situations that are ’emotionally damaging’ — like getting rejected by your crush, or being roasted by a friend or acquaintance.

Who is the man behind the ‘Emotional Damage’ meme? The person behind this latest viral craze is none other than Irish-Chinese YouTuber and comedian Steven He.

The comedian is best known for creating the character ‘Asian Dad,’ which he often portrays in his content across multiple social media platforms.

The ‘Emotional Damage’ clip was taken from a YouTube video that He uploaded in September 2021, where the ‘Asian Dad’ character plays a game with multiple difficulty levels: Easy, Medium, Hard, and “Asian.”

The famous sequence occurs after the Asian Dad gets insulted by a boss called ‘Aunty’ while playing the “Asian” difficulty mode, thus incurring ‘Emotional Damage’ and killing his in-game avatar.

The short clip has gone viral across TikTok. In particular, the trend took off thanks to a TikTok account named ‘Emotional Damage,’ which uploads multiple meme videos using the YouTube snippet.

At the time of writing, the account boasts a whopping 12.6 million likes and over 1.1 million followers, with its videos averaging around a million views each.

He says his Emotional Damage meme is behind the sudden surge in engagement that kicked off in December. Monthly view and subscriber data from Gospel Stats.


Thank you guys for all the support on these videos I’m not gonna suffer any emotional damage #emotional #damage #emotionaldamage

♬ original sound – emotional damage

Filmography – Movies & Tv Shows

Steven is a professionally trained actor. In movies, he mostly plays the character Jai Steven He. He is best known for being in Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens (a 2020 Tv Series), A Father’s Son (2022 Short), and Dinosaur World.

Aside from that, Steven has made appearances in Casino Patron (2019), and Schemers (TV Series). In 2021, he appeared in If Shark Tank Was Asian (Short).

In 2020, Steven was featured in Hello Au Revoir (as Jia Steven He) 2020, Identity Theft (Short)
Cop 2020, ZhaoQuan 2020, Scrubr Employee- China (2020), Sloppy (TV Series), Party Attendee- Balthazar (2020), and IThe Writer (Short).

In 2022, He appeared in Groundbreaking (TV Series), Finn 2022, and Lefty 2022.

How much money does Steven He make on YouTube?

The Steven He channel generates estimated earnings of $248 – $4K in a day from YouTube according to Social Blade.

Steven earns estimated revenue of $1.7K – $27.8K in a week from YouTube ads.

Steven earns an estimated income of $7.4K – $119K in a month from YouTube ads.

In a year, the Steven He channel makes a salary of $89.2K – $1.4M from displayed ads on his videos on YouTube.

What is Steven He’s net worth?

How rich is Steven He? Steven He is one of the richest and highest-paid YouTubers on the video-sharing platform. He has an estimated net worth of $6.41 million.

How does Steven He make his money? Steven’s primary source of income is YouTube ads. He also earns money through sponsorships and partnerships with companies, the selling of merchandise, and other endeavors.

Steven He Social Media Accounts

Instagram: @thestevenhe

YouTube: Steven He

Twitter: @thestevenhe

TikTok: @steven_he

Facebook: Steven He











Steven’s Dad

  • When I went to school, I had to walk 20 miles. Uphill. Both ways. 26 hours a day. On one foot. My other foot was starting a business. (there are various versions of this quote that are slightly different, but this is essentially the original)
  • Every morning I had to fight two lions.
  • Hallo? Hallo? Beijing Embassy! My son’s a failure! (variation where he says “We need air support! I failed my family.)
  • What the hail…
  • Hallo, I am a professional Asian dad specializing in Failure Management.
  • You will be a doctor.
  • Beijing Corn.
  • I will send you to Jesus.
  • Don’t be a dick!
  • Can I have a discount?
  • Stoopid.
  • Want to know what B stand for, B stand for Stoopid!
  • Sitting Wasn’t invented yet.
  • Oh I smell Bitch in here.
  • I’ll whoop yo ass into Monday
  • Your spanish teacher said you excel with 90% in Spanish. I don’t know what excel means, but it must mean STOOPID!
  • Failure! (pronounced “Fay-lia”, due to his Asian accent)
  • We’re Asians, not Bsians!
  • Your teacher call, said you excel in math with 99%. I don’t have a dictionary but excel must mean Stoopid! Where the hell the other 1%? Why, you eat it?
  • Steven! Cook minute rice in 58 seconds!

Subscriber Milestones

Note: The following dates are according to Social Blade. Dates may vary by one or two days due to differences in time zones.

  • 1 million subscribers: August 22, 2021
  • 2 million subscribers: December 29, 2021
  • 3 million subscribers: January 24, 2022
  • 4 million subscribers: February 24, 2022

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