The Untold Truth Of The Try Guys' Eugene Lee Yang

Are you the kind of person who likes to unwind by watching funny, informative, and sometimes downright bizarre videos that happen to pop up online? Then there is a very good chance that you're a fan of The Try Guys. Made up of Ned Fulmer, Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld, and Eugene Lee Yang, the four entertainers are among the biggest stars on YouTube.

Why is that? Well, along with the fact that they all clearly work well in front of the camera, they're also seemingly up for anything. While they live up to their name by testing things, attempting things, and, yes, trying things, they tend to find themselves doing things like seeing how well popular TikTok hacks actually work or drawing nude self-portraits. Of course, they also share their results on whether or not they're successful. Indeed, according to Entrepreneur, "The Try Guys built a brand loved by millions by not being afraid to fail." On top of that, they're not afraid to be themselves, which is also part of their success.

However, how much do you really know about The Try Guys? Let's dive into the untold truth about one particular Try Guy, Eugene Lee Yang.

Eugene Lee Yang is a filmmaker

The Try Guys may make YouTube videos, but it turns out that Eugene Lee Yang is a filmmaker. He put his skills to use in June 2019, when he released a beautiful and intensely emotional video to come out as gay. With over 19 million views, as of this writing, it's clear that what Yang had created truly touched people — and that's not only because of what he was saying, but also how he was saying it. Stunningly captivating, perfectly paced, and undoubtedly unforgettable, the video was seen as a masterpiece. And that might be because Yang knows what he's doing.

In an accompanying video that revealed his reasoning for making it in the first piece, it was pointed out that Yang had "graduat[ed] USC film school" and "directed numerous music videos and short films ... before he began his online career." That became clear when he also used the video to give viewers a look at the behind-the-scenes work that went into making it, as well as Yang's process as a filmmaker. Each step was handled with the kind of care and expertise of someone who has definitely found their calling. What made it even more incredible is that, along with producing, directing, choreographing, and having a hand in pretty much every aspect of creating the video, Yang was also its star. Yeah, wow!

If it's not already obvious that Yang is a talented and creative person, then just wait until you find out about Cheyenne Pepper.

Meet this Try Guys' drag alter ego, Cheyenne Pepper

You may know Eugene Lee Yang as one of The Try Guys, but some fans might know him by another name: Cheyenne Pepper. To be more specific, Cheyenne Pepper is Yang's stage name when he performs in drag.

You'd have to be a longtime fan of The Try Guys and also have a great memory to know that Ms. Pepper was introduced to the world back in 2014. At the time, the group still worked at BuzzFeed and all four men were "transformed into drag queens for the first time." Keith Habersberger became Ginger Vitis by finding "his inner Katy Perry," Ned Fulmer turned into Champagne Canne by "channel[ing] Kesha and booze," and Zach Kornfeld "opted for more class and less a**," which resulted in Kornucopia. As for Yang, he "also aimed to be classy, but ... when he transformed into the scintillating Cheyenne Pepper, he went with pure eleganza."

These days, you can still see Cheyenne Pepper pop up on Yang's Instagram account, doing things like making a stunning debut at VidCon or celebrating Galentine's with a "Crazy Rich Asian Club Night" vibe. Granted, that's not Yang's only passion.

Eugene Lee Yang is really into Pokemon

Pokémon may have been around for years, however, it still seems to be as popular as ever. Going far beyond the original cards that first sparked a game-loving craze in the '90s, the world of Pokémon eventually expanded into a video game, a show, a movie, and so much more. That includes an international championship, according to the Independent. This is clearly one phenomenon that has plenty of devoted fans. One of them is The Try Guys' Eugene Lee Yang.

In fact, while YouTube subscribers might not be in the know, it turns out that Yang is so into Pokémon, that social media users might have seen him dressed up as Ash, or noticed when he attended a "pikaparty." He even celebrated the holidays with a little Pikachu pal in 2018, and manages to find them out in the wild, either during the day or at night. Then there was the time in 2019 that Yang posed with plenty of Pokémon plushies, while adding the caption: "These are my children. Which one are you?" Yang has even gotten his fellow Try Guys in on the fun.

While there's no doubt that Yang is willing to enjoy the whimsical side of life, that doesn't mean that he ignores the serious issues around him. Frankly, he's more than willing to step up and stand up when he believes that it's the right thing to do.

This popular YouTuber is an activist

The Try Guys star Eugene Lee Yang isn't afraid to use his platform to speak out about important issues, including those facing the LGBTQ+ community. For Yang's work, he's received a number of honors, including the 2019 Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award and the Phenom Award at the 2020 Shorty Awards for his LGBTQ+ activism, according to Out.

In March 2021, during "rising hate crimes" against Asian Americans, per USA Today, Yang tweeted a powerful message, writing, "Asians. Your hurt and rage and perspective are worth expressing. Every single word. SAY it. SEND it. SCREAM it. F**K the scapegoating. F**K misogyny and white supremacy. F**K the endangerment of our most vulnerable. And f**k you if you think we're going to take it." He went on to share tweets that were full of anger and support for the community, while also participating in a documentary discussing "anti-Asian hate and attacks."

Yang's activism allows him to show what he truly cares about. Although, when it comes to his personal life, there's also something — or rather, someone — else that he cares about.

The Try Guys' Eugene Lee Yang is in a relationship

For someone who has a career that sees him appear in hundreds of online videos that, in turn, reach countless viewers around the world, Eugene Lee Yang is a relatively private person. That's why you might have been unaware of the fact that he's in a relationship.

After coming out publicly in June 2019, Yang began to post about someone who was obviously special to the star. It turns out that Yang's boyfriend is Matthew Joseph McLean, an EY Manager who works out of Los Angeles. Although there's a lot we don't know about this cute couple — like how they met or how long they've been together — we do know a few things thanks to Instagram. For instance, these two are super stylish, pretty adventurous, and definitely like to have fun. They also enjoy traveling together, whether that means heading to sunny Waiheke Island or Kangaroo-filled Australia.

Indeed, we may not know everything about Yang's relationship or the star himself, but we can say that it seems like he has a pretty full and fabulous life.