MKTO a ‘Classic’ Choice for Man Crush Monday
The dynamic duo MKTO reminds women that class trumps sex appeal. It’s this old school chivalry that makes us crush hard on our Man Crush Monday.
MKTO is made up of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller. And yes, I had the same epiphany of “Ohhhh… the name MKTO comes from their initials!” They also came up with, “Misfit Kids and Total Outcasts”, a clever slogan to accompany the acronym describing the kind of kids Kelley and Oller were in high school.
The two met while filming the Nickelodeon television series “Gigantic.” Their characters were best friends in the show. That friendship extended beyond the set.
Malcolm Kelley was born on May 12, 1992 in Bellflower, California. He was in foster care for the first 11 months of his life before being adopted by the Kelleys. His sister Sydney was adopted two months later. Kelley’s first acting gig was in the 2004 film, You Got Served as “Lil’ Saint.”
He also played Walt Lloyd in the television series “Lost.” Unfortunately a growth spurt kept him from a recurring role. Kelley is also credited with acting gigs in “Judging Amy”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “My Name is Earl”, and “Saving Grace.”
Tony Oller was born in Houston, Texas on February 25, 1991. Aside from “Gigantic”, he played Daniel Neilson on the Disney television show, “As the Bell Rings.” His film credits include Beneath the Darkness and The Purge, and the Lifetime original movie Unanswered Prayers.
MKTO signed to Columbia Records before putting out their debut single, “Thank You” on January 15, 2013. The song is a combination of pop and hip hop and earned over 500,000 views on YouTube in just two days.
On June 20, 2013, the duo released their second single, “Classic.” The following month they hopped on Emblem3’s summer tour across the United States serving as their opening act.
Their self-titled debut album was released on April 1, with MKTO’s third single “God Only Knows” which was released November 29, 2013.
Tony Oller has been linked to Nicole Anderson, Carlson Young and Chloe Bennet. It is rumored that he is currently dating Emily Osment.