Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo Artistfacts

  • February 20, 2003
  • Olivia Rodrigo is of Filipino descent on her father's side, and Irish and German on her mother's side.
  • Rodrigo started taking acting and singing classes aged six and began playing piano the following year, though not completely by choice. "My dad made me take lessons and I hated every second of it - to the point where I'd cry before every lesson - but now I'm so thankful," she noted.
  • In 2015, Rodrigo made her acting debut, portraying the lead role of Grace Thomas in the direct-to-video film An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success. The movie is based on the American Girl book series, which Rodrigo was introduced to at the age of seven.
  • Her breakthrough role was guitarist Paige Olvera on the Disney comedy series Bizaardvark, but she is best known for playing Nini Salazar-Roberts on Disney+ mockumentary web TV show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
  • Rodrigo had to learn the guitar for her role of Paige Olvera and soon immersed herself in learning the craft of songwriting, in part by studying the lyrics of Taylor Swift. "Once I started taking it seriously, I'd just write all the time," she said. "I have a lot of trouble focusing on schoolwork and in other areas of my life, but when I'm working on a song it's like time stops and I can't think of anything else. It's magical."
  • Rodrigo occasionally posted snippets of her songs on social media. After HSM: The Musical: The Series' showrunner Tim Federle heard a song she'd shared on Instagram, he enlisted Olivia to create a track for the show's fourth episode. The 16-year-old actress penned "All I Want" in just three days while filming the series and going to school. The heart-on-sleeve piano ballad cracked the Billboard Hot 100 and earned Rodrigo a contract with Geffen Records.
  • Her debut single as an independent artist, "Drivers License," debuted at #1 on charts around the world. It smashed the Spotify record for most streams of a song in a single week. Rodrigo took influence from her hero Taylor Swift by hinting at a real-life romantic drama. She maximized interest by subtly insinuating her HSM co-star and rumored former boyfriend Joshua Bassett is the subject of her lovelorn lyrics.

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