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Is This The End Of Olivia Rodrigo’s Sad Girl Era?

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Olivia Isabel Rodrigo (born February 20, 2003) is a singer-songwriter and actress from the United States. She rose to prominence as the lead in the Disney television shows Bizaardvark and High School Musical.

The Musical: The Series. Rodrigo signed with Geffen and Interscope Records.

And released her debut single “Drivers License” in 2021, which broke several records

And it became one of the year’s best-selling songs, catapulting her to mainstream fame.

She then released the singles “Deja Vu” and “Good 4 U.”

Sour (2021), her debut studio album, topped global charts

And received widespread critical acclaim, earning her three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist.

Time named her Entertainer of the Year in 2021, and Billboard named her Woman of the Year in 2021.

Biography

Olivia Isabel Rodrigo was born at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, California, on February 20, 2003.

She was born and raised in Temecula, California.

Rodrigo is biracial, with a Filipino-American father and German and Irish ancestors on her mother’s side.

Her father is a family therapist, and her mother is a school teacher.

She has stated that her paternal great-grandfather immigrated to the United States as a teenager.

And her family adheres to Filipino traditions and cuisine.

Rodrigo began vocal lessons in kindergarten and soon learned to play the piano.

She began taking acting and singing classes when she was six years old.

And she began acting in theater productions at Lisa J. Mails Elementary School and Dorothy McElhinney Middle School.

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Career

Rodrigo first appeared in a commercial for Old Navy.

In 2015, at the age of twelve, she made her acting debut as Grace Thomas in the direct-to-video film An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success.

Rodrigo won an award in 2016 for her role as Paige Olvera, a guitarist in the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark.

A character she played for three seasons.

In February 2019, she was cast in the starring role of Nini Salazar-Roberts.

On the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Series, which premiered in November of that year.

Rodrigo wrote “All I Want” and co-wrote “Just for a Moment” with co-star Joshua Bassett for the show’s soundtrack.

Rodrigo’s performance was praised, with Decider’s Joel Keller describing her as “especially magnetic.”

Influences and Artistry

Rodrigo has been labeled a pop, pop-rock, teen pop, indie pop, alternative pop, and bubblegum pop artist.

She cites Taylor Swift and Lorde as her musical idols and main influences.

And has dubbed herself Swift’s “biggest fan in the entire world.”

Alanis Morissette, Kacey Musgraves, Fiona Apple, St. Vincent, Cardi B, Gwen Stefani.

And Avril Lavigne is among her other influences.

Rodrigo has stated that she aspires to be a songwriter rather than “the greatest pop star who ever lived.”

She revealed that she chose Interscope/Geffen Records.

Because the CEO praised her songwriting rather than her “potential star quality.”

According to music journalist Laura Snapes, Rodrigo is a “flag-bearer”

For a new wave of songwriters who prefer power ballads “that are as emotional as ever.

But the project that emotion inward, trading bombast for hush,”

And her musical style is rooted in heartache, mental health, and sadness.

Without being melodramatic, expressing more realistic perspectives than resilient.

Other Business Ventures

Olivia Rodrigo poses with US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office.

Wearing sunglasses, as part of a government campaign to encourage American youth to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Rodrigo poses with US President Joe Biden as part of a campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccinations among young people.

Rodrigo took part in a White House effort to promote COVID-19 vaccinations.

Among young people in the United States on July 13, 2021.

She discussed her efforts with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci.

According to CNN, Rodrigo plans to record videos about the importance of young people getting vaccinated.

As well as answer questions about vaccinations from the youth.

Rodrigo is a Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media institute speaker and panelist.

Olivia Rodrigo’s New Film

Driving Home 2 U contains a scene in which she says, in footage from the final stages of making her debut album Sour.

“Hopefully I won’t be so sad on the next record.”

As she leans on the couch in the studio, she’s semi-joking with her songwriting partner and producer Dan Nigro.

But she’s acutely aware of the heartbreak, angst, and pain she’s channeled into the songs they’ve written together.

“Oh my gosh,” Rodrigo exclaims in a recent Zoom interview when I bring up the line.

But does she believe her words are true?

“Oh yeah,” she says, radiant in a fuchsia cut-out top. “I’m not as depressed as I was when I wrote Sour.”

I’m so excited to make my next record, to experiment with new colors, textures, and feelings.

And to continue to grow as a person. That makes me very happy.”

Disney+

However, she is currently releasing Driving Home 2 U on Disney+.

which includes personal footage, revealing interviews, and live performances across the country.

As well as a look back at the difficult time when she wrote the album.

Specifically, “the heartbreak that kept on giving,” as she describes in the film, inspired a lot of the music.

Though she does not name her ex, she is not afraid to discuss other details.

Such as how she was crying in the parking lot while writing and how she “felt like my world was ending every day.”

” She claims she didn’t want to release “Deja Vu” as a follow-up single to “Drivers License”

Because she didn’t like the song and was hesitant to create a competitive.

The love-triangle narrative between herself and another girl.

She claims that “Favorite Crime” is about forgiving herself and that “heartbreak is a two-way street,”

Implying that she, too, bears responsibility for the breakup.

She Finds It Difficult to Listen to Some of Her songs

Rodrigo says in Driving Home 2 U that it was difficult for her to listen to some of her songs.

After she had written them because she had written them from a place of devastation.

But, after more than a year, that’s no longer the case.

“I’m a little farther away from them now,” Rodrigo tells ELLE.com.

“I’m just so proud of them, and it’s so much fun to sing them now.”

And I’m so excited to sing them on tour, and I’m hoping that people will sing them back to me.

And I just think that when you put them out there and they help people and make people happy.

It’s not quite as devastating. And it’s a very liberating feeling.”

The Breakup Anthem

Even though Sour came from a vulnerable family,

People enjoyed Sour despite (or perhaps because of) its vulnerable origins. A great deal.

When the album was released last May, it debuted at number one.

And earned Rodrigo seven Grammy nominations, all because of its lead single.

The breakup anthem “Drivers License,” went viral.

Rodrigo’s heart-wrenching compositions, whether in ballad or punk-rock form.

They had resonated at a time when Sad Girl music is very much part of the zeitgeist.

When I mention that I enjoy the so-called genre, she nods and says, “Me too.”

Her personal favorite is Phoebe Bridgers.

“I adore her, and I had a brief encounter with her at the Women in Music Billboard event….”

And she’s the coolest person on the planet, and her music is fantastic.”

But Sour isn’t just about heartbreak.

Lyrics Based on Actual Events

“Jealousy, Jealousy” captures the anxiety caused by social media,

While “Hope Ur Ok” is an encouraging message to queer youth.

Brutal” is an aptly pop-punk response to her frustrations with the public frenzy surrounding her life

And music, loneliness, insecurities about her image and craft, and simply being a teenager.

That period of my life was very strange, and I remember feeling lonely and wanting a boyfriend,

” she says in the film of her mental state at the time. “

At the time, I was looking through what people were saying about me online or in print.”

Her Inspiration

These feelings inspired the line “‘Cause who am I if not exploited?” Rodrigo recalls how excited

And proud she was when she wrote it in the film.

“My gosh, it’s so funny,” Rodrigo exclaims during our interview.

“When I look back on it, I think, ‘Wow, I was so angsty.”

“I guess I was just coming to terms with being like a young person in the industry.

And feeling weird about it,” she says later. But I don’t think I feel that way any longer, which is a relief.”

Driving Home 2 U contains many revelations, but it primarily serves as a reminder of Rodrigo’s immense talent.

It’s evident in the recordings of her writing songs and singing them privately.

Then performing them with creative new arrangements for the film.

Her voice is powerful on both belts and soft notes.

Her lyrics elicit so much emotion with so few words. “Specificity and authenticity”

she believes, should be two core tenets of songwriting.

“Good 4 U” is backed by a string orchestra in the desert; “Favorite Crime” echoes off canyon walls;

And “Traitor” is performed on a loop pedal at a gas station while she plays all the instruments.

“I wanted to make this film for my fans, especially those who couldn’t see me on tour” Rodrigo explains.

“So I thought it’d be cool if they got to see new arrangements of the songs.

Almost like it’s a completely new concert.” So I had a lot of fun experimenting with different sonics.

And different ways to position these songs that I’ve gotten comfortable with over the last year.

It was like working out a new creative muscle.”

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FAQs

1. When was Olivia born?

She was born on February 20, 2003

2. Where did She Grow Up?

She was raised in Temecula, California.

3. Where was She Born?

Olivia Isabel Rodrigo was born at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, California

4. What is Her Parents’ Job?

Her father is a family therapist, and her mother is a schoolteacher.

5. At What Age did She Make Her First Acting Debit

At the age of twelve, she made her acting debut 

6. Which Year did She Win an Award for Her Role as Paige Olevera

Rodrigo won an award in 2016 for his role as Paige Olvera.

7. When did Olivier Start Taking Acting and Singing Classes?

She began taking acting and singing classes when she was six years old.

8. When did She Start Acting?

she began acting in theater productions at Lisa J. Mails Elementary School

9. Is Olivia on Instagram?

Yes, she is on Instagram

10. How Old is Olivia Now 

She is currently 19 years old

She rose to prominence as the lead in the Disney television shows Bizaardvark and High School Musical.

And she began acting in theater productions at Lisa J. Mails Elementary School and Dorothy McElhinney Middle School. Rodrigo has been labeled a pop, pop-rock, teen pop.

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