Since the release of her 2021 song “Driver’s License,” Olivia Rodrigo is slowly becoming a household name. Here’s everything you need to know about the Grammy-winning teen pop star.
1. She has Filipino Heritage
Olivia Rodrigo was born in the US and grew up in Marietta, California before moving to Los Angeles to act. Her mother is American of Irish and German descent and her father is Filipino-American. Speaking about her heritage with Disney, Olivia revealed that her great-grandfather moved from the Philippines to the US as a teenager and that she and the rest of her family have grown up with Filipino food and traditions.
2. She got her start on Disney Channel
Olivia Rodrigo got her start playing Paige Olvera in Bizaardvark on the Disney Channel. She also had a role in New Girl in 2017. Since 2019 she’s played Nini in High School Musical: The Musical – The Series with co-star Joshua Basset.
3. She idolizes Taylor Swift and Lorde
Olivia is a huge Taylor Swift fan and even covered a few of her songs on social media. After the release of her single “Drivers License,” Taylor responded to the song and said, “I say that’s my baby and I’m really proud.”
Olivia Rodrigo also cites Lorde as one of her biggest inspirations. Her debut single ‘driver’s license’ has been compared to Lorde and you can often find Olivia stanning Lorde on her social media pages.
4. Olivia Rodrigo was a Directioner.
Speaking to Big Top 40, Olivia Rodrigo revealed she was such a huge One Direction fan that she even wrote fan fiction: “I used to write One Direction fanfiction when I was in middle school. Just like cheesy: ‘Oh Harry proposes to you and asks you to be his wife.'”
5. She’s very close to her parents
The 19-year-old revealed that she is so close to her mom, Sophie, and her dad, Ronald, that she will often still stay at the family home, or her parents will come and stay with her “all the time”
“Technically I’m not living with my parents,” the Drivers License singer said in the GQ YouTube series Actually Me in 2021.
“I got my first big girl apartment a month or two ago… But my parents come and stay with me all the time and I’d go stay with them all the time, so I don’t know if I’m technically living alone, but I say I am.”
6. She’s won three Grammys
Olivia Rodrigo took home three Grammys at the 2022 Grammy Awards, winning best new artist, best pop vocal album for “Sour” and pop solo performance for her hit “Drivers License.”
7. Who has she dated?
Olivia was in a relationship with fellow Disney star Ethan Wacker before she was rumored to have dated her HSMTMTS costar, Joshua. Olivia also briefly dated Producer Adam Faze for less than a year.