Olivia Isabel Rodrigo-News Update

 

American actress and singer-songwriter Olivia Isabel Rodrigo was born on February 20, 2003. With her leading performances in the Disney television series Bizaardvark and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, she rose to prominence in the late 2010s. Rodrigo gained widespread recognition after releasing her debut single, “Drivers License,” in 2021, a year after signing with Geffen and Interscope Records. The song smashed numerous sales records and was one of the most popular songs of the year. The next year, she released the singles “Good 4 U” and “Deja Vu.” Sour (2021), Rodrigo’s debut solo studio album, went on to receive worldwide critical acclaim, financial success, and numerous honors, including three Grammys. The following year, Olivia Rodrigo: Driving Home was made available on Disney+.

In addition to earning five multi-Platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America, Rodrigo has two Billboard Hot 100 number-one songs and one Billboard 200-number-one album to his credit (RIAA). She has received a number of additional accolades as well, including four MTV Video Music Awards, an American Music Award, seven Billboard Music Awards, and three Grammy Awards out of seven nominations. She was selected the 2021 Entertainer of the Year by Time, and the 2022 Woman of the Year by Billboard.

At Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, California, Olivia Isabel Rodrigo was born on February 20, 2003. She was born and raised in Temecula, a nearby city.  Rodrigo is multiracial; her mother is of German and Irish descent, while her father is an American-born Filipino. Her mother is a school teacher, while her father does family therapy.  She has indicated that her family respects Filipino customs and food and that her paternal great-grandfather immigrated to the United States as a teenager from the Philippines. In kindergarten, Rodrigo began taking voice lessons. Soon after, he picked up the piano.  She started taking singing and acting lessons when she was six years old and started performing in plays in elementary school.  At age 12, Rodrigo started playing the guitar.

She was raised on the alternative rock music that her parents loved, including No Doubt, Pearl Jam, the White Stripes, and Green Day. After listening to country music, particularly the work of American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift Rodrigo developed an interest in songwriting. After being cast in Bizaardvark, she relocated to Los Angeles.

Rodrigo made his cinematic debut in an advertisement for Old Navy.

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

Rodrigo was recognized in 2016 for playing musician Paige Olvera in the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark. She spent three seasons in that role.

On the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, which debuted in November of that year, she was cast in the lead role of Nini Salazar-Roberts in February 2019; for the soundtrack, Rodrigo authored “All I Want” and co-wrote “Just for a Moment” with co-star Joshua Bassett. Joel Keller from Decider commended Rodrigo for her performance, calling her “particularly magnetic.”

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