In a new interview, Olivia Rodrigo just discussed how she’s breaking the mold of the “classic” Disney star turned pop artist and revealed why her path is different from former Disney stars like Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and more. Let’s get into it!
Fans know that while Olivia Rodrigo is a chart-topping major artist, she’s also currently starring on the Disney+ show High School Musical The Musical: The Series. Between episodes of her Disney+ show airing, Olivia is also performing her new music from her debut album on HUGE stages like Saturday Night Live and The Brit Awards. So she’s literally living a double life right now… sound familiar? “We love you Hannah! I love you too!”
Just kidding, we’re very aware she is not Hannah Montana. In fact, Olivia just spoke with Nylon about her seamless transition from Disney+ star to full-fledged pop star and how she is experiencing a different kind of freedom compared to the Disney stars who came before her.
In the interview, Olivia revealed that she’s “very aware” of “that classic ‘Disney popstar’ archetype” that fans might associate with others like Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and the Jonas Brothers. Olivia recognizes that they all launched huge music careers after starring in their Disney Channel shows and that she’s achieving something now that they may not have been able to in the early 2000s.
Olivia said, “My music is definitely separate from my acting in a way I always dreamed would happen. When ‘drivers license’ came out, everyone was like, ‘I have no idea who this Olivia Rodrigo girl is, but I love this song.’ That is the absolute dream for me, because I’ve always wanted to be taken seriously as a songwriter.”
And Olivia addressed why it was so important to keep her acting and her music careers separate, saying, “Being an actor can interfere with that, just because being an actor is based on telling lies, and being a songwriter is based on telling the absolute, whole truth.” But at the same time, she’s very grateful for her experience on High School Musical and the opportunities it has provided her with.
“I don’t think that I would be where I am today if people on that show hadn’t given me that insane opportunity. So I feel really grateful.” Ever since Olivia released three songs from her upcoming album Sour, which drops TOMORROW, by the way, fans have been embracing all of her lyrics, curse words included.
Some of the lyrics where Olivia uses explicit language have become the most viral moments on TikTok. But even with that, Olivia said that “People always ask her, ‘Oh, did you say f–k in ‘drivers license’ to show that you aren’t just a Disney star?'” She said that actually wasn’t her intention at all.
Olivia told Nylon that, “It’s cool that people might think that, but I’m just making music that I love and that I feel passionate about. It’s who I am. I have a dirty mouth. It was what felt natural and good to me, and people resonated with that.” And if she ends up paving the way for new artists in the process, Olivia is definitely ok with that. She said, “If I am ushering in a new generation of pop stars that aren’t afraid to speak their mind, that’s so cool. I’m just doing my thing, though.”
And in addition to her freedom as an artist, Olivia also discussed how her experience as a rising celebrity has also been very different from pop stars who came before her. Olivia shared her reaction to the “Framing Britney Spears” documentary that came out earlier this year. She said she had “no idea” about Britney Spears’ “awful” treatment before watching the documentary.
Olivia called out how “sexist” and “utterly devastating” the way Britney’s treatment was and reflected on how, now as a musician, she can just walk out of a room when asked an inappropriate question. Though, from the Framing Britney Spears doc, it clearly hasn’t always been that way.
Olivia said, “I just hope that this next generation of women don’t get asked those questions, and don’t think that that’s OK. I hope reporters don’t think that that’s OK. It’s just disgusting.” And we couldn’t agree more. Her debut album comes out TOMORROW, and we can’t wait to hear it.
And in case you’re wondering what is coming next for Olivia after her album drops, all she hopes is that she keeps enjoying what she’s doing. “I have no idea what my career’s gonna look like in like a year, but I just keep having fun. I’m having so much fun and I feel really lucky that I get to do what I love everyday, I just hope there’s more of that in the future I guess.”
Something tells us there will be PLENTY more of that in Olivia’s bright future ahead, all of this success, and she’s only just getting started! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll just be over here for the foreseeable future, patiently waiting for the moment Sour drops!
Until then, if you want more on Olivia Rodrigo, stick around for more thrilling news. Also, let us know down in the comments below what you think about Olivia’s career trajectory compared to other Disney stars like Demi, Selena, Miley, and the Jonas Brothers.