Famous Overnight! Inside Pop Teen Queen Olivia Rodrigo's Road To Fame
Talk about going from zero to 60!
Olivia Rodrigo was starring in the Disney+ High School Musical TV spinoff when she released her 2021 debut single, "Drivers License," a devastating power ballad about a painful breakup that became a global smash and propelled the California teen into superstardom.
Now she’s starring in the Disney+ documentary driving home 2 u, which includes personal footage, live performances and revealing interviews as she revisits the difficult period of recording her debut album, Sour.
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“It’s nice to have a time capsule that can bring me back to that period of my life,” reflects the songstress. “It reminds me how much I’ve grown and how lucky I am. That’s a really gratifying feeling.”
Olivia, 19, who recently started her first world tour, took time out of her busy schedule to chat about the joy of writing music and how she’s navigating her dizzying rise to fame.
"It’s so crazy," she tells OK! of reaching stardom at such a young age. "But I have amazing friends who are super honest with me and keep me grounded. My life has changed drastically, but at the end of the day, I’m really kind of like the same person doing the same things in my everyday life.
She also revealed what she would tell herself a year ago, before she skyrocketed to fame, stating: "I would tell her that everything's gonna work out, surround yourself with great people and do all this because you love writing songs."
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Since breaking out into the industry just last year, Rodrigo picked up her first Grammy Awards earlier this month at the April 3 event, where she was named Best New Artist.
While insisting that she is "so grateful" for the popularity of her songs and how they have really resonated with her fans, Rodrigo said she is still "a little bit hard" on herself.
"I’m always pushing myself to be better. And I think I’ll never change no matter the amount of success any of my songs get," she added.