Unless you’re living under a rock, you would have for sure heard of the extremely popular and viral song called “Driver’s License.” The song, which was written and performed by Fil-Am singer Olivia Rodrigo, has broken records ever since its release.
It broke the record for most Spotify streams in one day during the holiday season, and became the fastest song to reach 100 million streams on Spotify, the most requested song in one day on Alexa, and the biggest first-week performance on Amazon Music, among others. And all these records were achieved by the 17-year-old singer-actress, Olivia!
But how did it become so viral? The answer is all the rumors and drama surrounding the song. (Read: 3 New Songs by Pinoy Artists That You Need to Hear Right Now)
According to various reports, the young singer-actress is rumored to be dating her High School Musical: The Series co-actor Joshua Bassett. However, the latter has been recently spotted spending time with singer and fellow Disney star Sabrina Carpenter, sparking rumors that Olivia and Joshua had called it quits.
But even without the song, Olivia is now making a name for herself in Hollywood— especially with how good she is at playing Nini Salazar-Roberts in the High School Musical series! But where did the young actress start? My Pope lists her earlier projects before she landed the part for the Disney movie’s series reboot and the record-breaking song!
TV Shows Starring Olivia Rodrigo: Bizaardvark
Bizaardvark is a 2016 comedy series on Disney Channel about two best friends who post funny songs on the internet and do random things on videos that they also upload. Olivia plays Paige Olvera, a guitarist, who is one-half of the Bizaardvark (bizarre + aardvark) duo. She is best friends with Frankie Wong (played by Madison Hu) and they are eventually accepted into a studio where they now make videos and share them with an even bigger audience. (Read: 5 TikTok Accounts to Follow for Easy Recipes)
TV Shows Starring Olivia Rodrigo: New Girl
Olivia also appeared on an episode of the 2011 crowd favorite series New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel. She played Terrinea, a student at the school where Jess (Deschanel) works as a principal in Season 6, Episode 18 called “Young Adult.” You can watch her episode of New Girl here.
Movie Starring Olivia Rodrigo: An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success
An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success is a 2015 movie directed by Vince Marcello. The movie revolves around Grace (played by Olivia) who is the 2015 Girl of the Year. She then goes to Paris to help her grandparents’ business that’s in distress— and she does it by joining MasterChef Junior. The movie is an adaptation of the novel Grace by Mary Casanova.