Who is Olivia Rodrigo, and what is her nationality and ethnicity?
Olivia Rodrigo was born in Temecula, California USA, on 20 February 2003 – her zodiac sign is Pisces, she is of Filipino descent, and holds American nationality. She is an actress, singer and an Instagram star, who is perhaps best known for her portrayal of the lead character Paige Olvera in the comedy series “Bizaardvark” which aired from 2016 to 2019, and which was created by Josh Lehrman and Kyle Stegina. The series also starred Madison Hu and DeVore Ledridge, and follows two girls who are best friends and are running their blog “Bizaardvark”, which is about music and funny videos – the series won two awards and was nominated for seven others.
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Childhood and education
Olivia is being raised an only child in Temecula by her father who is a musician, and her mother who is working at a local theatre.
She started singing at the age of four, and was later encouraged by her teachers at Lisa J. Mails Elementary School to try acting, as singing and acting often go along perfectly together. Olivia took her teachers’ advice, and began appearing in the school’s plays, then after enrolling at Dorothy McElhinney Middle School, continued appearing in plays there. In 2016 after she was offered a role in “Bizaardvark”, Olivia’s family moved to Los Angeles in California, and she started attending a high school there.
Olivia should be matriculating in 2021, and is still deciding on her options, enrolling at a college and pursuing a degree or concentrating on acting.
Career as an actress
Olivia made her debut film appearance in 2015, when cast to portray Grace Thomas, one of the lead characters in the comedy musical “Grace Stirs Up Success”, also starring Virginia Madsen and Caitlin Carmichael, and which is about Grace who goes to Paris with her family, and there has to get along with Sylvie, her annoying French cousin – the movie received mixed reviews, and was nominated for a single award.
In 2017 she guest starred as Terrinea in the episode “Young Adult” of the comedy series “New Girl”, starring Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson and Max Greenfield, and which follows a girl who moves in with three single man after breaking-up with her long-term boyfriend – the series aired from 2011 to 2018, and was a big success as it won 11 awards and was nominated for 72 others, including five Golden Globes. Olivia went on to appear in two short films – “Disney Channel Stars: DuckTales Theme Song” and “Disney Channel Stars: Legendary” – while she also appeared in the short film “Olivia Rodrigo: All I Want” in 2020.
Her most recent role has been portraying the lead character Nin,i in 11 episodes of the comedy drama series “High School Musical: The Musical – The Series” during 2020, created by Tim Federle and which also starred Joshua Bassett and Matt Cornett. The series received mostly positive reviews, and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming.
Olivia could’ve been seen appearing in several talk shows and TV specials. Her first appearance was in the short news talk show “Red Carpet Report” in 2016, and she then appeared in the short film “Bizaardvark: Justine Magazine Exclusive”, a single episode of the talk show “Home & Family”, and the TV special “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration”, all released in 2016.
The year 2017 saw her guest star in single episodes of several talk shows, such as “The John Kerwin Show”, “Be Your Best Snackdown” and “CHannelAlexis2k6” – she also starred in the short documentary film “Ready for the Race”, written and directed by Tony Kaplan, and which also starred William Byron. In 2019 she appeared in the episode “Embarrassing Video or Texts Read Aloud?” of the comedy series “Would You Wrather Challenges”, and an episode of the talk show “Good Morning America”.
Three of her most recent appearances have been in the talk show “Live with Kelly and Ryan”, the TV special “The Disney Family Singalong” and another TV special “#Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020”, all released in 2020.
Olivia is known for the two songs she sang in “High School Musical: The Musical – The Series” – “All I Want” which has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and “Just for a Moment”, which peaked at #32 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart. It is said that Olivia is currently working on her debut extended play (EP).
She is very popular on Instagram, as there are over 2.2 million people following her, while she’s uploaded over 700 pictures onto her account so far – mostly taken during her everyday life.
Love life and boyfriend
While most of her fans believe that Olivia is too young to be dating, it is known that she is currently in a relationship with Ethan Wacker, an actor known for his roles in “Miles from Tomorrowland”, “K. C. Undercover” and “The Stinky & Dirty Show”. The two met on the set of “Bizaardvark” and began dating in mid-2018, but kept their relationship a secret before Olivia began uploading pictures of them together onto her Instagram account in January 2019, thus announcing they were together with her ‘public display of affection’ (PDA). The two are together to this day, and there are no rumors nor controversies surrounding the relationship.
Olivia hasn’t talked about any boys she might have dated before meeting Ethan, and it’s believed that he is her first love – as of October 2020, she is in a relationship, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Olivia likes to listen to music in her spare time, and is currently mostly influenced by PJ Harvey, Phoebe Bridgers and Fiona Apple. She began taking piano lessons at the age of six, and at the age of 12 started learning to play the guitar – she is still practicing both today.
Summer is her favorite season as she likes to spend her free time at the beach, sun tanning, playing beach soccer and volleyball – she is also keen on swimming in the ocean and snorkeling.
Olivia likes to travel, and her acting career has taken her to several US states, while she’s also been to Europe on several occasions – her dream travel destination is Paris in France.
Olivia has her own favorite actors and actresses, and as she is an ‘old soul in a young body’, she likes to watch Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Angelina Jolie – some of her favorite movies are “Scarface”, the trilogy “The Godfather”, and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life”.
Age and net worth
Olivia’s age is 17. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 120lbs (54kgs).
As of October 2020, her net worth has been estimated at over $100,000.