- 1. Early life
Olivia Isabel Rodrigo is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She is known for her roles as Paige Olvera on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark and Nini Salazar-Roberts on the Disney+ mockumentary series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
She signed with Interscope and Geffen Records in 2020, and released her debut single, "Drivers License" in 2021, which quickly topped various charts worldwide and gave Rodrigo her breakthrough. It was followed by successful singles "Deja Vu" and "Good 4 U", leading up to the release of her debut studio album, Sour, on May 21, 2021, to critical acclaim.
Olivia Isabel Rodrigo was born on February 20, 2003, at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, California. She is a Filipino American, who lived and grew up in Temecula. Her father works as a family therapist whilst her mother works as a school teacher. Rodrigo's father is of Filipino descent while her mother has German and Irish ancestry. She has stated that her paternal great-grandfather moved from the Philippines to the United States as a teenager, and her family follows Filipino traditions and cuisine. Rodrigo started taking vocal lessons in kindergarten and learned to play piano soon after. She began taking acting and singing classes at age six and started acting in theater productions at Lisa J. Mails Elementary School and Dorothy McElhinney Middle School. Rodrigo was playing guitar by age 12. She grew up listening to her parents' favorite alternative rock music, such as from the bands No Doubt, Pearl Jam, the White Stripes, and Green Day. Rodrigo became interested in songwriting after listening to country music, especially American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. She moved to Los Angeles when she landed her role on Bizaardvark.