Child actress Olivia Rodrigo received worldwide fame at the young age of 13; she starred as a lead in the 2015 movie franchise American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success

After wowing audiences with her debut performance, she played Paige in the 2016 Disney TV sitcom Bizaardvark. In 2019, Rodrigo got the lead role of Nini Salazar-Roberts in the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

Her Ethnicity and Family

Olivia was born on 20 February 2003 in California to a Filipino-American father and an Irish-American & German-American mother. Because of her family’s rich cultural background, she admits to being an Asian-Pacific American.

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads (and grandpas) out there!

— Olivia Rodrigo (@Olivia_Rodrigo) June 20, 2016

The All I Want singer grandfather, who had migrated to America as a teenager, instilled Filipino culture in her from an early age. One way he would connect his granddaughter with her roots was through Filipino cuisine.

Not just that, when she’s not on sets, she’s busy being homeschooled by her family focused on helping her gain a degree.

Of all her family members, the Bizaardvark actress, who has a height of 5 feet and 5 inches, seems to share a closer bond with her father, as signified by her posts featuring him on her Instagram.

Speaks For Social Cause

Perhaps it is because of her cultural upbringing that Rodrigo uses social media to speak on various issues such as racism and climate change. 

In an Instagram post dated September 21, 2019, she stated she was lucky to be part of the generation that could bring positive climate changes. Before that, in April 2019, she shared a post where she urged youths to change their lifestyle to better the climate. 

The California native is also an active supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Through her IG, she has helped do her part by providing various information on organizations, petitions, and persons regarding the BLM movement for her fans to follow.

In February 2021, Rodrigo celebrated her birthday by supporting the Rain Forest Trust, an organization that protects the environment through community engagement. She urged her fans to support the organization by donating money as a birthday gift to her. 

Taylor Swift Praises her Talent

The 17-year-old Filipina singer is a huge fan of Taylor Swift. She considers Swift as one of her idols and states that she inspired her to write songs.

In April 2021, her "biggest idol" re-posted Rodrigo's cover of Cruel Summer in her Instagram story. In the story, Swift acknowledged Rodrigo’s talent and thanked her for covering one of her songs with such grace.

Rodrigo was over the moon when this happened. She took to her Instagram to post a few awe-struck photos of herself and wrote:


Swift also praised Rodrigo for the enormous success of her new single Driver's License in early 2021.

The song made history by staying at #1 on Billboards Hot 100 for the first eight weeks. It also broke the record for being the fastest single to reach 500 million streams on Spotify.

Talking about her historic success, Rodrigo shared an Instagram post disclosing she was beside Taylor Swift on the US iTunes chart. To her surprise, Taylor replied to the post and praised her. She even called the uprising singer her "baby."

I say that's my baby and I am really proud

Apart from mega-star Taylor Swift, Rodrigo’s humble nature and exceptional talent have won over Tim Federle, the creator of her High School Musical series. 

Federle told Playball that the actress brilliantly channeled the character, Nini, in the series. He affirmed she highlighted the character's maturity as a young woman.