Olivia Rodrigo is having a stellar yr. She shot to musical fame after her single “drivers license” (aka 2021’s collective heartbreak anthem) topped charts for eight weeks after its January launch. Months later, she launched her critically acclaimed debut album, SOUR. The 18-year-old additionally not too long ago graduated highschool, acquired her personal driver’s license, nabbed a brand new boyfriend, and even took a gathering with the president. As if she hasn’t executed sufficient this yr, Rodrigo garnered 5 MTV Video Music Awards nominations, together with a nod within the coveted “Artist of the 12 months” class and one for “Music of the 12 months” for “drivers license.” As followers wait to see if she’ll take dwelling any awards, they will relaxation assured understanding she will certainly grace the stage as a result of she’s slated to carry out in the course of the Sept. 12 occasion. However previous to dominating pop-culture consciousness as a gifted singer/songwriter, the Filipina-American expertise acquired her begin as a baby actor. She landed her first position because the lead within the direct-to-video movie An American Lady: Grace Stirs Up Success earlier than she even turned 13 and has filmed many extra appearing tasks since. Listed below are Rodrigo’s finest film and TV roles, from the Disney+ spinoff Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Sequence to a visitor look on New Lady.Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The SeriesRodrigo is most recognized for her position as Wildcat Nini Salazar-Roberts within the Disney+ Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Sequence spinoff. The mockumentary drama follows East Excessive’s stagings of a unique musical for every of the 2 seasons. On Season 1, East Excessive phases Excessive College Musical, and theater fanatic Nini auditions for the a part of Gabriella Montez (originated by Vanessa Hudgens). She then finds out she’s starring reverse her ex-boyfriend, Ricky (Joshua Bassett), who lands the position of Troy Bolton (beforehand performed by a basketball-dribbling Zac Efron). If you happen to loved the unique HSM soundtrack, which got here out in 2006, you’ll undoubtedly wish to sing alongside to the sequence’ covers of the film’s quintessential songs. (Rodrigo does a very nice job with the enduring duet “Breaking Free.”) The sequence additionally options new tracks, together with “All I Need,” Rodrigo’s first-ever composition. New GirlWhen Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) acquired his act collectively and launched The Pepperwood Chronicles novel in Season 6 of New Lady, Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) coerced him into speaking to a bunch of highschool ladies to up her avenue cred as principal. The scholars, together with Rodrigo’s Terrinea, ultimately fawn over Nick and his brilliance. Whereas she wasn’t given a ton of strains, Rodrigo performed the swooning teenager convincingly and referred to as Jess “completely the best ever.” Deschanel not too long ago posted a throwback of Rodrigo’s guesting on Twitter, saying, “Actual footage of Olivia Rodrigo crediting me for uplifting her quantity #1 album. JK, however nice album @Olivia Rodrigo!” *Petition for a Pepperwood Chronicles ballad begins now.*BizaardvarkWhen Rodrigo was simply 14, she landed a Disney Channel lead as Paige Olvera, the guitar-strumming half of the Bizaardvark duo alongside Madison Hu. For 3 seasons, she flexed her comedic skills and vocal vary because the social media-savvy vlogger who begins a Vuugler channel (like YouTube). If you wish to see Disney-style supply with Rodrigo singing a love ballad a few blobfish or rapping a few college participation award, that is the present to look at. Grace Stirs Up SuccessRodrigo’s first-ever position was because the lead within the direct-to-video movie An American Lady: Grace Stirs Up Success. In it, a beret-wearing Rodrigo performs nine-year-old Grace Thomas, an aspiring baker impressed by her grandparents’ bakery. She flies to France and trains at her uncle’s patisserie, although she struggles to impress him along with her American dishes. When she hears that her household’s store lacks funding to remain open, she joins Masterchef Junior to win the money prize — all she must do is get artistic along with her baked items. There’s loads occurring plot-wise, however Rodrigo is lovable within the movie.