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Olivia Rodrigo REVEALS Writing 'Drivers License' Was 'Scary' & 'Vulnerable'

"Writing songs is a very vulnerable thing. It’s [...] scary but I think that’s sort of the fun of it." Olivia Rodrigo (Nini) says.

10 January 2021 by Fonticha Tran

Actress Olivia Rodrigo at the World premiere of Disney's 'Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil' held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, USA on September 30, 2019.

On January 8, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' Olivia Rodrigo speaks about the production process of her new debut single "drivers license".


Let's rewind.


For those who don't know, Olivia recently released a new original song "drivers license". Not long after, it trended on Twitter, and according to Chart Data, is "the first artist to simultaneously rank at #1 on the US iTunes and US Apple Music singles charts this year".


In a YouTube Livestream, Olivia explains about how "drivers license" came into being.


"I was literally driving around the suburbs in my little Southern California town, listening to Gracie Abrams, crying my eyes out."

"I do this so often. I’m literally at my wheel [doing dry heaving sobs] whenever I’m sad because I love driving. I feel like it’s a cathartic experience for me. Don’t worry, I’m really safe."

"But sometimes I just cry and listen to Gracie Abrams or White Horse by Taylor Swift. And just cry and then I pull up to a stoplight and the person next to me is like, ‘Oh god, is that little girl okay?’ kind of alarmed."

"And I went home and I was like, I gotta write a song. So I sat down at the piano. I kind of forced myself to write. I remember thinking ‘write for 15 minutes Olivia, and maybe something will come up."

"And I wrote the first verse and chorus of 'drivers license' and I finished it in another session randomly."



Olivia also reveals that writing songs is a "vulnerable thing."


"Writing songs is a very vulnerable thing. It’s kind of scary but I think that’s sort of the fun of it."


Olivia also explains that she took the newly written song to Dan, who "really loved it".



"And I took it to Dan, and I was like, ‘Dan, I think I just wrote my best song ever.’ And he really loved it, and I loved f the production that we did on it."

"And I think the song just perfectly captured the emotions that I was having a hard time articulating. Because that’s the best part of songwriting."


In other news, Sabrina Carpenter has released a song "Skin", which the majority of fans are believing is a response to Olivia's "drivers license".


However, a few reckons it's actually about the hate and the "death threats" she's been receiving after the release of "drivers license".

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' season 2 is currently filming. The season will centre around a Beauty and the Beast musical production. 

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Olivia Rodrigo (High School Musical The Series' Nini)

Fonticha Tran is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is also responsible for researching and writing news articles. She also keeps track of the celebrities’ on our watchlist while monitoring their social media for any new updates.  


Fun fact: Besides constantly being on Twitter and reading up on her favourite celebrities' newest tweets, she's busy rewatching Stranger Things and The Umbrella Academy. 

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