Popstar Olivia Rodrigo appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 26, 2021, where she discussed her little trip to the White House back in July to promote the COVID-19 vaccinations among young people.
During the interview, she shared that President of the United States Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and everyone whom she met at the White House were very kind towards her. Olivia also mentioned that the President had gifted her a few gifts including M&Ms, a pair of black aviator Ray-Bans, and a shoehorn when she visited the White House and mentioned that the shoehorn as a gift was ‘strange’.
Olivia quoted, "I didn't see it when he gave it to me, it was, like, in a bag. But I like opened it up, and I was like 'Oh, that's so cool.'" The singer clarified that the shoehorn was not just any shoehorn but had the presidential emblem on it. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the incident, "Well, if you ever thought Joe Biden was too old to be president, now we know he is. He's giving out shoehorns."
Keeping the strange gifts apart gifted by Joe Biden to Olivia Rodrigo, the singer shared that she was ‘honored to visit the White House, especially when such an important cause as raising awareness about the COVID-19 vaccinations was the reason for her visit. She explained, "I walked in there and there were all these plates that George Washington used to eat his dinner on and all of this crazy stuff. I was just scared that I was going to sneeze and break such a priceless artifact. It was crazy. But I walked out. I didn't break anything. "
Jimmy Kimmel asked Olivia Rodrigo about what led to her writing songs and how it evolved into her creating the Billboard Hot-100 topping hits on SOUR to which Olivia replied, "I've always been doing it. I've been writing songs since I could literally talk. My mom has home videos of me just making up gibberish songs about going to the grocery store and stuff like that when I was so young, but when I was nine years old, I learned how to play the piano and started writing more proper songs." Olivia Rodrigo also performed her hit song, "Traitor" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Olivia Rodrigo rose to fame with the release of her breakup anthem, "Driver's License," and her debut album, "SOUR," went on to break numerous streaming records when it was released in May. Olivia’s vulnerable songwriting has been constantly compared to the songwriting of Taylor Swift, but the singer’s particular influence is Alanis Morissette and her 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill.
Olivia and Alanis both went from being child stars to pursuing uber-successful music careers, and the two stars talked all about heartbreak, songwriting, and the two appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone alongside each other. Talking about Alanis’s influence on her music, Olivia shared, "I just think she’s the coolest person and the most amazing songwriter, and it’s such an honor to meet her. To get dating advice from Alanis Morissette, that’s pretty iconic."
The 18-year-old singer, during an interview with Rolling Stone, shared her song lyrics depicting heartbreak, "I think heartbreak is so universal — the feeling that lots of humans feel the most deeply. I've never felt as deep a sadness as I did when I was truly, truly heartbroken and devastated." She also shared that she tries to write every day, solely for herself. Clarifying the fact that she writes for herself, Olivia mentioned, "I think if I tried to sit down at the piano and be like, "I’m going to write a song that everyone likes and that resonates with people!" it’s never any good. I’ve been trying to put out songs and I realize they’re not mine anymore. I can’t tell you how many songs that I’ve listened to and been like, "Oh, my gosh, that artist wrote it for my situation and me".
Olivia Rodrigo in her interview also shared her concerns with social media, as she mentioned that she understands that putting music out in the age of social media can be daunting, and I think people hold young women to an incredibly unrealistic standard. "I don’t think anyone is meant to look at that stuff. I don’t think we as human beings are supposed to know what thousands of people think about what we wore or what we said or how we talk. I think having that separation is really important — realizing that that’s not real life, you know what I mean? That world that is created online, it’s just one facet of this very big human existence. I had my first Instagram when I was 12 years old. So I had my entire adolescence in front of people, and I think it's difficult to distinguish between who you are as a person versus who you are as a person on Instagram."
Rodrigo sought Morissette's assistance on "growing up in this business." Alanis Morissette said, "If I could go back in time, I would have surrounded myself with a few more pals. Just a little extra emotional support, someone with whom you could vent and analyse your feelings. It was nice to write about it in my journal, but if I could go back in time, I would have summoned a few truly sincerely loving, unconditionally caring friends to simply check in with me."
Nowadays the conversation around mental health goes around and regarding the same, Olivia Rodrigo shared that she also sees a therapist help her cope with life in the spotlight. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, she said regarding her therapy experience, "I hadn't actually begun going until I was like 16, and it was a really major, life-changing moment. I've discovered a lot about myself."
Olivia Rodrigo recently appeared on Vogue Singapore’s ‘Pretty but Boring’, October 2021 cover where she is seen wearing Fendi courtesy of stylist Coquito Cassibba photographed by Peter Ash Lee. For the digital alternative (after the jump), the rising star rocks a Louis Vuitton look along with a selection of jewelry from Cartier.