‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’: Why 1 Character Might ‘Shake Things up’ for Nini’s Future

In real life, Olivia Rodrigo is known for her love of Taylor Swift and for releasing original songs like “Drivers License,” “Brutal,” and “Deja Vu.”

In High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, though, this character also is pursuing some pretty exciting musical opportunities. Here’s what we know about this character and her future at East High School. 

Pop star Olivia Rodrigo waits to speak as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room
Pop star Olivia Rodrigo waits to speak as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room | BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Olivia Rodrigo recorded songs like ‘Drivers License’ and ‘Deja Vu’

She’s an award-winning musician, earning millions of streams on songs like “Drivers License” and “Deja Vu.” Rodrigo released her album Sour in 2021, complete with colorful music videos and a virtual prom experience for fans. 

In a Disney+ original series, this actor portrayed a musician who went viral for her original songs. That’s the character Nini from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

Olivia Rodrigo appeared in Nini in ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’

Outside of her music career, Rodrigo starred in Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark and the Disney+ original series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. In the Disney+ mockumentary, she starred as one of the main characters — a musical theater nerd named Nini. 

In season 1, this character earned the lead role in her high school’s musical. In season 2, she left a performing arts school to pursue her creativity as a musician at East High School. 

One of the last moments of season 2 included Nini taking a significant phone call from a music producer. That could mean this character will develop her original music further, although her future is pretty uncertain. 

There’s also the uncertainty of Rodrigo’s actual music career. Some fans speculate that this artist will prefer to create more music, although she has not commented on her return to a potential season 3. 

“I would never want Olivia to think we’re stealing from her life,” series creator and showrunner Tim Federle told TV Line. “We write these scripts six months before we shoot them, and it’s amazing how art imitates life. But I definitely think Jamie is here to shake things up for Nini’s future.”

Will Olivia Rodrigo return for future episodes of ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’?

Disney+ has not yet confirmed whether or not these Wildcats will return for a third season. However, as teased by one character, if there is a season 3, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series fans are in for a “hot summer.”

“Olivia is a massive part of [High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’] success, but I think season 3 is sort of a TBD in terms of where Nini’s journey would go,” Federle said during an interview with Hollywood Life.

Episodes of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series are available for streaming on Disney+, while music created by Rodrigo is available for streaming on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

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