Olivia Rodrigo Opens Up About Her Ethnicity and Family

Billboard Top 100 announced on Jan. 19 that High School Musical: The Musical: The Series singer Olivia Rodrigo snagged the top spot of its list, debuting at No. 1 with her song “drivers license.” The Disney Channel and Disney+ singer, who also made waves with her song from her hit show in 2020 with “All I Want,” is growing her fan base with her emotional songwriting, soulful singing, and devotion to Taylor Swift. So some people might be wondering about her personal life, including what Olivia Rodrigo’s ethnicity is. The star has opened up about her family and culture.

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How people know Olivia Rodrigo

Fans of “drivers license” might already have noticed Rodrigo from her Disney Channel and Disney+ performances. Rodrigo became a household name to tweens and teens while acting on Bizaardvark from 2016 to 2019, when she played the role of Paige Olvera.

Rodrigo didn’t stop her Disney affiliation there, though, and continued her television career in 2019 with the House of Mouse. She played Nini on Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, a spinoff of the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical (2006).

The young star released her first single independent from the show, “drivers license,” on Jan. 8, and it became a quick smash hit.

Where Olivia Rodrigo’s family is from

Rodrigo opened up about her family’s heritage in a video for Disney Channel’s YouTube account in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2017.

“My heritage is a part of who I am,” she said. “I’m part Filipina on my dad’s side of the family. My Filipino heritage comes from my great-grandfather. He came on a boat from the Philippines when he was just a teenager. Can you imagine moving to a whole new country all by yourself?”

Rodrigo then discussed how she and her family keep their Filipino heritage alive in the United States of America.

How Olivia Rodrigo partakes in Filipino culture with her family

In the same video, Rodrigo continued to say how her family partakes in Filipino culture by cooking.

“Some traditions that have carried over into my generation are we actually make Filipino food,” the singer said. “My great-grandpa had a garden and he was also a really good cook.”

She then described a Filipino food her family enjoys: lumpias.

“He’d make lumpias; they’re kind of like Filipino egg rolls,” Rodrigo explained.

Rodrigo said she inherited “a lot of traits” from her family members, such as being “kind and respectful and to always do the right thing.”

She concluded the video: “I’m Olivia Rodrigo. I’m a Filipina. I’m a lumpia fan. I’m a daughter and a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter. I’m American. I’m an Asian-Pacific islander.”

We can’t wait to see what’s next from the chart-topping singer. She’s slated to reprise her role in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 2.

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