Olivia Rodrigo returns to her Disney roots with ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ & shared how thrilled she is to offer a voice to ‘underrepresented’ youngsters.
There’s no denying Disney+ has a success on it’s fingers with High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, with followers and critics each cheering on the brand new present centered on the lives of teenagers at East High. While the unique iteration broke information as a DCOM, this sequence has set it’s sights on breaking boundaries, specializing in teenagers with very numerous backgrounds and upbringings. For Olivia Rodrigo, who starred within the Disney Channel sequence Bizaardvark earlier than nabbing the position of Nini in HSMTMTS, it means portraying a younger woman raised by lesbian mothers.
“Yup, two moms,” Olivia stated proudly after we spoke to her EXCLUSIVELY on the premiere. “My character has two moms and I loved the way that they did that. They just portrayed it as completely normal and natural, which … that’s just real life. And it’s not a statement, it’s not a punchline; it’s just how it is. It’s completely accepted and just a normal part of life that we’re portraying.” The scene introducing Nini’s dad and mom is fast; barely a minute of display screen time is given to her TV mothers, performed by Michelle Noh and Nicole Sullivan. Still, Olivia understands the influence that it undoubtedly have.
“TV [can] transform how you see the world,” she added. “It’s a really important thing, especially for a younger viewers to see. I’m really excited for that.” But her pleasure doesn’t finish there. Before the present even aired for a large viewers, the sequence had a second season greenlit by the streaming service, proving Disney’s religion within the present. While the information was thrilling to listen to, Olivia admits that she felt assured individuals would gravitate to the sequence straight away.
“Tright here’s actually one thing for everyone,” she stated. “My private favourite a part of the present is the music; each the music that we do from the unique High School Musical motion pictures and the music that we try this was made only for this present. I additionally assume that folks actually are going to like the characters. There’s one thing so particular a few group of people who find themselves so numerous. The viewers will have the ability to see themselves in each character, which is a extremely particular factor, particularly for the youthful viewers. There’s so many characters for everyone, even teams which can be marginalized or underrepresented in TV and media. I’ve been actually excited for those who see that.”
As for Nini’s journey within the sequence, Olivia confesses that followers shouldn’t anticipate to simply see her caught up within the love triangle between herself, Ricky, and EJ (performed by Joshua Bassett and Matt Cornett ). “You know what? She may be in love, but it surely won’t be with a boy,” she added. “Might not be with the girl. It might be with herself. You’ll just have to see.”
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is streaming now on Disney+