AceShowbiz - Pop newcomer Olivia Rodrigo is convinced becoming a global star during the COVID-19 pandemic was a "blessing in disguise."
The 18-year-old actress-turned-singer shot to fame worldwide at the start of this year (21), thanks to the success of her debut single "Drivers License", and she admits the various health and safety limitations have actually helped her come to terms with her new high profile career.
She explained, "It helped me keep my sanity when there was so much drama going on. Being in isolation with people I loved and cared about kept me out of the hullabaloo."
Olivia also believes shutdown helped to speed-up the release of her debut album, "Sour".
The teenage star - who played Nini Salazar-Roberts in "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" - told the BBC, "Had I been going to press junkets, and performing on late night (TV), I wouldn't have had the confidence in writing the record that I did."
Despite this, Olivia can already see a positive progression in herself from the time she made the album.
She said, "Oh gosh, I am so much happier than I was when I wrote all of those songs! But it's also really cool that I made something out of those feelings. And now I get to look back at them and be like, 'Haha! I didn't know anything!' "
After topping Billboard Hot 100 with "Drivers License", Olivia Rodrigo enjoys another success as her new single "Good 4 U" also debuted atop the chart. The feat makes her the first artist with a debut album to boast two number one Hot 100 entries, since Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 2012 project "The Heist".