Olivia Rodrigo Explains How Starting As A Child Actor Was A Great Start For Her Songwriting
Rolling Stone is in the midst of its Musicians On Musicians series, which pairs two musicians for a discussion with each other. Olivia Rodrigo and Alanis Morissette took part in a race with Madonna and Maluma yesterday, and its now their turn to compete.
Rodrigo explains that she and Morissette both began their creative careers as child actors, before asking, Do you think acting helped you to be more in touch with your emotions in songwriting? That was how I felt about it in a certain way. Rodrigo responded, I think it helped me be able to feel certain emotions like that." Morissette then turned the question back on Rodriqueo, who said, "It helped a lot." I can still remember crying in this scene and feeling this relief and this feeling of catharsis and being like, Oh, this is therapy. I remember going to my first acting lesson when I was 11 years old and crying and smelling this sensation of calm and anxiety and thinking, 'Oh! this will help me heal.' I believe that also applies to music. I wrote a couple songs on my record where I was literally crying at my piano.
Rodrigo then went on to describe how she thought her unusual childhood would make it harder for her songs to be relatable to the average person.
Check out the interview in its entirety here.