Olivia Rodrigo is one of the biggest American artists in our generation today. However, what many may not know is that Olivia Rodrigo has Asian blood – yes, Asian.
Not Mexican, as her surname may otherwise imply. And if you’re curious what other ethnicities Olivia Rodrigo has, we’ve got you covered.
But before we jump into her nationality and ethnicity, let’s first define both of them so that you’d know what we’re talking about. To put simply:
- Ethnicity is a person’s racial ancestry and heritage. It is in your blood.
- Nationality is a person’s legal identity based on the country he or she was born in. It is your citizenship.
In other words, if you were born and registered in the U.S., that makes your nationality American. However, if your mom’s father was Vietnamese by blood, that means your ethnicity is ¼ Vietnamese – even if you’ve never practiced their culture or gone to their country.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a look at Olivia Rodrigo’s nationality and ethnicity.
Olivia Rodrigo’s Nationality
On February 20, 2003, Olivia Rodrigo was born to parents Ronald and Sophia Rodrigo in the Land of the Free: United States of America. She was raised in Marietta, California but later moved to Los Angeles when she was 13 years old for her role in Bizaardvark.
It was in her small little town in Temecula that she found her life-long passion for singing and acting. When she was only in kindergarten, Olivia took vocal lessons and learned how to play the piano.
And when she was six years old, she enrolled herself in two theater productions called Lisa J. Mails Elementary School and Dorothy McElhinney Middle School, where she was taught how to sing and act.
With that said, one can say that Olivia Rodrigo’s nationality is American, considering that she was born and raised here.
Olivia Rodrigo’s Ethnicity
We’ve mentioned earlier that Olivia Rodrigo has Asian blood. That is because her dad is actually Filipino-American. Having been colonized by the Spanish empire for more than 300 years, Filipinos tend to have Hispanic family names. That is why some have mistaken Olivia as a Latina.
In 2017, Olivia shared her family history in celebration of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:
“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.”
A complete timeline of Olivia’s genealogical ancestry is yet to be available, but we do know that she is a fourth-generation Filipina.
However, that’s not the only ethnicity that Olivia has. Her mother, Sophia Rodrigo, is of German and Irish descent. However, this part of her ethinic background is not really talked about by the media as much as her Filipino heritage.
This may have something to do with just how much people celebrate representation among minorities in the entertainment industry.
The Significance of Olivia Rodrigo’s Filipino Heritage
Olivia has wholeheartedly embraced her Filipino blood thanks to her family’s efforts to preserve the Philippine culture in their own household. In an interview, Olivia revealed that her family still serves Filipino dishes – her favorite being lumpia, a Filipino variation of spring rolls.
With that said, Olivia has also opened up on the importance of being a role model to young Filipinas like herself:
“I sometimes get DMs from little girls being like, ‘I’ve never seen someone who looked like me in your position,’ and I’m literally going to cry. Like, just thinking about it. I feel like I grew up never seeing that. Also, it was always like, ‘pop star, that’s a white girl.’”
The fact that Olivia brings inspiration to the lives of little girls just by being herself shows just how influential and powerful she is. We hope to see Olivia talk more about what being Filipina means to her in the future!