In a new interview Olivia Rodrigo revealed that even though her song “Drivers License” is still No. 1 on the Billboard singles charts, the magic number it took for her to get her actual driver’s permit was much higher. The 18-year-old star of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series whose breakthrough hit just added an eighth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, dialed in to PopCrush Nights to tell the hilarious story of her struggle to get her actual license.
“Essentially, the time I got my driver’s license it was my fourth try, which is really sad,” Rodrigo told the show’s hosts. You see, the first two times she was slated to take her driving exam she had to cancel, first due to COVID-19 and then because of a scheduling conflict with the filming schedule of HSM. Her third try was not much better, honestly. “I finally get there and I fly out from Utah to L.A. just to take the test because I had to take it in California,” she said. “I’m sitting in the car and the guy like comes by and he’s checking [everything].”
Unfortunately for Rodrigo, the horn on her mom’s car didn’t work so the instructor had to halt the test. “I go to honk it and the horn doesn’t work on my mom’s car,” she said, explaining that her mom is a super-chill driver, so she probably didn’t even realize the horn was busted. “And so he said: ‘Your car is legally unsafe, I can’t take you out to take the test, go home.’” It was a tough blow for the singer, who said, “I didn’t even get to drive out of the DMV [Department of Motor Vehicles]… I was so upset, I literally cried in the DMV parking lot.”
But, like a real-life fairy tale, the fourth time was the charm and she passed the test no problem.
“License” was released Jan. 8 on Geffen/Interscope Records and debuted at No. 1 on the Jan. 23-dated Hot 100, marking Rodrigo’s first No. 1 (after her debut entry, “All I Want,” reached No. 90 in January 2020). The song from the singer-songwriter and actress totaled 19.7 million U.S. streams (down 9%) and 9,000 downloads sold (down 30%) in the week ending March 4, according to MRC Data. It also drew 73.2 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 7%) in the week ending March 7.The track holds at its No. 2 high on the Radio Songs chart; slips 3-4 on Streaming Songs, after four weeks at No. 1; and drops 2-5 on Digital Song Sales, after three weeks at No. 1.
Watch Rodrigo tell her license story below.