Olivia Holt: Two-Time BYOU Magazine Cover Star
Olivia Holt, star of Disney Channel’s I Didn’t Do It and Disney XD’s Kick’It, was BYOU Magazine’s Inner Beauty 2014 cover star!! Olivia also starred as BYOU Magazine’s cover story for our December Be Fearless issue!
If you want to read her Inner Beauty interview, just download the free BYOU Magazine app (on iTunes, Android, or Amazon) and become a BYOU Magazine Member!
Olivia Holt’s EP “Olivia” Now Available
On July 15, 2016 Olivia released her EP self-titled, “Olivia,” which includes hit song Phoenix, just in time for her 2016 solo tour. Olivia’s EP is available on iTunes.
For more info on Olivia’s music please visit OliviaHolt.com.
Olivia also has a role in the Tinkerbell and
the Neverbeast movie, where she plays Morgan, a fairy who loves animals. BYOU Magazine recently interviewed her about that role – CLICK HERE to read her exclusive
interview and what Olivia says is the moral of the movie!
Below is an excerpt for her first exclusive interview with us (and a few photos from her photo shoot!)...
Olivia, tell us – how does a small town girl from Mississippi end up in Hollywood starring on a Disney show and movie? Did you ever imagine it would happen?
Olivia: As a young girl, the most I did was sing in the car with my dad on the way to school and put little skits on with my older sister for my family. I never would’ve imagined anything big would come of it. But my mom saw how much we enjoyed performing and enrolled us in theatre camps over the summer. I had always done gymnastics and actually thought I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast, but started really enjoying the acting and singing, too. I got a voice coach for singing who brought me out to an event in California where there were agents looking for actors and singers. From this event, I got an agent, and for several years, spent my breaks in California going on auditions and doing commercials. Then two years ago, I auditioned for the role of Kim on Disney XD’s Kickin’ It and got the part, so my parents moved our whole family out to Los Angeles (they’re awesome!)
O: It was actually tough living a ‘double life’ – being a singer/actress and being a normal kid going to public school. I remember when I left for a week in California and came back, kids would make fun of me and say mean things about what I do. It was hard because I had insecurities and worried a lot about what people thought about me, which caused me to sometimes change into someone I wasn’t. People can be so judgmental, especially our generation, and I often feel they don’t really think before they speak. It was hard to make friends, especially in middle school, because I was involved in so many different types of activities and my school had so many cliques where everyone had their own groups and didn’t get along with others. I was lucky to have a set of friends that didn’t judge me, plus I always had my parents to talk to.
Yes, you are lucky! But what about a girl who has family and friends that tell her she can’t do it or doesn’t offer her support – what can she do when she’s facing a lot of negatively in her life and having a hard time staying positive?
O: I am very fortunate to have an incredible family who basically sacrificed their life to come out to LA so I could follow my dream. There are so many people I look up who didn’t have the blessings I did that I think we can learn from – for example, Oprah Winfrey. She grew up much different than I did – she was very poor with many challenges – but she guided herself through life and now she’s so big and so powerful. I feel if a girl is having trouble looking on the bright side of things, she can pray and know that we’ll never get more than we can handle. When life gets me down, I always look to my faith – my goal is go through my career living life with God and having that in me is the best joy in the world. I have a mindset that I can do it – anything is possible! If people out there that have gone through so much just know they CAN do it and that it IS possible when they follow their hearts, they’ll go a long way!
At one point in your life you thought everything you’re doing was not at all possible for you, and now you’re at a point where you know everything IS possible. It appears you’ve grown and learned so much, haven’t you?
O: It’s funny – I’m a super nervous person and I get nervous before absolutely everything! But I had to learn to overcome that fear (and still sometimes still working on it!), and what’s helped me along the way is to staying confident, looking on the positive side, and just having a big heart and a big mindset on everything. This is definitely a tough business – you hear all the time negative things and you can’t worry about that. You have to keep your eyes on the bright side. I’ve learned it’s important just being yourself and not worrying about what other people think. I love it when I see some who is themselves – you know, showing everyone you don’t care, being silly, fun.
Just being completely fearless and being yourself goes a long way, regardless if a girl wants to be an actress or doctor. Follow your heart and what you want to do, having the mindset that “I can do it.” It works out in the long run because you’re happy and positive and know everything is going to be fine.
You mentioned earlier that kids today can be very judgmental towards each other, which is such an issue with bullying. Can you say a bit more about that?
O: I cannot stand bullying, I’m such an advocate against it and feel people can be so critical and judgmental and don’t think before they speak. You have to THINK before you speak. Think what it’s like in someone else’s shoes – you don’t know what’s going on in their life or what they’re going through. But kids sometimes kids don’t think that way. Everyone wants a friend, but if you want a friend, you have to be a friend first.
Our generation can make such a big impact on life. We could be doing so many great things – we can be doing WAY better things than making fun of people. We could be changing the world because we are all so powerful. Start with something little and become someone’s friend.
What do you think truly makes a girl beautiful?
Olivia: I think what makes a girl truly beautiful is her genuine kindness to others. True beauty shows when you reach out to others and are truly interested in them, and take time to get to know them as a person.
One of my favorite quotes:
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. “– Helen Keller
Go Behind-the-Scenes with Olivia & BYOU Magazine
Get Silly with Olivia Holt & B-Silly Ella!
Olivia Celebrates her 18th Birthday!
On August 17, 2015 Olivia celebrated her 18th birthday in style! Olivia Holt’s friends and family gathered to celebrate her 18th birthday. Olivia held a summer soiree at a private estate in Malibu, California, hosted by Nintendo. Guests got the chance to try out the New Nintendo 3DS XL and take a dip in the ocean.
Olivia’s guests included other former BYOU Magazine cover stars including Kelli Berglund, Piper Curda, and Peyton List! Check out all of the photos from Olivia’s super-fun party!
More on Olivia
- Quiz: How well do you know Olivia Holt?
- Olivia at DisneyNature’s Premiere of Monkey Kingdom
- Exclusive Interview: Olivia Holt on Penn Zero
- Exclusive: Olivia’s Holiday Faves!
- Olivia Holt in Sleeping Beauty at Pasadena Playhouse
Photographer: Cindy Quick, www.CindyQuickPhotography.com
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