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Olivia Rodrigo’s fate on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is still very much up in the air. Season 2 of the series came to an end on July 30 with a multitude of cliffhangers for the characters, including Nini.
At the end of the season, Olivia’s character is on the verge of fully pursuing her musical career with more songwriting experiences (with a little help from Gina’s brother Jamie Porter, aka Jordan Fisher). She spent season 1 following a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a prestigious music school in Denver, but her future is still unwritten. And, as many had predicted, it’s Olivia’s IRL achievements with her debut album Sour that might have put Nini’s continuity in the series in a vulnerable spot.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the series creator and showrunner Tim Federle opened up about Olivia's blossoming career outside of the series, admitting that he “would never want [HSMTMTS] to stand in the way of” her “success and fame.” Federle also said that whether Olivia is back full-time after season two or not was out of his hands, as that is “actor contract stuff.” He did, however, admit it was hard to picture the series without her.
“I want the show to succeed, but the actors who make the show are always more important to me than the product,” Federle continued. “I guess what I mean is, I want Olivia to be happy. I'd love for her to keep making the show, but at the end of the day I'm there to be both the head cheerleader of my series and also read the moment and say, ‘Wow, what Olivia is going through feels so unprecedented that I just want to support her in all of her dreams.’”
Speaking to Hollywood Life, Federle also admitted that “Olivia is a massive part of [HSMTMTS’] success, but I think season 3 is sort of a TBD in terms of where Nini’s journey would go.” The series is yet to be officially renewed but he also revealed he already has “a couple of ideas for season 3.” And as for any similiarities between Nini's story arc and Olivia's, they're purely coincidental.
“I would never want Olivia to think we’re stealing from her life,” he told TV Line. “We write these scripts six months before we shoot them, and it’s amazing how art imitates life. But I definitely think Jamie is here to shake things up for Nini’s future.”
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