Olivia Rodrigo Opens Up About HBO's "The Idol"
Olivia Rodrigo candidly expressed her lack of interest in HBO’s “The Idol” in a recent interview. She subtly critiqued the series, highlighting its failure to depict womanhood in a powerful and non-traumatizing way. Rodrigo’s comments resonated with those seeking more authentic portrayals of female experiences in the entertainment industry.
Olivia Rodrigo, the pop music sensation of our time, recently shared her thoughts on HBO’s “The Idol” in an interview with The Guardian. She candidly expressed her disinterest in the series and offered insights into its portrayal of the music industry and womanhood.
A Subtle Critique
In her discussion of “The Idol,” a now-canceled HBO series created by The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) and Sam Levinson, Olivia Rodrigo subtly questioned the show’s approach to depicting the pop music industry and female experiences. She pointed out that the series failed to showcase womanhood in a powerful and non-traumatizing way, a perspective that resonates with many viewers.
“I don’t have the desire to [watch it],” Rodrigo stated. She reflected on her experience watching the movie “Barbie,” noting, “Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve seen a film that centers around a female character without overly sexualizing her or focusing solely on her pain and trauma.”
“The Idol” and Its Evolution
“The Idol” was originally conceived as a satirical take on the music industry, with Lily-Rose Depp starring as Jocelyn, a pop star seeking liberation from a toxic relationship with club owner and cult leader Tedros, played by The Weeknd. The concept aimed to critique the music industry’s darker aspects. However, when Sam Levinson, known for creating “Euphoria,” took over the show following director Amy Seimetz’s departure, it reportedly deviated from its intended path.
Under Levinson’s direction, “The Idol” transformed into something that seemingly contradicted its initial message. The show introduced explicit content, featuring shocking sex scenes and at times, performances that left audiences questioning their artistic merit. This shift drew criticism for lacking substantial commentary or compelling narratives.
The Cancellation of “The Idol”
HBO eventually made the decision to cancel “The Idol.” In their official statement, HBO acknowledged the show’s provocative nature and expressed gratitude towards the creators, cast, and crew for their work. Despite its strong initial response from audiences, the decision was made to not move forward with a second season.
Olivia Rodrigo’s Journey
While Olivia Rodrigo has shared her thoughts on “The Idol,” she remains focused on her music career. The young artist is preparing to release her highly anticipated second studio album, titled “GUTS.” Her lead single, “vampire,” is a piano-driven track that conveys her unapologetic attitude towards individuals who exploit her fame.
Rodrigo’s musical evolution is evident in her work, with tracks like “bad idea right?” showcasing her pop-punk influences. She has openly mentioned high-profile mentors such as Jack White, Kathleen Hanna, and St. Vincent, who have contributed to her artistic development.
“GUTS” is set to be released on September 8th, and fans are eagerly anticipating the new direction Rodrigo will explore in this album. As she continues to make her mark on the music industry, Rodrigo’s perspective on the portrayal of womanhood and the music world will undoubtedly contribute to important conversations in the entertainment industry.