Olivia Rodrigo Received ‘The Best Birthday Present Ever’ From ‘Saturday Night Live’
Olivia Rodrigo celebrated her 18th birthday with a great present.
“DRIVERS LICENSE SNL SKETCH IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER IM SHAKING,” Rodrigo tweeted late Saturday night after finding out that her debut single was featured in a sketch on Saturday Night Live.
DRIVERS LICENSE SNL SKETCH IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER IM SHAKING
— Olivia Rodrigo (@Olivia_Rodrigo) February 21, 2021
The sketch featured Mikey Day, Bowen Yang, Beck Bennett and other male SNL cast members playing pool at a bar until host and Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page put on “Drivers License” on the bar’s jukebox. The song got the men emotional talking about the love triangle between the Rodrigo and her High School Musical: The Musical: The Series co-star Joshua Bassett and his new alleged girlfriend Sabrina Carpenter.
Page and Pete Davidson‘s characters even get into a fight over whether the song gave off Taylor Swift vibes (Swift being one of Rodrigo’s biggest music influences) or if it’s “pure Olivia.”
They stopped once Kate McKinnon‘s character said, “Boys, open your hearts and listen. We’re about to get the bridge of our lives.” The men then clumped together and passionately shouted the lyrics to the bridge. “I need to hear that freaking bridge again,” McKinnon continued with cheers from the boys.
Rodrigo released “Drivers License” last month with unexpected success. While Rodrigo is known largely to a Gen Z audience, she remained unknown to older generations before her song debuted No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The record became the biggest weekly debut ever with 107 million worldwide streams – 76.1 million just from the U.S. alone. Three days after its release, “Drivers License” set the Spotify record for the most streams in a single day for a non-holiday song with 15.17 million plays. The record was beat the next day with the same song with 17.01 million streams in a 24-hour period.
Rodrigo and Bassett are currently filming the second season to the hit Disney+ series.
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