All About That Time Olivia Holt Taught Me How to Use Instagram
As New Yorkers sprinted through the rain on a damp day, Olivia Holt was seated inside a tricked-out limousine overflowing with oversize pillows, a faux-fur blanket, and other feminine accents. The limo's interior looked like the bedroom of a quintessential Disney Channel character. In real life, Olivia drives a Mercedes-Benz GLK, which she insisted to me was not a "mom car," but her bashful laugh implied otherwise. She clarified, "It's not a minivan, but the shape of it made me think of my mom."
At 19, Olivia has over 10 acting credits, a self-titled EP with Hollywood Records, and a massive social media following. I spoke to the multi-hyphenate at a Neutrogena event — because, yes, she also happens to be a brand ambassador — that celebrated the release of the futuristic Light Therapy Acne Mask ($40). The interview took place away from the event, however, and in the limo parked just outside.
Throughout the interview, Olivia was notably mature and self-aware. She took her time as she spoke, but she also never hesitated. When I asked her about her Instagram habits, she consistently inserted phrases like "for me" and "in my opinion." And though she admitted to loving the social media platform, she also made sure to note that she doesn't take it too seriously.
One of the few times when I was reminded of her age was when we chatted about our shared love of Lizzie McGuire, who she described as being "majestic." The other sign of youth she has a hard time evading? Breakouts. In addition to sharing her acne-fighting tips, Olivia also spoke about her new haircut, photo-editing apps, and why she sometimes needs to take a break from makeup. Look ahead for some memorable quotes from our interview.