The daily gossip: Olivia Rodrigo's therapist says her lyrics sound familiar, Travis Scott gives 1st interview about Astroworld, and more
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Olivia Rodrigo's therapist listened to 'Brutal' and said it's 'like everything we talk about'
It's probably safe to say we all had a worse 2021 than Olivia Rodrigo, who on Thursday was named entertainer of the year by Time magazine. Rodrigo released her debut single, "Drivers License," just eight days into the year, and her first album, Sour, was topping the charts by May. She reflected to Time that she wrote all of the songs in her bedroom, and "I think you can tell," noting that songwriting is what she takes "most seriously in my life." She also revealed her therapist recently listened to her song "Brutal" — which includes lyrics like "I'm not cool and I'm not smart and I can't even parallel park" — for the first time, and it gave her some serious deja vu. "She was like, 'That song is like everything we talk about today,'" Rodrigo said. "And I'm like, 'Oh, no! Have I not grown at all?'"
Travis Scott gives 1st interview since Astroworld
Travis Scott spoke out Thursday in his first interview since the deadly crowd surge at his Astroworld music festival left ten people dead. In a conversation with Charlamagne tha God, Scott maintained he didn't hear screams for help from the crowd while he was on stage and wasn't fully aware of the injuries and casualties "until minutes before" officials detailed them in a press conference. "This night was just like a regular show, it felt like to me," he said. "As far as like the energy ... people didn't show up there to just be harmful." When asked if he feels a sense of responsibility, Scott said he has "a responsibility to figure out what happened," and he also said the victims' families are "owed" answers. An attorney for one of the victims' families slammed Scott in a statement, saying he "exacerbates the pain of those that lost loved ones" every time he "opens his mouth in an effort to avoid responsibility and accountability."
Amandla Stenberg to lead the 'Star Wars' show 'The Acolyte'
May the Force be ever in your favor. Amandla Stenberg, who burst onto the scene in 2012 as Rue in The Hunger Games, has reportedly been tapped to lead the new Star Wars show The Acolyte. The Disney+ series, from Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland, has been described as a female-centric mystery-thriller exploring "shadowy secrets and emerging dark side powers" decades before the events of the Star Wars movies. No details about who Stenberg is playing have been revealed, though based on the show's title, a Sith or Sith-adjacent character would be a pretty strong guess. Since The Hunger Games, Stenberg, who is non-binary, has starred in films like The Darkest Minds, The Hate U Give, and Dear Evan Hansen. It's a great opportunity for Stenberg, so here's hoping they don't blow it with some dumb tweets like a certain other Star Wars actor we know.
Olivia Wilde says it's 'tempting to correct a false narrative' about Harry Styles relationship
Like Billie Eilish, Olivia Wilde is happier than ever. Wilde's new Vogue profile touches on her relationship with Harry Styles, who she's been dating following her split from ex-fiancé Jason Sudeikis. The profile made note of some of the press coverage questioning their 10-year age gap. Asked if she wanted to address the "furor," Wilde said, "It's obviously really tempting to correct a false narrative. But I think what you realize is that when you're really happy, it doesn't matter what strangers think about you." And Wilde is, she said, "happier than I've ever been," and "I'm healthier than I've ever been, and it's just wonderful to feel that." She also teased her upcoming film Don't Worry Darling, which stars Styles and will apparently address what Wilde described as the issue of there not being "any good sex in film anymore." Prepare yourselves, Harries.
Mark Hamill, Carla Gugino, and more cast in Mike Flanagan's Edgar Allen Poe show
Luke Skywalker is headed to the Mike Flanagan universe. Flanagan, the creator of Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and Midnight Mass, on Thursday announced the "first wave" of cast members for his latest streaming series, The Fall of the House of Usher. The cast will include Mark Hamill, Frank Langella, Mary McDonnell, and Carl Lumbly. Oh, and you better believe he found a role for Carla Gugino, who has appeared in every one of those aforementioned Netflix series and will show up here, too. Flanagan described the series as a "modern remix of some of the most iconic works" of Edgar Allan Poe, and an "epic tale of greed, horror, and tragedy." After Midnight Mass, these stars better be bracing themselves for some comically long monologues.