• Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

What Olivia Rodrigo's Rising Fame Means for Her Future on HSM:TM:TS

·2 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

We couldn't be happier for Olivia Rodrigo and her growing music career. But does that mean she's soarin', flyin' away from the show that gave her a big break?

In an exclusive interview with E! News, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series creator Tim Federle weighed in on Olivia's superstardom and teased what it means for season four of the series.

"I go one season at a time these days," Tim said of HSM:TM:TS' future. "Disney picked up season four faster than I think they've picked up anything. We hadn't even aired season three."

In regards to Olivia, who is the current reigning Best New Artist recipient for the Grammys, her character Nini Salazar-Roberts will appear in the upcoming season three, but in a limited capacity.

But will she return for season four? Tim simply told E! News, "I haven't quite gotten to that conversation yet. Anyone with an Internet connection knows that Olivia has had a really big year and she deserves it. I have a feeling, if I were her, I'd want to explore the opportunities in this music industry that has embraced her in such a big way."

Because of this, Tim noted that HSM:TM:TS is interested in "telling new stories with our OG Wildcats." Nonetheless, he isn't ruling out Olivia's future participation, adding, "But I never say never."

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: Season 3 Photos

The next installment, which premieres July 27 on Disney+, takes the Wildcats out of East High School and follows them as they put on Frozen the Musical at Camp Shallow Lake.

In fact, it's a different couple stepping into the spotlight in the premiere episode, as Gina Porter (Sofia Wylie) and E.J. Caswell (Matt Cornett)—dubbed "Portwell" by fans—are now officially a couple. But will they survive the drama of a musical theater summer camp?

"Is anything meant to last in high school except for our metabolisms?" Tim quipped. "I think Portwell is a really, really, really good couple."

 Olivia Rodrigo, Tim Federle
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

However, fans of the newly minted couple shouldn't get too excited, since Tim said he can see a case for getting Gina together with Ricky Bowen (Joshua Bassett). He noted, "I'm just sitting back and seeing where these characters take all of us."

New episodes of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series arrive Wednesdays on Disney+.

Behind the scenes drama? What do I watch next? Click here to get all the TV scoop straight in your inbox.