She defends Hilary’s decision not to focus on releasing music.

Olivia Holt is one in a million.

This marks the first time BreatheHeavy has featured Olivia Holt on the blog, and that’s a real shame. The 19-year-old singer/actress first made it big as a Disney star on two series for the network, but she’s since turned her focus to music. Last July, Holt released a five-track EP titled Olivia, which featured the breakout hits “Phoenix” and the Bebe Rexha-penned tune “History.”

Holt dropped by the Zach Sang show to chat about about the meaning behind the latter, her big move to L.A., experimenting with her sound on Olivia and fangirling over Hilary Duff.

“If Hilary Duff walked in to my school or if I saw her at the market or whatever, I would LOSE it,” Holt said. They were discussing the jubilant fan reaction she sees and compared it to the Lizzie McGuire star. “I would be like, ‘oh my god I love you.’ I probably wouldn’t say anything, and I would be shaking, and if she said hi to me that would be it. I would die with pure happiness.”

Interestingly, Holt also touched on Duff’s decision to halt on recording new music / promoting her most-recent.

“I think that she really is honest with what she likes to do and who she wants to be,” Holt said. “She wants to be a mom and I love that about her. I love that she makes that so clear and has this clear vision for herself as an actress and as a musician. I mean, I think something recently came out where she was just like, ‘music isn’t as big of a dream as it was for me when I was 16 or 17-years-old,’ and I love that she can be so honest about that. I think that’s what makes her who she is. I hope one day – that inspires me to be honest with people and let them know that things just change. People really do change their mind and that’s okay. I think that’s so important for me to always remember that I don’t always have to say yes or no to people because of what they want to hear. It’s always my opinion and I should feel fearless to able to just speak my mind.”

Just this week in an interview with Redbook, Duff defended her stance. “I always feel torn or guilty about something. I’m not working right now, and at first I stressed about that, like, ‘Oh, I shouldn’t stay still this long.’ And that’s ridiculous. I have a child; it’s totally fine to not be slammed all the time,” she says. “It feels really good to not be on someone else’s schedule — besides Luca’s. I’m basically his chauffeur!”

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