The beauty spills the tea on her new music and movie
Sabrina Carpenter is at the top of her game. She released her third album, Singular: Act 1
(with the second act coming soon!) and she has two films out in 2019. The singer, songwriter and actress is juggling multiple projects and 15 million Insta followers. NBD. While she was in Australia, GF was lucky enough to chat to her about music, dating and anxiety.
Your last record came out two years ago. How has the songwriting process changed as you’ve got older?
Dramatically. I just realised that there was no formula and no one way to write a song. I realised that you didn’t have to follow a certain structure. It’s been a learning process. But with my songwriting process, sometimes it’s short, sometimes it’s long.
What was your favourite part of making Singular?
The people I got to work with. I got to work with some incredible new people that I didn’t get to work with on my last album and they all taught me so much. I felt more a part of the songwriter community than ever before. When I started writing this album I was 17 and now I’m 19, so I think at that age people can definitely look down on you. But the people I worked with never did that. They were always very encouraging and listened to what I had to say. Going through puberty on Girl Meets World must have been hard...
It sucks. It’s the worst! All I know is that in season one my hair looked like Dolly Parton for the majority of it, so I just don’t really look back. For me, those are like my embarrassing school photos!
What made you sign on for the movie adaptation of The Hate U Give?
There was a part of me that was like, “Well, I don’t like the role that I’m playing, but I love the story that I get to be a part of telling.” It was an important character that had to be played in order for people to be able to understand the story. I think that people will unfortunately see themselves in my character and it’s a bit of a wake-up call. I had a hard time saying things that my character had to say and doing things that she had to do and finding that place where she was coming from because I almost couldn’t, but everyone involved had
100 per cent of their heart in telling this story the right way.
You’ve also got a film called The Short History Of The Long Road
coming in 2019. What drew you to this script?
This is the first movie I’ve ever done where I really transform myself. Basically, it’s about this young girl who grows up in a van with her dad and then something happens and she’s forced to be on her own, and it was just an emotional roller-coaster. I got to be very organic in my outside appearance. It was a very different character for me to play.
How do you juggle the demands of your acting and singing careers?
There’s a time and a place for everything. I think it’s about picking and choosing. It is hard because I’m one of those people who wants to do everything. I love seeing how much I can juggle. But I also love to put
100 per cent into what I do, so it’s about picking things that I feel the most attached to, and things that I know I’m gonna have fun with and hopefully can bring something to the world.
You’ve mentioned that anxiety is something you’ve dealt with. Do you think social media plays a part in that?
Yeah, absolutely. It’s so interesting to see how people handle that on social media. Chrissy Teigen handles everything with a sense of humour and calls out people before they call her out. It’s so
“I had a hard time saying things my character had to say.”
interesting how the world has changed and it means that we’re harder on each other. When the world is changing so quickly and you’re trying to catch up, it can feel very stressful and then it all kind of builds up that momentum and that’s what they call anxiety, I think. Because you don’t really know how to describe it, it’s just too much.
Can we expect an Australian tour of the new album?
Absolutely! I’ve never done a proper show here so that’s the goal for 2019. I have so many incredible, sweet fans here and I love Australia so much.
This is your third time in Australia. Do you have a favourite place?
Wherever the Tim Tams are!
As a young woman with a large following, do you ever feel pressure to act a certain way?
No. I think sometimes you question like, “Oh, should I post this?” and then you go, “Wait, who am I looking to seek for approval?” If my mum approves of a photo, then I’m fine. And also, I think of it as if I didn’t have the following and I was just posting for my friends – I should post how I would want to post.
How do you find dating when you’re always on the move?
That’s an easy answer. I just don’t navigate it. I think it has to find you wherever you are in the world and so that’s probably why it hasn’t found me yet. Because I just don’t stop and I don’t get off planes. But I always think it’ll be the right place, right time sort of thing.