Olivia Hastings Holt
is an American actress and singer. She starred in the Disney XD
series Kickin' It, Disney Channel Original Movie Girl vs. Monster,
and the Disney Channel Original Series I Didn't Do It. Her debut EP,
Olivia, was released on Hollywood Records on July 15, 2016.
Holt was born in Germantown, Tennessee, to Mark and Kim Holt. She
has two siblings. At age three, her family moved to Nesbit,
Mississippi, where she grew up after briefly living in Memphis,
Tennessee. Growing up, she took gymnastics classes for seven years.
In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles with her family.
Holt began her acting career in local theatre productions. She
started appearing in television commercials at the age of 10, for
products including Hasbro, Kidz Bop 14, Mattel, Bratz dolls,
Littlest Pet Shop, and Girl Gourmet.
Possessing skills in gymnastics, Holt was cast in Disney XD’s
martial arts comedy Kickin' It, which premiered on June 13, 2011.
She played the role of Kim in the series, as a main character in
seasons 1–3, and as a special guest on three episodes in season 4.
She starred in the 2012 Disney Channel Original Movie Girl vs.
Monster, playing the lead character Skylar Lewis, a teenager who
discovers that her family have long worked as monster hunters, and
she's next in line. She left Kickin' It as a regular after season 3
to star in the Disney Channel half-hour comedy series I Didn't Do
It, which premiered on January 17, 2014. The series follows five
friends, including Holt's character, Lindy Watson, a nerdy,
athletic, social outcast. The series ended on October 16, 2015,
after two seasons. In January 2017 Holt was cast as Tandy Bowen, one
of the lead characters, in the upcoming Freeform/Marvel Comics
television series Marvel's Cloak & Dagger.
In November 2014, Holt joined the cast of the drama Same Kind of
Different as Me, directed by Michael Carney and also starring Greg
Kinnear and Renée Zellweger, who play her character's parents in the
film. Paramount has scheduled the film for release on February 3,
2017. In November 2015, it was announced that Holt had been cast in
a lead role in the indie comedy Class Rank, directed by Eric Stoltz.
In May 2016, it was announced that she would star alongside Ross
Lynch in Status Update, directed by Scott Speer, with filming to
commence the following month in Vancouver.
Holt recorded three songs for the 2012 film Girl vs. Monster, in
which she also starred. The songs were featured on the compilation
Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist. She won a 2013 Radio Disney Music
Award for Best Crush Song for "Had Me @ Hello", which was featured
in the film. She also recorded a cover version of "Winter
Wonderland" for the 2012 Disney Channel Holiday Playlist album. Her
song "Carry On" was the theme song for the 2014 Disneynature film
In October 2014, Holt signed a record deal with Hollywood Records.
Her debut single, "Phoenix", came out on May 13, 2016. The music
video was released on June 23, 2016. Olivia, her debut EP, was
released on July 15, 2016.
In 2016, Holt went on her first tour, the Rise of a Phoenix Tour,
with Ryland Lynch, Isac Elliot and Forever in Your Mind. She and
Forever in Your Mind also performed at the 2016 TJ Martell Family
Foundation Day in Los Angeles on October 9, 2016.
In April 2017, she was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month
appearing on NBC's Today show with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford
performing her hit "History". Her single "Generous", which was
written by Fransisca Hall and MoZella, was released on September 22,
2017. The song's music video was directed by Chris Applebaum.
In 2013, Holt partnered with mobile gaming system maker PlayMG as a
spokesperson and part owner, to help the company develop new
versions of its app-based games. She was announced as a brand
ambassador for Neutrogena in March 2016.