VanderVault: The Grace VanderWaal Digital Archive
Grace VanderWaal Is Doing Great
Nylon Magazine
by Lauren McCarthy | Mar 4, 2021

Days away from the song’s release, she’s aware that the new music direction may be a bit of a shock to her fans; she got firsthand experience when she posted a picture of her new look, shaved head and all, on TikTok. Immediately, her comments were flooded with people asking, essentially, “Is Grace OK???” “I am very smart and I usually know what things are going to make people talk or grasp attention, but that I didn’t expect in the slightest,” she says. “I realized the world is so much more sexist than I thought. People jump to mad conclusions for a woman having short hair, like ‘[she’s having a] mental breakdown or on drugs.’ What does that say about us?” While she was taken aback by the response, she wasn’t mad. If anything, it just lit the fire that much more. “It exhilarated me,” she says. “Lately, I don’t know what’s going on in my brain or what happened to me, but all of a sudden, I like to make people uncomfortable, and I want people to ask themselves why they’re uncomfortable with whatever I’m doing.

Grace VanderWaal’s new song “Don’t Assume What You Don’t Know”
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‘Stargirl’ Sequel in the Works With Grace VanderWaal at Disney+
by Borys Kit | Feb 22, 2021

Disney+ is returning to the musical world of Stargirl, its YA romantic drama that premiered on the platform almost a year ago.

The streamer is bringing back much of the creative team behind the original movie, including star Grace VanderWaal and director Julia Hart, who will this time be joined by actor Elijah Richardson as well as composer-musician Michael Penn, the latter who will write and perform original music for the film.

Grace VanderWaal to Return for “Stargirl” Sequel on Disney+
Laughing Place
by Laughing Place Disney Newsdesk | Dec 22, 2021

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney+ has ordered the first sequel from one of their original films, a follow-up to Stargirl, which premiered almost a year ago on March 13th, 2020.

Grace VanderWaal will return as Stargirl Caraway in a story that follows her character out of Micah, Arizona, following the events of the first film.

VanderWaal will write new songs for the sequel along with composer-musician Michael Penn.

America’s Got Talent Winner Grace Vanderwaal Looks Completely Different Now
The List
by Nicole Width | Dec 18, 2020

While the video of her actually shaving her head is lighthearted — she had a friend [Note: it was actually her sister] do it for her using what they didn’t realize was actually a dog grooming — another follow up post revealed a more serious message. As Talent Recap reported, Vanderwaal’s deleted post had this simple message, “I can’t explain it but I’ve been filled with hope and motivation to get better and heal my past. I’m so excited for the future for all of us. Every day is a gift of potential progression and new beginnings.”

‘AGT’ Winner Grace VanderWaal: Where is She Now?
by Beth Heyn | Aug 4, 2020

“I learned so much while making this movie, and I’m ready to apply it and see if I can be good,” she told USA Today. “You can’t really do anything to the best of your ability on the first try or even the second try, but I do want to see. I like to be good at things… There’s this one role that I really, really want, but I don’t want to talk about it because there’s literally like a 30 percent chance that I’ll actually get it.”

Why Social Distancing Is Inspiring Bold, Bright At-Home Dye Jobs
by Lauren Valenti | April 18, 2020

(…) But it wasn’t a stick of Bubblemint that served as inspiration, insists VanderWaal; it was a photograph of pink-haired model Fernanda Ly that she mused on while cocktailing hot pink Splat dye with heaps of conditioner and saturated her strands with help from her sister.

The Top 10 Disney+ Films of 2020
by Drew Taylor | Dec 5, 2020

The bedrock of Stargirl is fairly straightforward, but co-writer/director Julia Hart handily avoids turning Stargirl into a manic pixie dream girl (high school edition) and embroiders the visuals with warm colors and fuzzy textures. And that is to say nothing of the elaborate musical sequences that are utter showstoppers that somehow also remain earthly and relatable (VanderWaal does a killer version of underrated Beach Boys gem “Be True to Your School”).

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