Sabrina Carpenter is On The Brink of Superstardom

Sabrina Carpenter is On The Brink of Superstardom

The pop mega-starlet stars in a YA adaptation unlike any that's come before and reaches new heights on her new album 'Singular Act I'.

The pop mega-starlet stars in a YA adaptation unlike any that's come before and reaches new heights on her new album 'Singular Act I'.

Photography: Sharif Hamza

Styling: Lorenzo Posocco

Text: Maxwell Williams

This interview appears in the pages of V116, our Winter 2018 issue, on newsstands now! Order your copy of V116 at shop.vmagazine.com today.

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“I’m jetlagged,” says Sabrina Carpenter with an effervescence that belies her alleged grogginess. It’s a September morning and Carpenter has been bouncing around the Philippines, South Korea, and Australia doing shows and press, before heading to the Toronto International Film Festival to rep The Hate U Give, in which Carpenter plays a misguided classmate of Amandla Stenberg’s protagonist Starr, a black student who code-switches at her mostly white school, but then witnesses police shoot her childhood friend in her mostly black neighborhood.

“Hailey is a good representation of someone who is ignorant because they’re privileged,” the 19-year-old Pennsylvania native says of the role. “It’s a really interesting story, because I don’t think that those conversations, if they’re being had, [are] being had in media between two young people. I think my character’s struggles to even understand her privilege make Starr’s voice grow even more.”

It’s going to be a big change for Carpenter’s fans who are used to seeing her in the role of the confident Maya Hart on the wholesome Disney Channel show Girl Meets World—a role she parlayed into a successful singing career.

“It was a departure for me to leave a show where I’m playing a character that I think was likeable, to go into a movie role that wasn’t so likeable,” she says. A longtime fan of the Angie Thomas best-seller, which was inspired by the killings of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Oscar Grant, Carpenter says she lobbied for the role of Haley. “At first, I was hesitant, but I love this story more than anything, so it didn’t matter, as long as I was contributing to a story I believed in.”

With two successful pop albums and a hard-hitting social commentary under her belt, Carpenter’s career has matured faster than many of her Disney-bred predecessors’. Next she’ll star in the indie road trip movie The Short History of the Long Road as a grieving teen, and this winter her third album, Singular Act I, will pair adult themes with pop-produced bangers.

“My goal was for [audiences] to hear a different side of me,” says Carpenter of the album. “A side of me that wasn’t holding back; a side that was willing to experiment."

Sabrina Carpenter's new album 'Singular Act I' releases today on all streaming platforms!

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