She earned worldwide fame at the age of 12 after winning the 11th season of America’s Got Talent in 2016.
Four years later, Grace VanderWaal is making her acting debut in Disney+’s 2020 American jukebox musical romance film Stargirl.
Based on the novel of the same name by Jerry Spinelli (available on Amazon), the coming-of-age movie explores the tense emotions of high school teens and the thrill of first love. It was released on March 13 on the Disney Plus streaming service.
Grace VanderWaal visits Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote her movie, Stargirl, on March 11, 2020 (Credit: Instar / WENN)
On March 11, the 16-year-old singer visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote her movie. She was spotted wearing a blue collared V-neck sweater with loose-fitting black trousers outside the studio.
Grace VanderWaal in a blue sweater and loose-fitting black trousers outside the studio (Credit: Instar / WENN)
Grace looked beautiful with her signature fringed bob hairstyle and age-appropriate makeup by Crystal Liz. Highlighting her features, she wore pink lipstick with matching eyeshadow and a hint of blush.
Grace VanderWaal wears her signature fringed bob hairstyle with light pink makeup (Credit: Instar / WENN)
The young star kept her accessories simple, wearing just a pair of gold hoop earrings and black Chanel pumps. Her pumps feature patent square toes and about 4-inch block heels.
Grace VanderWaal completes her look with black Chanel pumps (Credit: Instar / WENN)
To celebrate the release of Stargirl, Grace performed her original song, Today and Tomorrow, which serves as the movie’s end-credit track. Do you think she’s more talented than Billie Eilish?
Following her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Grace had an interview with USA Today. Speaking about her song, she said: “I actually didn’t (write the song with the ukulele in mind). I was just singing in the studio and the producer pulled out a ukulele and started kind of like jamming to it and then we were just like, “That sounds really good.” The whole song just kind of happened. I wrote it while I was filming “Stargirl,” and I showed director Julia Hart and I guess she liked it. So it’s in the (end credits).”
When asked about memorizing and performing a monologue, Grace said: “That was the easiest part. I feel like I’m such a serious person. And I was just saying probably the truest emotions of my personal feelings in the movie (when my character makes a speech about appreciating the beauty of a flower growing). It read easily for me, and I feel like you can see that in the movie.”