Sabrina Carpenter Opens Up About Shedding Her Disney Roots, Taking On Dramatic Roles And Coping With Anxiety

Sabrina Carpenter is casting off her Disney Channel past.

The 19-year-old singer and former “Girl Meets World” actress is on the cover of Seventeen’s August/September issue and opens up about moving on from her Disney roots, taking on more dramatic roles and becoming a pop star.

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Photo: Ben Watts/Seventeen
Photo: Ben Watts/Seventeen

Carpenter is about to star in a less-than-likeable role in the upcoming film “The Hate U Give” inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

“When I got the audition, I was like, ‘There’s only one character I can play.’ It’s Hailey, the ignorant white girl,” Carpenter reveals. “That was really scary. I was like, ‘Okay, I hope people separate me from the character.’ It’s a touchy subject, and you don’t want to get it wrong.”

The “Why” singer also talks about her upcoming third album, “Singular”, in which she goes deeper and more intimate in her lyrics.

“When I turned 18, [music execs] would say things like, ‘People will take you seriously a lot quicker if you just get out there with the mature content.’” Carpenter says. “But I felt that I shouldn’t write about that stuff just because I’m 18; I need to do it if I’m actually going through it—and I was never that kid who was doing the [more mature] personal life stuff. I love love, I love getting in depth about it, and I experience all the normal 19-year-old feelings, but I wanted to be cautious.”

Carpenter spends a fair amount of time on social media, but she doesn’t let the pressure of fame get to her when she’s online.

“I look at social media as a way to be a teenager with my friends—to see what my friends are up to and to see their comments,” she adds. “Everyone is going to have an opinion of you all the time, but at the end of the day, I try not to take it too seriously. Until you’re face-to-face with me, it’s not really real.”

Photo: Ben Watts/Seventeen
Photo: Ben Watts/Seventeen

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As for dealing with anxiety, Carpenter opens up about how she had been coping in recent years.

“It’s probably my biggest struggle, and something I don’t really talk about… It’s scary when you don’t know how to describe what you’re feeling,” the teen star admits. “Your head is running quicker than your mouth, and you think, I’ve never seen myself like this before. It could be stress…it could be teenage hormones. But when it becomes more serious, you have to take care of yourself. So I did. I got to that point in the past two years. And I’m working through it.

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