When we talk about the TV show All American, the first name that comes to our mind is Spencer James. Even though he is the central character that connects this storyline together, there are also other important characters that had a major impact on the storyline so far and are also one of the key factors that shaped Spencer into the person he is. One of those characters is Olivia Baker. As you probably already know, some characters in this show are based on real people just as the whole show is based on real-life events. So, in this article, you can read about who is Olivia in All American and who was she based on.
Olivia Baker is Coach Baker’s daughter and Spencer James’s love interest. From the moment Spencer moved into Coach Baker’s house and transferred to Beverly Hills high school, Olivia and him had great chemistry, and as the storyline progressed they eventually fell in love. As for who she was based on, the most likely answer is that she is based on Blair Paysinger, Spencer Paysinger’s wife, as Paysinger’s life was the base for this show and there are also some similarities between Olivia and Blair.
Olivia Baker’s character had her ups and downs throughout the seasons and we really got to know her and her aspirations well. She is a kind person who is always ready to help and fights for the things she believes are right, and she also struggles with addiction. There are some similarities regarding her looks and some other things that make us speculate that she is based on Blair Paysinger and we will discuss this a little further.
The development of Olivia Baker’s character
Since the first season of the show, it was clear that Olivia will have a major role to play. We meet Olivia in the pilot episode where she helps Spencer around school and we learn that she is Coach Baker’s daughter and that she has a twin brother, Jordan. Olivia and Spencer have had great chemistry since the start, she is there to help him get used to Beverly Hills life and there are attempts to get them together. We also learn that she is a recovering addict that suffered from addiction due to the fact that she felt neglected and not truly seen by her parents.
Nevertheless, she is very kind and supportive toward others, and always ready to help her friends and those in need. Her best friend is Layla and their relationship is a turbulent one as they show interest in the same guys and some betrayals were made.
Her relationship with her parents is seemingly good, but she feels like she is always in the shadow as her parents either do not have time for her or don’t value her interests. Also, her father, Billy, is more interested in what Jordan is up to as he is the captain of the football team, and Billy is the coach. However, she gets along with her brother fine and they are very supportive of each other.
The high-school period was a turbulent one for Olivia as she had to get through various crises regarding her parents, heartbreaks, sobriety issues, and friendship fights. But she overcame all of that and developed herself into a strong young woman with clear goals that she want to be a journalist. She also finally ended up with Spencer in a serious relationship.
When she started college, she and Spencer remained together, but their relationship stumbled upon some problems as it became clear to them that their focus should be on pursuing their dreams if they want to make it. Olivia decided to become a journalist who will pursue the truth, even though it means making tough decisions that will estrange her from the people she loves most. But, she still remained kind as always. There are speculations about her character being based on Blair Paysinger, Spencer Paysinger’s wife.
Is Olivia Baker based on Blair Paysinger?
There are many similarities that collaborate this story, so let’s see for ourselves. Just like Olivia Baker, Blair went to Beverly Hills high school where she met her future husband, Spencer Paysinger. However, we do not know for fact whether she dated Spencer in high school like Olivia dated James in the show. Another similarity is that the rumor is that Blair and Paysinger had their first date in Vegas, and that is also the place where things between James and Olivia got heated in the show.
Her father is Billy Duckworth, he was a coach at Beverly Hills high school just like Olivia Baker’s dad is in the show. So, all these similarities point out that Olivia’s character was based on Blair, but many personality traits were either altered or added due to the more dramatic atmosphere of the show itself.
Olivia Baker is one of the main characters in the TV show All American. She is Spencer James’s love interest and the daughter of a high school coach Billy Baker. Olivia is smart, kind, and helpful but she also struggles with insecurities and addiction. She dreams of becoming a journalist and can be very persuasive when she is up to writing a good story. There are speculations that her character is based on Blair Paysinger, Spencer Paysinger’s wife and there are many similarities that collaborate with this claim. However, for the show’s purposes, Olivia is a made-up character whose personality is structured to bring out the dramatic touch of the storyline itself, so we would be wrong if we were to tell that Olivia is definitely based on Blair Paysinger.