18. But she’s been playing music since she was knee-high
VanderWaal wasted no time in pursuing her love of music, showing an interest at three years old, and beginning to put it into action at four. Luckily, her family spotted the clear talent she possessed so young, and swiftly signed her up for piano and saxophone classes. It is incredible to think that she has been playing musical instruments from such a tender age.
17. She owns a pet hedgehog
VanderWaal is a huge animal lover — not only does she own cats and dogs, but she also has a hedgehog. The AGT winner often talks about the spiky little fellow on Twitter, claiming the pet is the one thing she would take with her should her house catch fire. Oh, and it’s called MooMoo.
16. She’s with the bland
One thing that’s good to see is that Vanderwaal isn’t displaying any diva-esque signs — so far. She’s still the same person today, as she was before her AGT success. She makes no bones about her normal lifestyle, telling People magazine in 2016: “Whenever people ask me this, I kind of realize how bland I am! I like to read. I like to hang out with my sister. I like to ride my bike a lot.”