Ready and willing to hit the books again. Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli is desperate to get back to her classes at the University of Southern California despite the actress and her husband’s alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal, Us Weekly reports.
“Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC,” an insider dished to the magazine. “She didn’t get officially kicked out, and she is begging the school to let her back in.”
But it’s not going to be that easy for the 19-year-old social media influencer, whose academic status — as well as sister Isabella’s — was put on hold in the wake of the scam.
“She knows they won’t let her in, so she’s hoping this info gets out,” a second source snitched to Us. “She wants to come out looking like she’s changed, learned life lessons, and is growing as a person. So she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education.”
Prior to the scandal, Olivia Jade had shown little interest in her education. In a since-deleted YouTube video, the social media star — who has millions of followers — made it clear how she felt about going to college when she started school in the fall of 2018.
“I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend, but I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try to balance it all. … But I do want the experience of, like, game days, partying. I don’t really care about school, as you guys know.”
Loughlin, 54, and designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, have been accused of paying $500,000 to a fake charity to guarantee that Olivia Jade and Isabella would be admitted to USC. The Fuller House actress and the 55-year-old designer are facing charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, so the actress and her husband could be behind bars for 40 years if found guilty.
Since the scandal broke, Loughlin has lost her role on Full House reboot Fuller House, while Hallmark has also dropped her. Sephora and TRESemme are no longer working with Olivia Jade.
Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was the other high-profile parent charged in the college admissions scheme. The 56-year-old actress, who made a public apology for her part in the admissions scandal, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud on May 13. Prosecutors recommended a four-month prison sentence. Her sentencing hearing is set for September 13.
Loughlin and Giannulli have pleaded not guilty. Their trial date has not yet been scheduled.