Billie Eilish’s ‘When I was Older’ was inspired by the award-winning Netlix original ‘Roma’ written and directed by award-winning Mexican Film Director Alfonso Cuarón. Set in the 1970s, Roma explores the life of a domestic worker in Mexico facing difficulties in her personal life while focusing on her professional occupation as well.
Eilish wrote the musical piece with her brother Finneas O’Connell. The quiet, melancholic vibe of the song is meant to mimic the tone of the movie. According to Billboard, the siblings said in a statement, “When we were composing the song, we wanted to write from within the narrative of the movie and the scenes that struck us the most from it.”