The singer and actress opened up about her Disney Channel beginnings, more precisely her role as Hannah Montana, detailing how that show ended up shaping her life and identity but also the lives and identities of so many young people out there!
As you might know, the star was only 13 years old when she was first cast in the iconic double life series and that was what ultimately catapulted her to fame.
However, at the same time, she needed to make an identity for herself since she felt like Hannah was eclipsing her with her massive fame.
During an interview for Rolling Stone, Cyrus admitted that ‘I had to evolve because Hannah [Montana] was larger than life, larger than me. I just felt like I was never going to even amount to the success of Hannah Montana. That is how Lil Nas X actually knew of my dad [Billy Ray Cyrus]. He grew up watching Hannah Montana and he said, ‘I want to do a song with Robby Ray.”
She went on to say ‘That’s literally what happened. Being a queer kid’s idol that might turn out to be a Lil Nas X and create an identity for themselves off being inspired by watching me growing up. Or I hear artists such as Troye Sivan say that he felt more comfortable with his sexuality when I released ‘My Heart Beats for Love.’ When my peers are having such experiences and accepting themselves because of something I demonstrated while they were a kid, that is when I go, ‘S**t, I f***ing am Hannah Montana.”
Miley also mentioned that she related a lot to her character in the show since it was pretty much based on her life most of the time.
She told the news outlet, however, that she still struggled to come to terms with the show’s concept being herself.