Before The Voice and “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus got her big break playing Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana where she lived “the best of both worlds” between a normal teenager and a famous pop star.
More than a decade later, the 24-year-old singer reflected on her time as a child actress with mixed feelings in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning. Cyrus says:
“I liked being in the Disney universe because I didn’t know anything else. I knew that I was getting to live what I wanted to do. I got to do two things that I loved. I got to act at that time and I got to be funny and I got to wear a wig and that was awesome and I got to wear a lot of sparkly things, so that was cool.”
While Cyrus said she was grateful for her Disney days, she also feels apprehension about the pressure she had to face at such a young age.
“I think now that I’m older, now I realize that’s a lot to put on a kid,” Cyrus added. “It’s a lot to put on a kid to have them have to go get their makeup done and also balance school and also have me dress up in a wig as a kid is a little weird—it’s a little Toddlers & Tiaras.”
Toddlers & Tiaras was a TLC reality show where young girls competed in a beauty pageant that caused a lot of controversy for the outfits the girls had to wear.
Cyrus says overall she loved playing Hannah and feels that the message the show brought to young girls was a meaningful one.
“I think why people loved Hannah Montana was because Hannah Montana did feel real and that’s because I was under there and people forgot that sometimes.” Cyrus continued. “I loved being that character and so, that’s what made people love her and honestly music is everything and all people want to have is great music. For that audience, for what that was, that was great music for kids to listen to. There’s a song called “Life’s What You Make It” so let’s make it rock—never forget that. Wise words—that’s a good thing to tell kids.”