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THE MOVIE: Hannah Montana: The Movie

THE STARS:
Miley Cyrus • Billy Ray Cyrus • Emily Osment • Jason Earles • Lucas Till
DIRECTOR: Peter Chelsom

Miley Cyrus and friends THE CONCEPT:
Miley Stewart (Mile Cyrus) is struggling to juggle school, friends and her secret pop-star persona Hannah Montana. When her stardom threatens to take over her entire life, her father Robby Ray Stewart (Billy Ray Cyrus) takes the teen, against her will, home to Tennessee for a dose of reality.

U.S. RELEASE: April 10 2009, Nationwide • Rated: G

THE COMMENTS:

PETER CHELSOM:
Peter Chelsom and Miley Cyrus“This film reminded me of the Disney films of the ‘60s that felt like real five-course meals the whole family could go and enjoy. Disney let me make the film I wanted. Now a film about Hannah Montana is going to have certain elements – shopping, partying, music – but we really worked hard to incorporate a lot of substance in it, to make it genuinely a family movie with range, with a richness and beauty that reminds people of those classic Disney family films.”

MILEY CYRUS:
Miley Cyrus“The ‘Hannah’ life really starts affecting Miley Stewart and starts making her the person that she was always so against. The reason she had this double life was so that she could not become that person, not be obsess with material things and be so obsessed with Hollywood, and not remember who she is.”

BILLY RAY CYRUS:
Billy Ray Cyrus“As the film starts in Los Angeles, the pressure is building on Miley with the demands of being Hannah Montana. She’s kind of lost herself, the little girl from Tennessee. Robby Ray decides the best medicine would be to go home.”

EMILY OSMENT (Lilly):
Emily Osment“When we made the movie we went back to Franklin which is Miley’s hometown, and I got to see her farm and go see where she grew up, and the movie is parallel to that. It’s about her going back home and regaining her roots.”

JASON EARLES (Jackson):
Jason Earles“I think Miley is very similar to her character. At least my relationship with her is very similar in real life to the show. I sort of look at her like an annoying little sister sometimes, but the truth about Miley is that she really doesn’t have a filter. What she says is what she actually means, there’s not a lot of pretense there. So you always know where you stand with her, and there’s something very charming about being that honest with people.”

BILLY RAY CYRUS:
“Both Miley and I love what we do, she loves acting, she loves singing, she loves writing songs, and I think Miley must just stay real and remember who she is, where she comes from and what she’s all about, and that’s part of the magic of this film. My dad told me when I was a little boy to always be looking forward to the future and know where you want to go, but most importantly never forget where you come from, and that’s the theme of this movie, getting back to your roots and remembering who you are and why you’re here.”

LUCAS TILL (Travis – Miley’s love interest):
Miley Cyrus and Lucas Till“A year ago the last thing I thought I’d be doing was a Hannah Montana movie. It’s a lot different than what I would normally go for, which is something a little more edgy. But this is definitely a good movie to be a part of for my family to watch.”

MILEY CYRUS on being a role model for kids:
“I’m okay with being a role model, but not an idol. Because an idol for me is someone that you want to replicate, you want to be them. I don’t wish that on anyone, to lose what they have personally, because that’s when your spark is lost. What I think people like about me, and why they relate to me is because I don’t try to change and I haven’t let what I do for a living become my life and completely affect me. I’m going to make mistakes and I would not trade that for anything because I always say that the minute you stop making mistakes is the minute you stop learning.”

EARLES:
“I also think that it’s unfair to expect a 16-year-old to raise your kids. While she does occasionally make mistakes, that’s a good opportunity for parents to educate their kids about maybe different decisions they could make. So while you can look up to her, and there are things that are very aspirational about her, anybody that thinks that she should be a shining example for their kids one hundred percent of the time, you’re misleading yourself as a parent.”

TILL:
“I remember when I first found out I was going to LA to screen test for the role, and I was nervous and couldn’t eat for a freaking week beforehand. I was expecting Miley to have an attitude, and she walked in and was just a normal girl.”

MILEY CYRUS:
“I was on my best behavior. I was doing all my commenting by texting my mom, and I believe one of the things I said was, ‘He’s hot. We should pick him.’ So Lucas was an okay looking guy and we thought maybe with some hair and make up and what CGI could do, it would work out.” [She laughs]

CHELSOM:
“There’s a scary statistic – if you ask seven-year-olds what they want to be when they grow up, 70% say, ‘a celebrity.’ If something comes out of this film [I hope it’s], ‘life’s a climb but the view is great,’ in other words, it’s all about the work; then the film’s done its job.”

Lucas Till

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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