For the past four years, Miley Cyrus has played Hannah Montana, a teenager balancing her down-home persona with global superstardom. So its easy to see her as an untouchable Hollywood starlet, a singer who bounces around Los Angeles with BFF Demi Lovato and gets paparazzied doing everything from walking her new puppy to kissing her costar in the middle of Paris while shes in town for our shoot.
But 2010 is different. The seventeen-year-old has decided to leave Hannah behind, put her music career on pause, and shed her goofy notoriety for a more grown-up vibe. Take, for example, her role in this months weeper The Last Song, written by Nicholas Sparks of The Notebook and Dear John fame. Starring alongside gorgeous Australian newcomer Liam Hemsworth, Miley plays Ronnie Miller, a girl who starts going down the wrong path, she says. Its the story of how she finds her way to being happier and a better person through faith, love, and friendship. She and Liam may be a mismatched couple on-screen, but as they cozy up on the couch in Mileys hotel suite to talk to Teen Vogue about their new film, the duo looks perfectly in sync.
TEEN VOGUE: Miley, before you went to Georgia to film The Last Song, you had just gotten out of a relationship. How did you change over the next few months?
MILEY CYRUS: In L.A., I had so many security blankets, people helping me with everything. I tried to book my friend a flight, and I didnt know how because I was used to someone doing it for me. I didnt want a babysitter anymore. I came to Tybee Island crying harder than I had ever cried in my life—and I left with the biggest smile on my face.
Read the full interview here.