“I'm not letting any stupid decisions get in my way. I want to be a role model, letting girls know that they can follow their dreams.” Miley Cyrus
Teen sensation Miley Cyrus, the daughter of country singer/actor Billy Ray Cyrus, was shot to stardom in 2006 when she began portraying Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana on the hit Disney Channel Original Series “Hannah Montana.”
Miley, who signed a four album deal with Disney’s Hollywood Records, released two platinum certified studio albums, "Meet Miley Cyrus" (2007), which spawned the hit singles "See You Again" and "Start All Over," and "Breakout" (2008), which yielded the smash hit song "7 Things."
“I've always loved singing and I've always loved acting and dancing. Getting this opportunity with Disney (the role of 'Hannah Montana'), I get to do it all. They let you do everything you love.” Miley Cyrus
The teen star, who debuted on television in her father's TV show "Doc" and in Tim Burton's fantasy drama feature "Big Fish" (2003), has also guest starred on "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" and "The Replacements," and had a cameo role in the TV movie "High School Musical 2" (2007). Her voice will soon be heard in the upcoming animated film "Bolt" and in two episodes of Disney Channel and ABC Kids’ animated television series "The Emperor's New School." She will also bring her successful TV show to the big screen in a movie called "Hannah Montana: The Movie," scheduled to be released on April 10, 2009, in the United States and May 15 in the United Kingdom.
Miley sparked controversy during 2008 when she and her father were criticized for failing to wear seat belts in a scene in the concert movie “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour.” It was followed by controversial private photos published by a hacker and her topless photos in the April 2008 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Miley has since released apology statements.
Miley released a “Hannah Montana” clothing collection in late summer 2007 and helped to design some of the pieces for the collection. She has also signed a deal to write a memoir scheduled to be published in spring 2009 by the Disney Book Group.
More personally, this 5' 5" blue-eyed and brown-haired star with a husky voice, who was one of Time magazine's “100 Most Influential People in The World” (2008), dated Nick Jonas of “The Jonas Brothers” and is now rumored to be dating model and aspiring singer Justin Gaston.
"I think you have to decide the kind of person that you really want to be, and for me, it's just a sweet girl." Miley Cyrus
Childhood and Family:
“Some people don't have a family to fall back on like I have, and that's when something greater than even that comes in and that's faith and that's what I have for me. That's what keeps me strong.” Miley Cyrus
Daughter of country singer/actor Billy Ray Cyrus (born on August 25, 1961) and Leticia "Tish" Cyrus (born in 1967), Destiny Hope Cyrus was born on November 23, 1992, in her parents' farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee. A happy toddler, she smiled a lot and received the nickname “Smiley” from her father, which was later shortened to “Miley.” In January 2008, she legally changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus.
“My dad and I talk all the time about the important stuff in my life. He and my mom know how much I appreciate them and our relationship is good because we spend time together. I am happy to be a part of this day to help other kids feel the same way.” Miley Cyrus
Miley has five siblings: older paternal half-brother Christopher Cody (born in 1992; Billy's son from a previous relationship), older maternal half-brother Trace (born in 1989; from Tish's previous relationship with Baxter Neal Helson), older maternal half-sister Brandi (born in 1987; from Tish's previous relationship), and younger siblings Braison Chance (born in 1994) and Noah Lindsey (born on January 8, 2000). Her godmother is country star Dolly Parton, who once appeared in an episode of “Hannah Montana.”
Miley, whose favorite school subjects are math and creative writing, attended Heritage Middle School, in Franklin, TN, and was a cheerleader. She then went to school at a place called Options For Youth, but due to the hectic schedule for her show “Hannah Montana,” she no longer goes to regular school and is tutored on set.
During her spare time, Miley enjoys dancing, cheerleading, going shopping, singing, playing the guitar, and writing music. She likes to eat Chinese food and loves to listen to the sound of the rain. She also likes to play with her pets and is currently based in Los Angeles, California, as of April 2008.
Miley, who says she wants more friends because her overprotective parents veto the girl pals she brings home, befriended her backup dancer, Mandy Jiroux, while on tour. They have a YouTube channel called “MileyMandy” that they regularly update with new videos. Their show is called "The Miley and Mandy Show."
“I'll be out with my friends and be recognized and little girls will ask me for my autograph. It is so much fun living out your dream. It (her show "Hannah Montana") totally reflects me 100%.” Miley Cyrus
Miley is also close friends with Brenda Song, Ashley Tisdale, and her idol Hilary Duff. She once dated Nicholas Jerry Jonas, a member of the rock trio “The Jonas Brothers.” She is currently rumored to be dating model and aspiring singer Justin Gaston (born on August 12, 1988).
“I probably have an earlier curfew than anyone. My mom wants to keep me really safe and my dad's not overly protective, but he's a dad no matter what.” Miley Cyrus
The Best of Both Worlds
“My dad says I could sing before I could talk, if that's possible. I was always humming and things like that.” Miley Cyrus
Growing up watching her country music superstar and actor father perform, Miley Cyrus became interested in acting at age nine when the family briefly lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After training as an extra on her father’s television projects, Miley first acted on her father's drama series “Doc” (2001-2004). She appeared in her first film, playing the part of young Ruthie, in the Tim Burton's fantasy drama feature, “Big Fish” (2003), which is loosely based on the novel "Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions" by Daniel Wallace and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, and Jessica Lange. Miley was also featured in Rhonda Vincent's music video for "If Heartaches Have Wings" and appeared on the “Colgate Country Showdown” with her father, who was hosting the program. Receiving her first guitar from her father, a Daisy Rock Guitar, in 2004, she became the company spokesperson that same year.
“It's been an insane year. I watched my dad doing this my whole life and then it was my turn to step up to the plate and follow in his footsteps. It's been my dream to sing, but I also thought it would be cool to act and get to be someone else. Having this amazing role of 'Hannah Montana,' where I get to sing and act, has been really fun.” Miley Cyrus
Three years later, Miley first portrayed the dual characters of Hannah Montana/Miley Stewart while guest-starring in a July 2006 episode of the Disney Channel Original Series starring twin brothers Cole and Dylan Sprouse, "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody." It led to her own series, “Hannah Montana,” which proved to be an instant hit since its debut on March 24, 2006, on the Disney Channel. Miley began auditioning for “Hannah Montana” when she was around 11 years old and originally tried out for the part of the best friend Lilly Truscott. But, the producers thought she would be better as the main character. Her father later joined her on the show to play her father-manager.
The success of the show was accompanied by a soundtrack album released on October 24, 2006, in which she sang the first eight songs as her character Hannah Montana. With nearly two million copies sold that year, the soundtrack was the eighth best selling album of 2006 in the U.S. It debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, where it remained for two weeks. Eight songs from the album have charted on the Billboard Hot 100, including the theme song "The Best of Both Worlds." The album was followed by the release of a Holiday Edition and a two-disc Special Edition.
“I am fully committed to 'Hannah Montana.' It's what gave me this amazing opportunity to reach out to so many people. I'm really excited about our new season. We are making great new episodes that I can't wait for our fans to see and I'm looking forward to the ‘Hannah Montana’ movie that will be out in the spring.” Miley Cyrus
Meanwhile, the show also spawned “Hannah” related DVDs, video games, and other products, including clothing, jewelry and dolls. As for Miley, who contributed a version of “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” to the fourth volume of the phenomenally popular Disney Mania CD series in April of 2006 and opened for “The Cheetah Girls” that same year, also signed a four album deal with Disney’s Hollywood Records.
On June 26, 2007, the "Hannah Montana" second soundtrack, "Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus," was released. The double album debuted in the U.S. at #1 on the Billboard 200 during its first week of release and has been certified 3× multi platinum. The single "See You Again" became Miley's first song to enter the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100. From October 18, 2007, to January 31, 2008, Miley performed both as herself and the character “Hannah Montana” on a North American “Best of Both Worlds Tour,” which has been exceedingly popular. “The Jonas Brothers” were the opening act for most of the tour.
On July 22, 2008, Miley released a studio album under her own name, the first that has no connection with the "Hannah Montana" franchise, "Breakout." It debuted #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with first week sales of about 371,000 copies and was certified Platinum on October 17, 2008. It yielded the singles "7 Things," which became her highest charting single, "See You Again (2008 Mix)," and "Fly On The Wall."
“It's a long ride to the top, but it's only a short ride down, so it makes me very nervous. I'm like, ‘Oh my gosh, am I doing enough? Do people still like my music?’ I get really stressed out over that.” Miley Cyrus
Miley also had a cameo role on Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2" (2007) and voiced Celebrity Starr in two episodes of Disney Channel’s animated series "The Replacements."
2008 saw Miley spark controversy when she and her father were criticized for failing to wear seat belts in a scene in the movie “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour.” It was followed by her private photos published by a hacker in which she flashes her bra and lies across a boy's lap. She then appeared topless in the April 2008 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. She later released a statement of apology stating, "I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed. I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about."
The photographer, Annie Leibovitz, also released a statement, "I'm sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted. The photograph is a simple, classic portrait shot with very little makeup and I think it is very beautiful."
Next, Miley will provide the voice of Penny in the upcoming computer animated film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Bolt," alongside John Travolta and Malcolm McDowell, and voice Mudka's Meat Hut Waitress in two episodes of Disney Channel and ABC Kids’ animated television series "The Emperor's New School." Miley will also bring her successful TV show to the big screen in a movie called "Hannah Montana: The Movie," which is scheduled to be released on April 10, 2009, in the United States and on May 15, 2009, in the United Kingdom.
Miley also released a “Hannah Montana” clothing collection in late summer 2007 and helped to design some of the pieces for the collection. She said, "It's not a costume. A tween girl isn't doing dress-up. They want to look like they could be Hannah Montana's friend. This is a fashion line."
She has also signed a deal to write a memoir scheduled to be published in spring 2009 by the Disney Book Group.
“I am so excited to let fans in on how important my relationship with my family is to me. I hope to motivate mothers and daughters to build lifetimes of memories together and inspire kids around the world to live their dreams.” Miley Cyrus (about her upcoming memoir)
Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress, "Hannah Montana," 2008
Teen Choice: Choice TV Actress: Comedy, "Hannah Montana," 2008
Gracie Allen: Outstanding Female Lead - Comedy Series (Children/Adolescent), "Hannah Montana," 2008
Kids' Choice: Blimp Award - Favorite Television Actress, "Hannah Montana," 2008
Kids' Choice: Blimp Award - Favorite Television Actress, "Hannah Montana," 2007
Teen Choice: Choice TV Actress: Comedy, "Hannah Montana," 2007