Miley Cyrus Says Playing Hannah Montana Felt ‘Ridiculous’

Before Miley Cyrus was known for her outrageous antics on wrecking balls, she was known as the wholesome Disney star: Hannah Montana. Like many stars before and after her, Cyrus got her start thanks to the multi-billion dollar network. That’s So Raven turned Raven-Symoné into a name that’s still relevant today. The lovable activist that is Shia LaBeouf got his start on Even Stevens and let’s not forget Demi Lovato who used to call Camp Rock home.

Disney is singlehandedly responsible for bringing many young stars on board, but how does Cyrus feel about the part that finally got her noticed?

All about ‘Hannah Montana’

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Hannah Montana debuted on March 24, 2006, and ran for four straight seasons. The show featured Cyrus as typical teen Miley Stewart. Well, at least she appeared as the run-of-the-mill youngster to the teachers and other students at school. Behind the scenes, the teen transformed herself into the infamous pop-star Hannah Montana. Of course, the only people who know her night time identity were her closest friends and family. 

Hannah Montana quickly became a fan-favorite. It was nominated for four primetime Emmys. While it never won one, the show did take home three ASCAP Awards, several Teen Choice Awards, and two Young Artists Awards. Cyrus was the recipient of a whopping 16 awards by the time the show went off the air on January 2011. 

‘Hannah Montana’ made Miley Cyrus a household name

Considering all the nods and accolades the show received, it’s no surprise that Hannah Montana made Cyrus a household name. But with the namesake came a lot of responsibility. Cyrus first auditioned for the show when she was just eleven years old. She ended up landing the titular role and went on to don her blond wig and bring Montana to life for several years.

The fame came at a price. Instead of being Miley Cyrus, the young actress became synonymous with Hannah Montana. Fans young and old only saw Cyrus as the character she depicted day in and day out. She became a role model, and anything she did that was deemed impure would rock her fans to the core. For instance, when she was 18, a video of her taking a rip from a bong went viral. To say it dashed dreams would be a significant understatement.

“One time I went backstage at Disneyland, and Peter Pan was smoking a cigarette. And I was like, ‘That’s me. That’s the kind of dreams I’m crushing.’ That’s how everyone felt with the bong video, but I’m not a Disney mascot. I’m a person.” – Miley Cyrus

Why does Miley Cyrus say playing Hannah Montana was ‘ridiculous’?

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Cyrus knew that she needed to leave Hannah Montana behind if she wanted to become her own person. While interviewing with Elle, the controversial star opened up about what it was like calling it quits on the show.

“Once I was 18 because it felt ridiculous,” Cyrus explained. “I was kind of like, I can’t put the f–king wig on again. It got weird. It just felt like… I was grown up.” – Miley Cyrus

That makes perfect sense. Losing your virginity is a right of passage into adulthood. Playing an innocent teenager who leads a double life certainly doesn’t match up with a woman who has already long left those years behind. In Cyrus’ own words, playing the beloved teen began to feel weird, and that weirdness weighed heavily on her conscience. Despite needing to drop Hannah Montana, Cyrus isn’t at all ashamed about her child star past. 

“I feel like I’m just not ashamed of that anymore,” she told reporter Molly Lambert. “It’s pretty cool when you hear Cardi B was listening to Hannah Montana when she was in high school. That sh*t makes me happy.” While we’ve seen Cyrus go from a teen pop star to wrecking ball riding rebellious twenty-something year old. Cyrus assures us we’ll catch even more transformations as she continues to develop her identity outside of the Disney character who made her famous.