The Musical Movie Moment Miley Cyrus Called ‘Worlds Colliding’: ‘I Actually Lost My Mind’

As a celebrity, Miley Cyrus is better known for her music than her acting, despite beginning her career on TV. And while she’s been in a few films, she’s mostly left that part of show business behind. However, there is one movie scene Cyrus watched growing up that influenced her as an artist. Read on to learn more about those who inspired her.

Miley Cyrus grew up on the Disney Channel

Miley Cyrus attends a VIP screening of 'Hannah Montana' on April 9, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Miley Cyrus attends a VIP screening of ‘Hannah Montana’ on April 9, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. | Tom Burns/Getty Images

Cyrus became famous for playing the leading role in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana. She exited the network in 2011 but has continued to act occasionally, starring in films such as The Last Song and shows like Black Mirror. And she’s left the squeaky clean pop-country image she cultivated with Disney behind.

These days, Cyrus is still considered a pop star. But she’s also explored other genres of music, from R&B to rock. Aside from her last album, Malibu, which was something of a return to form, Cyrus has always tried new, bold things with her art. Her long-awaited seventh album, supposedly titled She Is Miley Cyrus, is thought to have a rock edge.

Another Disney actor influenced Cyrus

While it seemed as though Cyrus wants nothing to do with Disney these days, she stayed in touch with those she befriended, like Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. And the reason she ended up at the family-friendly network is that she admired a Disney star who paved the way for her: Lizzie Maguire’s Hilary Duff.

On Cyrus’ Bright Minded Instagram show in March 2020, she gushed to Duff about her influence, calling her “queen of the universe, apple of my eye, the ruler of my heart,” and “the reason I wanted to do any of this.” Duff responded in kind, calling Cyrus “a bright light” and “an inspiration.”

She admires a ‘hodgepodge’ of other artists

Duff is one of the many musicians who made Cyrus’ wall growing up. She told Variety in a June 2020 interview that when it came to posters, “I had the most weird hodgepodge of Britney Spears, ‘N Sync, Metallica and Hilary [Duff.] I had Joan Jett and Pat Benatar.” Given the mix of pop and rock, Spears’ choice to bridge genres was notable to Cyrus.

“You should’ve seen my face when Britney covered ‘I Love Rock’ n’ Roll’ in Crossroads,” she said, referring to Spears’ 2002 film. “I melted down. That scene was the father, the son and the Holy Spirit all in one room. I actually lost my mind. That was worlds colliding beyond what I could have ever dreamed of.”

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Cyrus has undoubtedly made her love for Spears known in the past. They are both clients of Maverick Management and even collaborated once. “We did a song on Bangerz called ‘SMS (Bangerz),’ and it was one of the best experiences ever,” Cyrus told 103.5 KTU in 2018, calling herself Spears’ “biggest fan.”

And this isn’t a one-way friendship. While Cyrus sends Spears balloons for her birthday, Spears has named Cyrus her “woman crush Wednesday.” In general, they have a good rapport on social media, which may translate to them being friends offline. Now we can only hope we get another collaboration soon.