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Miley Cyrus   ('Hannah Montana: The Movie') Miley Cyrus ('Hannah Montana: The Movie')

'Lights, Camera, Action!'

'Hannah Montana: The Movie' is a 2009 American musical film adaptation of American teen sitcom Hannah Montana. The film was directed by Peter Chelsom with screenplay penned by Daniel Berendsen.

The film stars Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles and Billy Ray Cyrus. The twisted tale tells of how Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana's popularity begins to take over her life. On the urging of her father, Miley takes a trip to her hometown of Crowley Corners, Tennessee to get some perspective on what matters the most in her life.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with star Miley Cyrus about the new movie, the lowdown on the kissing scenes, the message of the movie, and all the latest gossip surrounding the fact that it might be 'Hannah's last hurrah!

First things first Ö thereís a rumor going around that you didnít want a Hannah Montana movie. Is that true? "It is true! At first, I was a little concerned because I wanted to know how the show would work in a movie format. We wanted to make a movie that was more realistic than the show, along with some comedy and romance. I think we did a good job of doing that, but it was a little scary at the start."

Why was it scary? "Well, this is my first feature film where Iím the lead. I know thereís a first time for everything, but I want my first time in everything to be close to perfect! Itís not like any other movie because thereís a whole back-story in the television show that everyone knows about and we had to be true to that."

Did you have fun filming the movie? "I was scared out of my mind for half of the movie! Making a film is like learning the ropes all over again. Our television show can be a little unrealistic because itís supposed to be crazy and fun Ė just like a normal kid sitcom. But a movie is different. It has to be more realistic."

What happens in the movieís story? "Well, itís about how Hannah and Miley have melted together. Hannah was just this alter ego, but Miley was the normal girl underneath the wig. Itís become a bit of a mess because the alter ego is ruining Mileyís life Ė so she is sent back to Tennessee to learn about where she came from and who she really is."

Does she change during the film? "Miley is growing up in the movie. Sheís going through hard times and sheís trying to find herself Ė and I think thatís a beautiful part of the movie. Itís cool to see her change."

Is the movie a farewell to Hannah Montana? "No way! Weíre not saying goodbye to Hannah just yet. Weíre already working on a third season of the TV show and weíre in talks for a fourth season. I really hope we do Season Four!"

Did you bring any ideas to the movie? "Iím really interested in films, so I was eager to help out. I talked about how a normal Tennessee girl should look and act. I didnít want to see an exaggerated version of a cowgirl in a cowboy hat and boots. I had ideas on keeping it real Ė and thatís what we did in the movie."

Would you like to see the romance in the movie cross over to the TV show? "Weíve tried to keep the movie pretty separate from the television show. I donít think weíll bring any of the new characters from the movie into the show really. I think it would be better to keep them apart."

Why? "For starters, Hannahís love interest in the movie is called Travis and he is a very mellow guy Ė but that wouldnít work so well on a sit-com thatís filmed in front of a live studio audience. Hannahís love interests need to be louder and more outgoing. And anyway, I think itís good to keep it separate because itíll feel like a never-ending movie otherwise!"

Lucas Till Ė the guy who plays Travis in the movie Ė says youíre a very good kisser! "He said that? What a freak! Iím going to text him and tell him heís weird."

Was he a good kisser? "He was OK. I think Lucas is adorable and all of the girls love him on screen. Heís a great guy, but the kiss was just a screen kiss."

Was the kissing scene embarrassing to film? "No, itís not embarrassing. Kissing is something that everybody does! Hannah Montana is a funny comedy, but the kiss matures the movie a little bit. Itís something that people arenít expecting, which is good."

Whatís the message behind the movie? "The story shows how you need to be able to take the time to realize who you are and where youíve come from. I know I have to do that in my life sometimes. It felt great to return home to Nashville to shoot the movie and be comfortable with who I am. Where youíre from reflects a lot of who you are and who youíll become as you get older."

Did you learn anything while making the movie? "I did! I learned that itís super important to stay true to yourself and your family. Iíve also learned that Iíve got a lot to learn about life, but thatís just part of growing up."

Are you proud of the songs in the new film, Miley? "Of course I am! All of the new songs really suit the movie. In fact, I think theyíre some of the best songs Iíve ever recorded. The music really lifts the film and I love them to bits."

Whatís your favorite song from the film? "I really like The Climb because itís about becoming a better person. Thatís what Miley Stewart and Hannah Montana are both working towards in the movie, so it has a special place in my heart."

Tell us more! "Well, itís about enjoying every moment in your life. I donít know whatís waiting for me around the corner and I donít know what else Iím going to be doing in the future Ė but youíve got to enjoy things while youíre doing them. There are tough times and mountains to climb, but youíve got to go for it."

Do you think thereís always going to be another mountain to climb? "Yes. I think there are always going to be things that youíre going to want to do. In the song, it doesnít only mean a new dream or a new goal, but it means youíre going to stumble and youíre going to fall a little bit along the way. Itís about picking yourself back up and starting again."

These words sound very wise, Miley! "They are, arenít they? Well, Iím sure there will be another mountain. Itís happened to me before and it will happen to me again. Itís just a part of learning. Itís part of life Ė and I look forward to tackling more of it in the future."

'HANNAH MONTANA - THE MOVIE' is available on Disney Blu-ray and DVD on August 18th!

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