Why Miley Might Not Be Feeling Nostalgic On The 10 th Anniversary Of ‘Hannah Montana’
It has been 10 years since “Hannah Montana” premiered, five since it objective and three since Miley Cyrus announced that her character had been “murdered.”
For four seasons, Disney’s “Hannah Montana” followed the escapades of a teen girl who lived a secret double life as a famous pop superstar. Hannah existed to shield Cyrus’ character — also named Miley — from the harsh glare of the spotlight and allowed her to live life as a normal child.
But if there’s anyone who could have employed a secret identity in those formative years, it was Cyrus herself. Being a Disney star essentially required performers to live their lives in the same wholesome way as the character they portrayed, but Cyrus was never interested in being anyone’s Disney princess.
In retrospect, the so-called scandals that marred Cyrus’ teen years — suggestive photos, salvia smoking — seem laughable today, but it’s hard to think of anyone who courted quite as much disagreement before their 18 th birthday. In many ways, Cyrus was punished whenever she tried to do the one thing the public never wants to see a child superstar do — grow up.
So, today, when everyone is getting nostalgic over the 10 th anniversary of the premiere of “Hannah Montana, ” take a minute to remember that Cyrus probably isn’t looking back on the reveal quite as lovingly as you.
Playing Hannah Montana was only fun for so long.
“What I am sure about is I’m going to rejoice and be happy to finally not have to be … well, to not be somebody I’m not exactly. As I’ve grown into it, I’ve grown-up out of it. When I was 12, I guessed, ‘I want to be famous all the time! I want everybody to recognize me! ‘” Cyrus told Parade in March 2010, later adding, “When they’re putting me in sparkles and in pink this final season, I have to grit my teeth. I can’t breathe looks a lot like that anymore. A friend came by the set one day and said,’ You don’t look very happy.’ I said,’ I’m feeling claustrophobic in all these frills.’”
Unlike Hannah, Miley didn’t have the best of both worlds.
“I was an adult when I was supposed to be a kid. So now I’m an adult and I’m acting like a kid. There are times when I’m sitting in my big ole house and I’m like,’ I can’t believe I’m allowed to be here alone, ’” she told Harper’s Bazaar in September 2013.
Portraying the character gave her body image issues.
“From the time I was 11, it was, ‘You’re a pop superstar! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.’ Meanwhile, I’m this fragile “girls ” playing a 16 -year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like ‘Toddlers& Tiaras.’ I had fucking flippers, ” she told Marie Claire in August 2015. “I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that reveal. I was made to look like someone that I wasn’t, which are likely caused some body dysmorphia because I had been constructed pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn’t on that indicate, it was like, Who the fucking am I? “
Actually, Miley tells being on the reveal really messed her up.
“I would have anxiety attacks. I’d get hot flashes, feel like I was about to pass out or throw up. It would happen a lot before presents, and I’d have to cancel. Then the nervousnes started coming from nervousnes. I would be with my friends, supposing, I should be having so much fun, ” she told Marie Claire in that same interview. ”You get in this hole that seems like you’re never going to be able to get out of.”
Here’s to you, Hannah Miley.
UPDATE: Despite her grievances over the years, Cyrus posted on Instagram on Thursday and it seems that “Hannah Montana” still holds a place in her heart 😛 TAGEND
“Even though I feel disconnected to who I was at that time I will always feel eternally grateful for the opportunity and platform I was given …. None of it would have been possible with out every single person who ever contributed to the series, ” she wrote before going on to thank fans and everyone involved with the show.
Of course, she also reminded everyone that Hannah is so very dead .
“Even though[ Hannah Montana] is chopped up into little tiny pieces and buried in my backyard she will always hold a very special place in my heart! Celebrate this day with us! Get real drunk and recollect #HM4EVR send pics gettinnnnn buck wild in honor of this special day! #letsplayadrinkinggamewatch HM and every time person says her name take a shot! Yiew hew! “
@realdukeofearles understands the insanity of it all….. Sending love to all my casting members on this anniversary …. To the world it’s a celebration of 10 years but for us the journey began way before the world had any clue who the fuck any of us are ….. There was a very long auditioning process, and many chemistry reads which really is what sold the reveal to the producers and channel because no matter what went on over the years( which none of you have any clue about but It was like the real world but more hormonal teenagers) our love for one another was unquestionable …. Even though I feel disconnected to who I was at that time I will always feel eternally grateful for the opportunity and platform I was given …. None of it would have been possible with out every single person who ever contributed to the series …. From regulars, to special guests( and there were many magical ones @dollyparton) to creators, crew, directors ….. I am where I am because of loyal fans that I am thankful for and of course love dearly all the new angels who are in favour of me now ….. Even though HM is chopped up into little tiny pieces and buried in my backyard she will always hold a very special place in my heart! Celebrate this day with us! Get real drunk and recollect #HM4EVR send pics gettinnnnn buck wild in honor of this special day! #letsplayadrinkinggame watch HM and every time person says her name take a shot! Yiew hew !
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