Miley Cyrus Is Leaving Hannah Montana Behind: 'I'm Just Going In My Own Direction'

Sun, March 14, 2010 4:59pm EDT by 52 Comments
Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

Miley’s focusing on movies over music. Do YOU think that’s a good idea? Let us know!

The Last Song — which premieres Mar. 31 — is a big deal for Miley Cyrus. Not only is it a huge romantic movie, but it’s also her first real step away from her hit Disney show Hannah Montana, which is gearing up to air its last season.

During a March 13 press conference in LA, Miley said, “I’ve gone these last five years … with everyone telling me what to do. Now it’s up to me, and what I think is right in my career, so I’m just going in my own direction.” And part of that ‘new direction’ includes putting music on the back burner, and focusing on her career on the big screen!

“This film was the test for me to decide what I really wanted to do, and I love making movies,” she confessed. “That’s what I want to pursue. It’s not that I don’t love music. I love music. If every film could have music, I would do that. But I feel like I just need to get away from that for a little while. It’s my security blanket and I don’t want to always fall back on that.”

“I have to be careful, in a sense, to not lose who I am or the Miley Cyrus factor, by going to do other characters,” she said. “I still want [my fans] to know who I am, but I want to extend my audience. I want to continue to do what I love, but also give myself new challenges and not just be the same person, over and over.”

Miley also spilled the secret to knowing if a guy is right for her — it all depends on whether or not he can handle her crazy family!

“My parents are a little loco,” Miley admits. “If you love me and my family, which has five kids, my mom, my dad, my grandma and about 10,000 dogs … then you’re good. You’re a keeper.”

But even though Miley loves making movies, don’t expect another big-screen version of Hannah Montana anytime soon… or ever.

“The Hannah Montana wig is out as soon as we finish that last episode,” Miley enthusiastically told reporters. “One will be in a museum and one will be burned, or something. I can’t put it on again. It’s just too much.”

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