NAME: Miley Cyrus
BIRTHPLACE: Franklin, TN
HOMETOWN: Nashville, TN
MUSICAL ROOTS: Born as Destiny Hope Cyrus, Miley earned her nickname “Smiley” from her father who said, as a baby she was always smiling — it was later shortened to “Miley”. The daughter of Leticia “Tish” Cyrus and country singer, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley grew up on a farm right outside of her families home in Nashville. Music was always a huge part of her family life with her dad on the road and her five brothers and sisters singing and playing instruments in the house. Seeing her father’s life in showbiz, Miley wanted to follow in his footsteps.
END OF THE ROAD?: After numerous rejected auditions, Miley guest-starred as a small role on her father’s television series, Doc and in 2003 was cast as “Young Ruthie” in the Tim Burton film, Big Fish. She also appeared in the music video for “If Heartaches Have Wings” by Rhonda Vincent. Being called “too small”, Miley was turned down after she auditioned for a few roles for the Disney Channel. With her persistent drive and desire to be apart of a new Disney series in the works, she got a call back for further auditions a year later. Disney Channel Executive Vice President Gary Marsh, saw her as a young girl with the “everyday reliability of Hilary Duff and the stage presence of Shania Twain”.
HANNAH MONTANA: At the age of 13, Miley won the lead role in the Disney series, Hannah Montana about an average young teen girl, “Miley Stewart” who leads a life as a famous pop-singer and hopes her secret won’t get out. Billy Ray took the opportunity to audition for the series and was cast as her on-screen father. While Miley was able to use her real-life nickname as the characters, her dad uses a similar, “Robbie Ray Stewart”. The series, which premiere in March of 2006 turned out to be a smash-hit which has fueled rumors of a movie said to being released next year along with a clothing line for young girls.
AND THEY CALL IT, ‘JONAS LOVE’: Hollywood rumors of celebrity couples seem to be on their highest lately and if you think they’d stop when it came to the younger crowd, you’re wrong. Lately, Miley has been linked as the girlfriend of the youngest Jonas Brother, Nick. While, both Nick and Miley have denied the romance, magazines aimed at teens as well as their singers fans believe differently. After spending lots of time together at Disney events and concerts, Miley and Nick have grown as close friends. The Jonas Brothers will actually appear on an upcoming episode of Hannah Montana and there are talks of a Fall tour with both acts, so we’ll just have to wait and see with those two.
– Courtney Justice, June 2007