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The year 2023 has been a fantastic year for music enthusiasts, as we have been fortunate enough to witness some incredible releases. From Miley Cyrus’ “Endless Summer Vacation” to Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” and “1989 (Taylor’s Version),” there has been no shortage of musical goodness. To add to this, Miley Cyrus has gifted us with a new song titled “Used To Be Young,” accompanied by an enthralling TikTok series.
Miley has shared her excitement about the series, which is inspired by her new song, in which she will take us on a journey from her birth year in 1992 until 2023, covering thirty years of her life. In the kickoff video, Miley casually lounges on a couch with an iPad in her hand and states that she has nowhere to go, just like us.
One of the most intriguing moments we are looking forward to discovering is how Miley landed the role of Hannah Montana, particularly since it was almost given to someone else.
During my childhood, I was a huge fan of the Disney Channel show Hannah Montana. Despite its flaws, such as plot holes like how no one recognized Miley when she put on her Hannah wig, the show tackled realistic issues that resonated with viewers. Watching Miley navigate being sick, losing a parent, and dealing with friendship problems made it easy to feel like she was a friend by the end of the series. It’s wild to think that someone else could have played the lead role. In the first video of her TikTok series, Miley shared that she initially auditioned for the role of Hannah’s best friend, Lilly. However, the studio asked her to send in a tape for the titular role under the name Chloe. At the time, Miley was too young and small to fit in with the cast they had already selected, and she didn’t make the cut. But after about a year, the studio gave her another chance, and she returned to LA to prove that she had grown up enough for the part.
During its premiere, Hannah Montana became the highest-rated show on Disney Channel. As the series progressed, fans’ admiration for it and its characters increased. But Miley’s fame as Hannah didn’t translate into her real life. In a recent TikTok video, she revealed that she wasn’t valued in the same way as her alter ego. She used her 2007 album Meet Miley Cyrus to help people comprehend that she was the voice behind Hannah all along. Even though this helped fans understand that Hannah wasn’t a real person, the disconnect between the two personas continued to grow. Miley has been open about how damaging it was to feel like people cared more about Hannah than her. Hannah Montana’s concept is that when you’re in character, people value you more. Miley said that this idea was drilled into her head, making her believe that no one would care about her if she weren’t Hannah Montana.