Miley Cyrus graces the cover and pages of Harper’s Bazaar to promote director Julie Anne Robinson’s The Last Song and opens up about being a role model and much more. The February issue of Harper’s Bazaar hits newsstands on Tuesday and HarpersBazaar.com now. Go ahead and gobble up the interview excerpts and lush pix by Peter Lindbergh below -
On shooting The Last Song in mid-America: I got on the plane [to Georgia], and I was lying in my mom’s lap and crying and saying, I’m so happy to be getting out of Los Angeles [In Tybee, GA] I went out every night with my friends. I did karaoke. I danced. All this stuff would’ve been such a big deal in Los Angeles: Who’s she with? Why is she dancing? I felt so alive and real. It’s so much easier to know who you are when there aren’t a thousand people telling you who they think you are. I felt like I was really figuring myself out. Usually I have someone whispering in my ear, but I was on my own.
On the media and public’s negative reaction to her controversial Vanity Fair pix : Here, my parents are thinking they’re seeing a beautiful photograph by a major photographer, and the people of America want to see something dirty in that? It doesn’t make sense to us because [my family] doesn’t look for negativity. But people don’t want to say ‘What a great performance’ or ‘What a great shot. No one wants to look at something like that and see the positive because it doesn’t sell a magazine.
On being a role model and not a parent: My job is to be a role model, and that’s what I want to do, but my job isn’t to be a parent. My job isn’t to tell your kids how to act or how not to act, because I’m still figuring that out for myself. So to take that away from me is a bit selfish. Your kids are going to make mistakes whether I do or not. That’s just life.”
The Last Song hits theaters on Friday, 2 April 2010.