Miley Cyrus says she's "smarter than you think"

Wed Apr 8, 2009 4:36pm EDT
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By Cristy Lytal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Miley Cyrus brings her wildly popular Hannah Montana character to U.S. movie theaters on Friday after a year of publicity that left fans and parents wondering if the 16-year-old Disney sensation might be growing up too fast.

First, there was the "Vanity Fair" cover shot last June in which Cyrus was draped only in a bed sheet. Parents complained that it was an inappropriate move for the schoolgirl star their young daughters idolize.

Then there were personal pictures of her leaked on the Internet showing a strip of her green bra. More recently, a snapshot of her making "slant eyes" prompted an Asian group to say it was "mocking and denigrating" to people of Asian descent.

She has apologized, said pictures were taken out of context and complained that the media were trying to turn her into Hollywood's latest "bad girl."

"I almost feel like people think of me as dumb," said Cyrus, who recently created her own personal "Rumor Patrol" blog on

"I'm like, I'm smarter than you think. You know, I understand what you're trying to do. It's all a mind game and what not," she said.

Cyrus, the daughter of country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus, spent her first 13 years in Tennessee.

In 2006 she landed a role on the Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana," a sitcom about a teenage girl named Miley Stewart who has a secret identity as rock star Hannah Montana.   Continued...

<p>Singer Miley Cyrus performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York April 8, 2009. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>