"Hannah Montana" starts final season as Miley moves on

Mon Jul 5, 2010 1:15pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four years ago, Miley Cyrus was a young unknown making her debut on a Disney Channel comedy series, "Hannah Montana," with her real-life father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, playing her dad on the show.

The premise, an average teenager named Miley Stewart who moonlights as a rock star in a blonde wig named Hannah Montana, became an instant sensation. In no time at all, Cyrus was recording "Hannah Montana" soundtracks, embarking on a "Hannah Montana" singing tour, filming a concert movie and starring in a "Hannah Montana" feature film.

Now it's all about to come to an end. When season four, titled "Hannah Montana Forever," premieres on Sunday, July 11, on Disney Channel, it will be the final one as Cyrus has been eager to do her own thing. In fact, she has started already.

Cyrus, now 17, made her non- "Hannah" feature film debut earlier this year in "The Last Song," based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. She just released her third non-"Hannah" album, "Can't be Tamed," raising eyebrows with a music video of her in skimpy outfits being groped by back-up dancers.

"I can't base my career off of the six-year-olds," Cyrus told reporters recently. "It's the 16-year-olds, the 26-year-olds I'm trying to reach for now. I have to move on."

The independently wealthy teenager just purchased her own home and said she plans to move into it after she wraps her current project, the independent film feature "LOL (Laughing Out Loud)," opposite Demi Moore.

In the film, which is based on a French movie, Cyrus plays a teenager hanging out with the wrong crowd, dabbling in drugs and questionable boys. The actress said the project is "definitely not for the 'Hannah Montana' audience."

"TIME TO TURN THE PAGE"   Continued...

<p>Miley Cyrus signs autographs before the German film premiere 'Hannah Montana-The Movie' in Munich April 25, 2009. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle</p>