Just a Minute: Miley Cyrus on "Last Song", first love

Thu Apr 1, 2010 11:42am EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Miley Cyrus has spent the last five years being "Hannah Montana", the bubbly star of Disney Channel's hit tween TV series. But Cyrus, 17, says she has grown tired of being told how to dress, where to go, and what to do, and now it's time to make her own choices.

Her new movie, the romantic drama "The Last Song", which made its U.S. debut on Wednesday, is the first step in a career she hopes to forge as a movie actress.

Cyrus talked with Reuters about working with best-selling author Nicholas Sparks on the movie, and about falling in love (on and off-screen) with her co-star, 20 year-old Australian newcomer Liam Hemsworth.

Q: What kind of input did you have in your character and in the story of "The Last Song"?

A: "Nicholas Sparks asked me what name I would like. I said Ronnie, because it reminded me of my grand-dad, whose name was Ronald. I love animals, so we had sea turtles in the film, and I love music, so there is a piano. So he gave me some things he knew would make me more comfortable on the set."

Q; What was the most enjoyable scene to shoot?

A: "The scene when me and Liam were in the water. That was the very first scene we shot. How awkward is that? You go in and they say, 'Okay, kiss in the water!' But I thought it was better like that. We got that out of the way and we were really secure and comfortable with each other."

Q: These are your first real on-screen kisses. How embarrassing was that, and having to do it time and again in front of the film crew?   Continued...

<p>Miley Cyrus arrives at the premiere of "The Last Song" in Hollywood, March 25, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>