Miley puts music on hold singing was the last thing on Miley Cyrus’ mind in The Last Song, her forthcoming film. Other than a brief sing-along to a tune on a car radio, her character doesn’t do any crooning, something Cyrus deliberately avoided with her first lead in a live-action film that doesn’t feature musical alter-ego Hannah Montana.
“I didn’t want to sing in the film. We sang in the car that once, but that doesn’t really count. I didn’t want to do a performance thing,” said Cyrus, who also contributes two songs to the soundtrack but figures she wants to keep singing and acting separate from now on.
Music in general is going on hold for Cyrus, who said an upcoming album will be her last for at least a few years, because she wants to concentrate on big-screen roles.
Cyrus, 17, has a handful of episodes left to shoot in the final season of Hannah Montana, the Disney Channel series that made her a star. She has remained in the Disney stable for a Hannah Montana concert movie and feature film, and led the voice cast with John Travolta in the studio’s animated hit Bolt. The Last Song, also from Disney, is a calculated effort by the teen idol to graduate into more grown-up territory and bring her fans along without alienating them as she moves beyond Hannah’s happy world.
In The Last Song, Cyrus’ character, Ronnie, is dealing with grim issues involving her divorced parents. But the film also lets her put in some fun time at the beach with a hunky new beau (Liam Hemsworth, Cyrus’ real-life boyfriend). “It’s a good stepping stone. Nothing too crazy. It’s mature, but it’s kind of for everyone,” Cyrus said.