Hilary Duff opens up about ‘Torturous’ ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Years, Praises Miley Cyrus

July 3, 2015

Hilary Duff opens up about making the transition from rise to fame in ‘Lizzie McGuire’ as a teen idol to adulthood and spoke candidly of the challenges she faced even as she stands out as one who has been successful in growing up in the public eye. She also praise Miley Cyrus for her transition.

Hilary Duff is currently the star of ‘Younger’ on TV Land, and after a long hiatus she is back as a pop music star as well, having released a hew album, Breathe In. Breathe Out her first since 2007’s ‘Dignity.’ At age 27, she’s chronologically a few years away from her ‘Lizzie McGuire’ days which first saw her rise to fame.

In an interview with LGBT publication PrideSource she spoke out about the difficulties of making that transition calling it “really hard” in this day and age of social media. She said, “Instead of me trying to calculate how to do it and how to be successful at it – a lot of people chose different ways than I did, like Lindsay Lohan and the Olsen twins and even Miley Cyrus — I just chose to bow out for a minute.”

She added, “With Instagram and all this – it’s a youth-sucker. I don’t know what I would’ve been like if I had all those outlets to pay attention to and all that babble s–t.” Making reference to her own son, Luke, who is now three years old, she added, “It’s kind of scary. It scares me raising my kid.”

Reflecting on her own transition, she added, “As torturous as it has been at some points in my life to be Lizzie McGuire, I think that when that show came out, it was such a part of who I was, I didn’t feel like I was playing a part.”

She went on to add, “The writers all knew me so well and were writing things that were happening in my life and things that I would say, and I was dressing exactly like I wanted. It was so me.”

She also shared her thoughts of Miley Cyrus, and revealed strong empathy for the former Disney Channel ‘Hannah Montana Star.’ After all, she has a different perspective from the rest of us who are outsiders who can only imagine the pressures.

She said, “This industry is a tough one to crack, but then I look at someone like Miley, and as crazy people might think the whole thing is, I commend her.” She added, “As much as people wanna hate on her for wearing this or doing that or whatever it is people hate on her for, I think she gets the last laugh. At the end of the day, her talent backs it all up.” She went on to say, “She’s so wholeheartedly being herself and is unapologetic about that and she’s doing a great job.”

And not least, she spoke about her dating life since filing for divorce from her husband Mike Comrie. She had been quite public about using the popular dating ap Tinder and had even used actual footage from her Tinder dates in her recent music video, .

She said, “I’m not still using it. It was really fun for me for a minute; I wanted to experience something totally normal and also shock people. No one thought I was really on it – and I was really on it!”

Well, yes, it would be quite a shock to a potential date to be meeting the real Hilary Duff! But would-be suitors no longer have that opportunity!

See the full interview at PrideSource. Hilary Duff is candid on many topics including how she would react if her son were to come out as gay and voicing unequivocal support for marriage equality. It’s a must-read for fans who are still catching up to the young adult even as ‘Lizzie McGuire’ lingers in memory!

Pictures: PR Photos

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