Interview About Lizzie McGuire

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PBS Kids has an interview out about Hilary Duff and what she thinks about the Lizzie McGuire character. It’s from 3 years ago, so it gives some great contrast between where she was 3 years ago and where she is today.

IML: How is Natalie, your character in Agent Cody Banks, different from Lizzie McGuire?

Hilary: It’s really cool because when I finished the last season of Lizzie McGuire, we wrapped during the day and that night I flew to Vancouver, and then went to work on Cody Banks the next day. It was rushed but it was cool. Natalie is the popular girl at school and she has everything going for her and she’s really independent. She didn’t have a mom and she took care of the household situation with her dad. That made it very different because Lizzie McGuire has the whole family environment going on. Lizzie’s also very insecure and she’s not the “cool girl” at school. That’s how they were different.

IML: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Hilary: That’s so far away, but hopefully I will be doing the same thing I am now! I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep doing it and that’s why school is important. I’m singing now and my album will be out in August or September, so that’s fun. My sister also sings and she’s writing a lot for my album.

Hilary Duff IML: Do you have plans to join forces and sing with your sister?

Hilary: We haven’t found a song that’s really cool for us to do together. But I definitely think if I go on tour, I want her to come with me and perform some.

IML: Would you like to go on tour, if you had the chance?

Hilary: I’m dying to go on tour! I go out of town now to do a lot of movies because most movies are going out of town now. It’s hard because I’m away from my friends all the time and I’m 15 years old. I think going on tour and going to all those cities and countries would be really cool, though.

IML: Do you practice in your hotels with a hair dryer as a microphone?

Hilary: Definitely I have! Every girl has, I think.

IML: What’s your style of music?

Hilary: It’s definitely not pop, but it’s definitely not hard core rock. It’s somewhere in between.

IML: How do you get along with your sister?

Hilary: We’re really close. When she got her car, she started driving me everywhere. She turned 18 in February and her name is Hailey. We do everything together and she’s my best friend. We fight and bicker, but usually about “You stole my clothes!” or “You stole my makeup.” It makes me sad to see that some of my friends aren’t that close with their siblings. They’ll fight all the time. My sister and I have a really cool relationship. My mom was worried that when Hailey turned 18, she would want to move out of the house. But we just bought a house in California and there’s a guest house in the back, and Hailey feels like it’s cool to live there.

IML: Would your relationship be different if you weren’t acting?

Hilary and her sister Hilary: Everyone always says, “You have the TV show. Don’t you guys get jealous of each other?” It’s not like that at all. We’re both really supportive and close. If we ever get into fights, it’s because she stole my clothes and I stole her makeup or something. It’s cool that she’s writing for my album because she has a really special talent for that…

IIML: Now that you get recognized, have you had to change your lifestyle?

Hilary: I can go to malls but it’s hard. If I’m in a rush and I want to go to certain stores, I can’t. But it’s not a bad thing. It makes it worse if you wear a hat or scarf because people are like “Oh, that’s her”. But it’s cool and I like it.

IML: What would people be surprised to learn about you?

Hilary: I’m a totally normal kid. People don’t think that, because I’m on TV. When I come home I have to take the trash out and feed my dog and make my bed. Then I want to hang out with my friends and shop and I’m really just totally normal.