Miley Cyrus Says She’s Continued to Create Alter Egos For Herself Since Starring on Hannah Montana

by Anna Dunn
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Singer/actress Miley Cyrus is seen walking in SoHo on May 6, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)

Miley Cyrus said that she continued to create alter egos for herself ever since her time on Hannah Montana. The musician started out on the show, co-starring alongside her father, Billy Ray Cyrus. But even with parents in the industry that can help guide you, being in the spotlight like that is hard. Cyrus took some of the lessons she learned on Hannah Montana with her.

Hannah Montana was a Disney channel show that starred Miley Cyrus, who played Miley Stewart. But Miley Stewart had a secret. When she put on a wig and makeup, she was a massive pop star named Hannah Montana. Still, when she took off the wig, Miley got to live a normal life as a normal girl. Unfortunately, the premise started to hit a little too close to home.

“The concept of the show is that when I would alter my image and I would put on a wig and I would put on sparkly things that I held a new value,” she told Elle. ”That I was valuable. It did translate into my real life. There was a different level of, like, hysteria when Hannah…the way that kids would react at these Hannah shows, versus when I was myself and I would meet fans out, it was different.”

Miley Cyrus Tried Different Alter-Egos In Her Solo Career

This led Cyrus to feel like she needed to create an identity outside of the show. Thankfully, she’s had an incredibly successful career since going solo, with hit singles such as Wrecking Ball, Heart of Glass, and FU.

“And so, again, on that kind of psychological level, I guess that’s kind of why originally when I started doing solo projects as my own identity, I’d almost create kind of alter-egos of myself.”

Even harder, because her character was named Miley, there was even less separation from her real life. But even with all of that, Cyrus still holds a lot of love for her old character. She penned an open letter to the character on the 15th anniversary of the show. Cyrus treated it like a birthday.

She also spoke about the identity crisis that came with playing Hannah Montana on Spotify’s Rock This With Allison Hagendorf last March.

“[Hannah was] a character almost as often as I was myself, and actually, the concept of the show is that when you’re this character, when you have this alter ego, you’re valuable. You’ve got, like, millions of fans, you’re the biggest star in the world, and then the concept was that when I looked like myself, when I didn’t have the wig on anymore, no one cared about me, I wasn’t a star anymore,” the singer said.

Now, Cyrus still has to defend herself, her alter egos, and who she feels is the “real her.” She recently had to fight back against hate for sporting a makeup free look with a t-shirt and sweatpants. It’s a lot of pressure for the star. However, it sounds like she’s been working through that identity crisis and embracing her true self.