Miley Cyrus first came to prominence as a pre-teen star with her title role in the Walt Disney Hannah Montana television series. She successfully captivated the hearts of children and pre-teens with her performances as Hannah Montana, but once she passed the age to which the Hannah Montana series appeals, her persona began to take on another dimension.
That dimension included a real-life role as a budding princess of the scandal sheets, or more accurately the scandal sites, which began to speculate on her drug use, personal liaisons and other alternately sordid and tawdry details of her private life.
It is precisely the interest that she and her publicists generated in her private life that will keep Miley Cyrus in the spotlight, playing in roles where the scandalous sort of Hollywood worldliness that she is beginning to exhibit is a must. Miley Cyrus is indeed a creation of Hollywood, from her very birth as a second-generation performer to her child stardom to the present coverage that she garners in the Hollywood gossip press and online fan sites.
Negative publicity of the type that Miley Cyrus is beginning to accrue only helps her star rise in Hollywood. This is because hard-core movie fans who are steeped in the gossip culture of the entertainment world are more likely to watch a film that stars a performer with whom they are familiar through the gossip columns rather than a film that stars a new performer or one who is known only for his or her acting skills.
This is especially the case because so many Hollywood productions center on the life of a flawed heroine, such as the product of a troubled upbringing whose path to achievement includes brushes with the law and with jealous family members. Miley Cyrus has the perfect resume, both on-screen and off-screen, for such parts. Moreover, her personal life has not spun out of control to the point that she has had serious brushes with the legal system, a baby out of wedlock or unsuccessful stints in rehabilitation. Instead, she is basically the “nice, but naughty girl next door,” who does engage in self-destructive behavior to relieve the pressures of her career (or perhaps to stay in the limelight as she sheds her pre-teen star image), but still manages to succeed despite her very human flaws.
Even physically, she is considered appealing, but in a realistic way to which audiences can relate rather than being overwhelmed by her appearance.
Therefore, she is flawed enough, and real enough, to effectively portray even a seriously flawed character in a typical Hollywood drama, but not so riddled with personal baggage that producers and directors need to worry about whether she can actually perform in roles for which she is being considered. In addition, Miley Cyrus is talented, and her name is a draw for audiences who are growing up along with her. Those are the very audiences who are ready to see the star of their childhood and early adulthood take on real adult roles as the core members of these audiences are getting ready to take on the challenges of maturity and adulthood.
Barring a complete breakdown on her part that would consign her to becoming nothing other than a fixture of the most scandalous of the gossip columns, Miley Cyrus is poised to succeed as she passes from teenage to adult roles. Her very real talent, combined with her being a very real person with very real, but not overwhelming, personal issues, makes her the perfect leading lady for films that appeal to the movie viewers who grew up with her as their heroine in the Hannah Montana television series.