New CNN interview with Miley! Although she was surrounded by the usual contingent of publicist/ manager/ makeup artist, she wasn’t treated with the kid gloves one might expect from a star of her stature.. I found it surprising that you didn’t have a lot of handlers saying, ‘You need to stay away from this topic or that question.’ None of that.
Miley: I think the reason that a lot of people have to have a lot of people around is just about being smart and knowing what you want to talk about. I want people to know who I am. Respect is a huge thing. Especially in my family. ..If you don’t respect people, people aren’t going to respect you back. It’s just about yourself, you respecting others, and hopefully everyone else will follow that and respect you, as well. It’s about keeping your life private as much as you can.
Has always been respectful of you? No, I think the media always tried to overdo it. It’s really no one else’s business how my parents raised me. Everyone has that right ..and they’ve got their kids and the way they want to raise them. And so for anyone to say I don’t have that, as well, makes me feel like I’m not a person
..which I am. And so sometimes people do get reminded of that. That I am just a person. You don’t need anyone else that’s trying to parent you. The world will try to do that ..but that’s for my parents and my family. I have some of the best parents in the world. I have a much more open relationship than a lot of even my friends have ever had with their parents, and so I’m very lucky to have that.
On her reaction to Teen Choice Award ‘ice cream strip’ performance: Well, I can say this. For Teen Choice Awards, I don’t think it was a backlash at all. There’s a difference between a stage and an actress. That’s like someone looking at someone’s movie, and seeing what they do in a movie and putting that to their real life. It’s not real life at all. It’s performance. And that’s who I am ..I’m a performer. That’s what my job is.
There’s a motorcycle in your tour? That flies! That goes around the audience. There’s a ship, there’s cars, there’s a little bit of everything. It is a wonder world. No stripper poles? (chuckles) Thanks. Whatever’s entertaining, or whatever’s right for the show, I’ll do. I think that’s what the point of entertaining is. If it’s going to be average, then it wouldn’t be a show. People wouldn’t come see it.
Do you subscribe to that Madonna theory that you’ve got to push it a little bit? I think if you don’t ..if there’s nothing that’s interesting ..no one’s going to want to come back. I don’t ever want anyone to walk away saying, ‘OK, I saw that show.’
What do you think your target audience is? It’s more of a mature show, but we’ve got things like the Hoedown Throwdown that kids are going to love, and that’s really fun. But it’s mostly for kids my age, and it’s edgy, and it’s rock and roll, but it’s still young and it’s still fun.
You’re not cookie-cutter, always saying the right thing, doing the right thing. I’ve never been that person to fake it, and say what everyone else wants you to say. Then you never have anything personal. If I wanted to be an actress all the time, I could do that. But I don’t. I want to be real. I want to be a real person. That’s what an artist is. An artist has to be honest. Without honesty, there’s nothing.