She looks great lingerie! Do you miss Hannah Montana? No [laughs]. I miss the family vibe, but I don’t miss the routine at all. I was so bored doing the same thing every day. It’s a lot easier not being on a show, to live my life a little bit and do some of the other things that I want to do. I don’t have to be back at a certain time. You’re not worrying about a cast schedule or what the producers are going to think. I’m so grateful that I was able to be on that show, but even my little sister, who’s 11, who wants to go into acting, I say, ‘Just wait, dude.’ Because the way you’re going to be when you’re my age and the way you are right now are so different. Don’t put yourself into a situation where people are going to think of you as only one thing. You’re going to change a lot. You’re going to change every year. It interferes with your growing up if you’re not strong and you’re not sure who you want to be. I’m glad I’m not a character any more and able to be me.
Why are you a role model to some? I think it’s because I’m so real. If they tell you they haven’t tried this or haven’t experimented with that, they’re lying. And I’ll never do that because personally I can’t, because there will be some proof on the internet. It’s weird.. two complete extremes. I’m not some crazy lady who’s gone off the deep end, because I definitely haven’t. I just always try to be real. Every 18-year-old explores sexuality and experiments and tries things. You have to be true to yourself. Joan Jett has been in my life over the past year and has taught me a lot about that. She got looked down on for talking about sex and drugs or whatever. They were like, ‘How dare a woman say that. How dare a girl come out and admit those things,’ when every other girl her age was doing the same thing. She just went on stage and sang about it.
..I’m really driven, obviously. I’ve always been that way, but my life is just raelly mellow, and I like hanging out. I think if they walked into where I live, they’d realise how the [public] perception of my life is so different from who I really am. My dad is Native American, so I spend 90 percent of my time outside, going on hikes. That’s my lifestyle right now. The press seems to think that I’m trying to make this big turn and become a bad girl, really I’m trying to be more connected with the Earth, more connected with myself and figure out who I am, try to understand the world a little more.
Do you want to do serious drama? What I watch and the movies I like to do, I’ve got kind of a weird, dark sense of humour, really dry humour, so I would love to do more comedies, but not the comedies that people have seen me in. More kind of dry, that kind of style, independently shot, but also some laugh-out-loud funny stuff and drama as well. When you become a character, you want to make sure that it’s a part you want to open up and explore for yourself. So I think the next few things.. there’s a comedy that I’m working on now and something a little darker.
..People have two very mixed opinions of me: I’m a great role model or I’m completely inappropriate for anyone under 13 and I am conttroversial. I don’t know how I became this. There was this magazine article the other day, showing all the younger celebrities. It was like Girl Next Door or whatever, and I feel under the category of Good Girl Gone Bad. And I was like, ‘What the hell, man?’ I stay in the house pretty much every day. I don’t go out. I’ve had the same boyfriend for two years. So I think there are two very different reviews.