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The Diva's Interview with Hilary Duff

The Diva's interviews with
Hilary Duff
One of the stars of
A Cinderella Story (2004)

The Diva's The Cinderella Story Movie review

Question:
Do you believe in happily ever after? Are you taken?


Hilary Duff:
I don’t know.. I would like to though. I’m only 16. I don’t really know if I believe in all that type of stuff. No, I’m not I’m taken. I work a lot and I just to have to concentrate on that kind of thing. Maybe one day.


Question::
Is work more of a priority for you than having a really good personal life?


Hilary:
No, personal relationships are very important to me, but right now I’m focused on working and it’s kind of hard to have a relationship and try to search for the perfect person, you know?


Question:
Do you see your life as being a kind of fairy tale?

Question::
When there is someone special in your life, what sort of things do you like to do?


Hilary:
Well, I'm kind of like ‘Sam’ in a way. You're very cautious and you don't want to put yourself out there to get yourself let down or hurt or something. But I guess if you really care about someone and they really care about you too, then you sometimes just go for it and let everything go. And have fun with it. It can be exciting.


Question::
You just said that you are a very hard working and I think we can all agree that you have been successful across the board. Would you describe yourself as an ambitious person?


Hilary:
Definitely


Question::
How do you stay on to you stay on top of the teen market? It is so competitive right now.


Hilary:
It is so competitive. There are so many great movies coming out every single day and like great projects. I don't know if I think about it as being competitive like, “I better get this. If I turn this down, so and so is going to take it.”


Question::
Is it a business sense that you have?


Hilary:
I don't really think about it too much. I have a really great team around me that helps me. Of course, sometimes I think, “Oh well, I should probably do this or that.” But it's really fun for me. Even though I do work my butt off, I still have a good time and try to not make it competitive.


Question::
Do you see your life as being a kind of fairy tale?


Hilary:
Yes. I don't think that I necessarily relate to this story but definitely, I feel lucky, very lucky all the time. Why is this me and why do I get this? You know?


Question::
Are you ever torn between music and acting? Sometimes. They're such different feelings. When I'm on tour, I'm in a new city every single night, and the energy and the crowds and the kids and the screaming and them knowing every single word of my music and being onstage is such an energetic feeling with a big payoff. Working on a movie, things are a little more slower paced. But sometimes if I'm in the middle of touring, I'll be like, “Man, I really wish that I was working on a movie right now.” Or if I'm working on a movie, I'll be like, “Oh, I wish that I was touring right now.” I just love them both so much.


Question::
How about doing a musical film? Yeah. I would definitely do that. Actually, I have a movie that I just filmed called “Raise Your Voice” and I got to sing in that movie and perform.


Question::
Who is in “Raise Your Voice” with you?


Hilary:

Question::
Was there ever any talk of doing a more fantastic “Cinderella” and not setting it so much in the real world?


Hilary:

Question::
In real life, what’s the greatest thing about your friends?


Hilary:
My friends are really great. And they're really supportive. I don't think that they really care anything about this stuff. I don't really have that many friends. I try and stick to a small group of people, and they go on tour with me and they come and travel with me and stuff like that. They know how hard it is for me to work sometimes and not just get to have that completely normal What’s the big sacrifice of being Hilary Duff’s friend?


Hilary:
I feel so bad sometimes when they're like, “Let’s go to the movies,” and I'm like, “It's Saturday, and it's 7:30pm and there's so many people at the movies right now.” Like going to my favorite restaurant, it can sometimes get hard. I just can't go to the mall. But they're so supportive and they understand. How do you make yourself incognito if you want to go to a movie?


Hilary:
Basically, you can't. Like, I've tried everything. My hair really gives it away, too. But I'll put it all up in a baseball cap and pull it down low and I try not to wear like sunglasses because if you wear sunglasses, if you see someone who walks into the room with sunglasses, aren't you going to look at them and think, “Who's hiding under there?” So why would you do that?


Question::
Have you ever had any weird encounters with fans?


Hilary:
Um there’s been quite a few and its kinda of scary. One time I was coming out of a premiere and this man came up and tried to kiss me.


Question::
Can you talk about working with Jennifer Coolidge, who plays your larger-than-life stepmom in this movie?


Hilary:
I think that she's larger than life all of the time. She's so funny and I had a really hard time working with her actually because I couldn't keep a straight face. Everything that she did in this movie wasn't written. She is so creative and such an amazing actress. I was like, “How do you come up with these choices?” I love watching her. She's great.


Question::
What about working with Chad Michael Murray?


Hilary:
Chad was great. He's very charming and very nice and a great actor. We've actually remained friends since the movie. He's in Australia right now working on another movie, but he's a great person.


Question::
You started performing so young. How did you ever get the idea you wanted to do this?


Hilary:
Well, I think that I did my first commercial when I was about six years old. And I didn't really know if I wanted to do it yet. I have an older sister named Haley and she wanted to be an actress. So I wanted to be an actress. It's really funny the way that some people don't give kids enough credit for like really being driven, and really wanting to do things so badly. When I was six and I filmed that commercial, I just thought that it was fun and then I was kind of like, “Ah, whatever.” I went back to school for a little while and then when I was 10, I met this girl who was our neighbor and she was like, “You could get real movies and stuff like that.” I was like, “What?” Then I just begged my parents to come out here and do it. Then you just get this feeling of wanting to accomplish something, and auditioning and stuff like that. My parents just really supported it and my mom worked her butt off and sacrificed so much and we made it happen.


Question::
How often do you get to see your dad?


Hilary:
Oh, I get to see him every three weeks. He'll come out to visit and he's going to come on tour a little bit this summer, but he has his job there. And we go back for all the main holidays. We keep a good, tight knit family even though it's kind of long distance.


Question::
How has your life and success been like a Cinderella story?


Hilary:
My life really doesn't relate to the movie too much. I never really struggled at home with a bad family life or nothing too traumatic like that.


Question::
But aren’t there similarities?


Hilary:
Definitely, for sure. I'm trying to think of a good answer to that. Definitely before I got my TV show, it was such a struggle. It was going on hundreds and hundreds of auditions and maybe not getting any callbacks. My mom prepared us really well for handling rejection and not taking it too seriously and stuff. But I feel very lucky and I feel very blessed.


Question::
When you were in school, did you have a terribly embarrassing moment like Sam does in this movie?


Hilary:
No. I stopped going to school in the middle of fourth grade. Everyone grows up with the peer pressure, and kids being mean to each other in school. I think that's such a horrible thing, but I never really dealt with it in a high school way.


Question::
Are you going to college? East Coast or West?


Hilary:
Yes. Definitely. And west coast. I am going to take some time off though. And I’m not going to study anything related to the film business.


Question::
Were you homeschooled?

Hilary:
I had a tutor for four years.


Question::
Can you talk about your new single with your sister?


Hilary:
I wanted to do something with my sister and we had a whole list of songs that we could do. Our favorite movie is “Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion” and that was in that movie. So we were so excited about that. “Oh my God, we can do this song!” So we did it and it's also such a good message, talking about jealousy and how people are very negative and you can rise above it and stuff. We had so much fun shooting the video together, too.


Question::
Will you and your sister sing on stage together?


Hilary:
She'll be doing songs to open the show and then I'll do my show, which is an hour and ten minutes. Then we'll come out and do the last song together.


Question::
Do you have other movie projects in the works?


Hilary:
Yes. Let’s see: “Raise Your Voice” comes out and then “The Perfect Man” comes out and then the tour. Then there's just a couple of other things going on. “The Perfect Man” is with Heather Locklear.


Question::
Would you ever go back to “Lizzie McGuire?”


Hilary:
No.

 

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