Listen: Miley Cyrus on ‘Black Mirror,’ Getting Sober and Her Love of Britney Spears

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Miley Cyrus was one of the first celebrities to adapt to the new world order of COVID-19. Shortly after the rules for staying at home were introduced, the singer and actor launched "Bright Minded," a talk show on Instagram Live with a guest list that included Elton John, Demi Lovato, Kerry Washington, and Selena Gomez. “I thought it was great that there was really no pressure. It was like the show would be over if the show had some technical problems, it was just about doing it out of love, ”she said after the Variety and iHeart podcast“ The Big Ticket ”on Tuesday.
When asked whether she developed "Bright Minded" as a television talk show, Cyrus teases: "We'll see."
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Before the pandemic, the former star "Hannah Montana" again played a leading role in an episode of the Netflix anthology series "Black Mirror". She plays Ashley O, an apparently happy pop star who wants to move away from her controlling manager, her aunt Catherine (Susan Pourfar). When her aunt slips too many pills, Ashley falls into a coma, but a fan (Angourie Rice) helps her wake up and free herself. Cyrus is submitted to the guest actress for an Emmy exam in a drama series category.
Variety caught up with Cyrus via zoom from her Los Angeles home.
Hello Miley! So happy to see you!
I've pressed a white button twice in my life. Once for it and once when I interviewed Senator Elizabeth Warren. And I've washed my hair twice in the past four months. Once for you and once for Sir Elton John.
What did you think when you first read the Black Mirror script?
There were some obvious similarities through the character I played before that actually became my life, exploring rock'n'roll and changing genres. That was very important to me right after "Hannah Montana". The main difference for me is that I don't have Aunt Catherine. My mother was my mother. I am almost 30 years old and do not buy a light bulb for my house without asking my mother if it is the right one. Without my parents, my life would probably have been more like Ashley O's story. What really makes me different from Ashley is my parents and the team my parents have built around me. When I was looking for a manager, we got whoever Dolly (Parton) told me he would protect me. It had nothing to do with "he'll make you a star." It said, "You will feel good when your child travels with him, and he will take care of them and respect [your] values."
Tell me about Ashley and how to put this wig on.
We shot in South Africa. I really enjoyed my time. I made records and traveled all over the world, but I had to spend about a month there and record in the studios and work with some choreographers that I might not have worked with before. It was just a really cool experience to be so isolated from my family and friends. I could really separate myself and I could really put myself in Ashley. When Ashley wakes up from a coma and it is totally traumatic, this was the day I lost my house in Malibu to the fires. I was able to pull out of this trauma and use it in the scene. There were times when I had to stop and just go outside to melt completely. It was just a really interesting time for me because so much fell apart in my personal life and it was the same thing that happened in Ashley's life. It gave me a lot to use.
Who were some of your Ashley's when you grew up? Whose poster did you have on your wall?
I had the strangest mess of Britney Spears, NSync, Metallica and Hilary [Duff.] I had Joan Jett and Pat Benatar. You should have seen my face when Britney reported on "I Love Rock'n'Roll" in "Crossroads". I melted down. This scene was the father, the son and the Holy Spirit in one room. I've actually lost my mind. These were worlds that collided beyond what I could have ever dreamed of.
You and Justin Bieber talked about how Ashley and Justin worked together in their Instagram comments. When will that happen?
Man, I think we could come up with something very, very, very special. Nothing is in the works so far, but I remember sitting in front of him at his film premiere. I was 16, something like that. He leaned over to me and asked for advice very gently and kindly. I said, "Just try to remember everything, try to press the record in your brain and remember everything because there are so many moments in my life when my mother will say, 'Do you remember when you had to act for the queen? 'And I say' no '. “There was so much to do, so much to record as a young person that I didn't remember recording it all. My father always taught me that when you 'When you are on stage, whether you are arriving or going, take a picture in your head. And remember and enjoy it and record it.
Ever look back at some of the things you did and say, "What was I thinking?"
One of my favorite interviews is when I say, "Everyone who smokes weed is a dummy." I like to send this to my parents, who are big stoners, from time to time. It was very important to me to have a sober lifestyle last year because I really wanted to polish my craft. I had a really big voice operation in November. I had four fucking weeks when I wasn't allowed to talk. I was so upset when I wrote on the whiteboard and yelled at everyone [laughs]. I had this big bicep because I was just yelling at mom and still trying to make meetings. But it prepared me for silence and silence.
What was the operation for?
My doctor looked at my vocal cords and said, “Nobody who is shy ever needs to have surgery. This is due to an overuse of the vocal cords. “It's no surprise that I would have it. I've been touring since I was 12, but not even touring is the hard part. In the end you stay up late and meet and greet and things like that. And of course I'm only talking a ton.
You mentioned that you live a sober life. Are you sober sober
I've been sober and sober for six months. In the beginning it was just about this voice operation. ... But I had thought a lot about my mother. My mother was adopted and I inherited some of the feelings she had, the feelings of abandonment and the desire to prove that you are wanted and valuable. My father's parents got divorced when he was 3 years old, so my father raised himself. I have written a lot of family history that has a lot of problems with addiction and mental health. Just go through that and ask, "Why am I the way I am?" When we understand the past, we understand the present and the future much more clearly. I think the therapy is great.
That's great. I'm celebrating my sober birthday on July 7th. It will be seven years.
Congratulations. It is really difficult because especially when you are young there is the stigma "you are not fun". It's like, "Darling, you can call me a lot of things, but I know I'm fun." What I love about it is waking up 100%, 100% of the time. I don't want to wake up dazed. I want to wake up and feel ready.
"Black Mirror" is available on Netflix.
This interview was edited and condensed. Listen to the full interview above. You can also listen to “The Big Ticket” on iHeartRadio or wherever you find your favorite podcasts.
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