Life is sweet – and getting even sweeter – for the pop world's favorite girl-next-door. Sure, Hilary Duff starred in a monstrously huge TV show but that's, like, so yesterday 'cause Hilary's exercising her right to change her mind and act her age. No more trying to fit a circle into a square. With her first real pop-rock album, Metamorphosis, and the #1 single "So Yesterday," Hilary is finally free to be who she wants to be. "Change is a very important and natural thing," says Hilary. "We called the album Metamorphosis because it's about changes that everybody experiences. It's not just about me, but it is very personal. The change might seem a little sudden because most people are used to seeing me as a character through Lizzie McGuire and movie roles that I played. So this music is a good way to get everyone to know the real me. Everyone evolves and changes." A triple-threat talent, Hilary has become a music, film and television phenomenon thanks to an unbroken string of hits that began with her starring role in the Disney Channel Original Series Lizzie McGuire, the record-breaking #1 show in its timeslot. Hilary made her singing debut on that hit sit-com, lending her fresh vocals and sunny style to "I Can’t Wait" from the RIAA-certified platinum Lizzie McGuire Television Soundtrack. In her motion picture debut, Hilary co-starred with Frankie Muniz in this summer's action-adventure hit Agent Cody Banks. Next came singing and starring roles in The Lizzie McGuire Movie, in which Hilary played – prophetically enough – an American tourist mistaken for a huge singing star. Proving that life imitates art, Hilary’s singing career is exploding on Top 40 radio, MTV and Top 200 retail charts. Metamorphosis – her amazingly appealing debut solo album of 13 songs – shipped well in excess of gold with 800,000 copies on August 26, 2003 and charted #2 on the Billboard 200 its first week of release. Its debut single, "So Yesterday," became an instant #1 retail hit at Walmart.com, and stormed the pop singles charts on July 29, hitting the #1 spot after quickly making top-request waves at national Top 40 radio and on MTV’s signature program "Total Request Live," where Hilary's "Why Not" music video (from the RIAA-certified platinum The Lizzie McGuire Movie Soundtrack) had already been a Top 10 staple for months. MTV also hosted a prestigious premiere for the "So Yesterday" music video on its July 21 presentations of Making The Video and TRL All-Star Backyard BBQ and featured Hilary in MTV Diary. Duff recently was a presenter at both the MTV Video Music Awards and the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, where she accepted the trophy for "Favorite TV Show" on behalf of Lizzie McGuire. And although there’s not one molecule of space left for another top award her shelf, "So Yesterday" has become the #1 most-streamed video on AOL.
Can't Get Enough Of The Duffs? Just Wait
Hilary, Haylie pack their 2005 schedules with movies, music, TV. Celebrity sisters Hilary and Haylie aren't spending a lot of time sitting around on their ... uh ... duffs.
Hilary Duff will follow up her gig as a presenter at the April 2 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards by filling in for "The View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck while the former "Survivor" contestant goes on maternity leave. Then on the last weekend of April, she'll shoot a video for a still-untitled single that's expected to appear in her next film, "The Perfect Man."
In it, Hilary tries her best to set up her single mom, played by Heather Locklear, on a date. The movie is being directed by Mark Rosman, who was also behind the lens for Duff's "A Cinderella story" last year. The comedy is due in theaters June 22.
After that, Hilary's fans will have to wait until August, when a new album is due. Though it's scheduled to be a collection of hits, so far four new songs are slated to be featured, including the single she's about to make a video for.
With the sibs' Ice Breakers commercial already in the can and work on their joint film "Material Girls" under way, Haylie isn't getting much of a break either .
"I'm shooting 'I Remember' and doing 'Material Girls' and we're doing school," the exhausted elder sister said. The former is a thriller in which she stars with Jamie-Lynn DiScala ("The Sopranos"), Lori Petty ("A League of Their Own") and DJ Qualls ("Road Trip"). "And then I shoot a movie in Costa Rica called 'Surf Schools.' "
Haylie also contributed to the "Family Guy Live in Las Vegas" CD/DVD set that's due April 26, adding music and comic relief to television's crazy cartoon family the Griffins. With all of this, Haylie said her own album has taken a back seat. "I haven't really been working on it," she confessed. "We've been doing so many other things. When it's time to do it I want to really sit down and focus on it."
Hilary, Haylie Duff Engage in 'Foodfight!'
Hilary and Haylie Duff are taking their sister act to the movies.
The siblings will lend their voices to the CG-animated "Foodfight!," the inaugural project co-produced and distributed through Larry Kasanoff's Threshold Animation Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The project revolves around the world of the supermarket after the customers have gone home. Various packaged goods mascots, such as the jewelry-wearing Mr. Clean and the hapless Charlie the Tuna, will also make cameos in the grocery store adventure.
Kasanoff directed the project based on a screenplay by Brent Friedman, Rebecca Swanson and Sean Derek. The film is scheduled for a fall 2006 release.
Threshold's use of IBM's high-powered computer rendering system through the IBM On Demand Center allows the animation to be rendered in just a fraction of the usual time.
"We want to make the highest-quality animated movie, but we don't have five years and $200 million," Kasanoff says. "This solution allows us to get access to unlimited, real-time computing power whenever a scene is too big for our building."
Hilary Duff, 17, is currently taking remote online courses for Harvard and recently completed a couple tour dates in Texas. On the big screen, she's starred in "The Lizzie Maguire Movie," "Cheaper by the Dozen," "A Cinderella Story" and "Raise Your Voice." She next stars opposite Heather Locklear in the comedy "The Perfect Man," which will be released in the summer.
Haylie Duff, 20, has made guest appearances on her sister's Disney Channel show "Lizzie Maguire" and "Boston Public." Her most recent film credit is the quirky Fox Searchlight comedy "Napoleon Dynamite."
'Hilary Duff Is A Loser And A Chicken,' Harvard College Paper Says
Editorial lambastes actress/singer for not living 'la vida Harvard.' Hilary Duff might be taking classes at Harvard, but that doesn't mean her fellow students have to like it.
In an editorial published last week in The Crimson, Harvard's school newspaper, the staff lambastes Duff, calling her a "loser and a chicken" because she didn't go through Harvard's notoriously difficult undergraduate-admissions process and won't be participating in campus activities. Duff is not a student at Harvard proper, but is auditing courses through the Harvard Extension School, a continuing-education program that allows the singer to take a few classes online, including environmental science, government, and sociology.
While Duff has noted on her Web site that she's "taking on-line classes for Harvard University" and described the process, her classmates are evidently objecting to the media's portrayal of Duff as a Harvard student.
"Man-up (extension) Duff," the article reads. "It's one thing to say you go to Harvard (extension), but it's another to live la vida Harvard (extension)." The article then lists a sampling of social organizations and activities that are unique to the school. "Have you, par example, been punched by the Bee (extension) Club? Or attended the Daedalus (extension) Final (extension) Club?"
If those activities aren't up Duff's alley, The Crimson asks, then what is? "Maybe that blonde at the protest against University (not extension) President Lawrence H. Summers was you. Maybe not. But if it was, did you ever consider his feelings? ... Also, are you considering declaring a science (extension) concentration? It would look really good for Harvard (extension and not extension)."
The editorial also points out that her higher education choices won't win Duff any points in the dating arena. "You should have gone to Yale (extension or not extension; wait, is there a Yale not extension?). Someone forgot to tell you about the caveat about dropping the H-(extension)-bomb. Namely, if you're a member of the fairer it doesn't work. Case in point — Natalie Portman '03 (not extension): single. Barbara Bush (Yale '04, not extension): hot."
The editorial concludes by saying, "Enough (extension) Duff. We (not extension) call a truce. So you told people you were going to Harvard (ambiguous). It's Harvard (extension), which (disclaimer) by the way is a perfectly great option for education. Whatever."
Perhaps Duff can clear the air by inviting some of her fellow students on ABC's daytime show "The View" — Duff will fill in for Elizabeth Hasselbeck when she's on maternity leave during the first week of April.
Duff's representative had no comment.
At Harvard, One Duff is not Enough
Teen sensation Hilary A. Duff and her sister Haylie K. Duff are taking classes at Harvard this semester, but you won’t see them around campus anytime soon.
The actors-turned-singers are currently enrolled in the Harvard Extension School and began their classes on Jan. 31 through the Distance Learning Program—all while sitting at home in Los Angeles.
After wrapping up her concert tour in Canada, Hilary Duff expressed excitement about her Harvard education in an online diary last week.
“I’m taking on-line classes for Harvard University. Really cool! I am really excited about going back to school and the on-line classes are really cool!” she wrote in an entry on Feb. 4.
Professors at the Extension School film their lectures, which the sisters will be able to watch online. Other course materials are also available on the web, and all work is submitted and graded by e-mail. Exams may be administered online or in a proctored setting, according to the Extension School website.
“I just started my first day of college on Monday,” Hilary Duff wrote in the online diary entry. “I can watch [the professors] teach, and [I can] take notes from my computer.”
According to their publicist, each sister is taking two classes for credit while continuing to keep up with their packed schedules. Haylie Duff is currently working on the CBS show, “Joan of Arcadia,” and Hilary Duff is about to start production on her next movie, their publicist said.
Yet, if the girls continue in higher education, the courses will only count for credit at the discretion of their future colleges, according to Extension School spokeswoman Linda Cross.
Cross said that while some students in the Distance Learning Program choose to attain degrees by attending additional classes on campus, no official Harvard degree programs are offered online.
According to its website, the Extension School has an “open enrollment” policy—which means anyone who is willing to pay tuition can take classes. Tuition then depends on the course and whether it will be taken for credit. The costs range from $500 for a non-credit history class to $2,000 for more advanced graduate classes.
The selection of online courses offered for the spring semester includes “Investigatory Journalism,” “Theories of Citizenship,” and “Internet and Society: Technologies and the Politics of Control.”
Hilary Duff was the star of “The Lizzie Maguire Show,” and such movies as A Cinderella Story and Cheaper by the Dozen. She also released the hit album Metamorphosis with singles “So Yesterday” and “Come Clean.” Haylie Duff starred in this summer’s cult hit Napoleon Dynamite.
Hilary Duff Goes To Harvard
Hilary Duff is going to Harvard, and no we're not talking about a movie role. The seventeen-year-old pop star has enrolled as a freshman at the Ivy League University. But fans shouldn't bother flocking to the Cambridge campus. Hilary's taking her classes online.
Wanna See Hilary Duff Act Like A Bitch?
Good-girl singer plays a mean teen on 'Joan of Arcadia.' Don't let Hilary Duff's good-girl image fool you — she can also act like a real bitch. Duff got her crack at playing a blond brat during a guest spot on "Joan of Arcadia," which she said was a nice break from her regular gig as America's sweetheart.
"It's good to be back on TV," Duff said, "and one reason I'm really excited about the part is that I don't relate to it. That's fun. I get to play someone completely different to what I live with every day."
In an episode called "The Rise & Fall of Joan Girardi," airing at 8 p.m. Friday (January 28) on CBS, Duff guests as Dylan Samuels, a catty classmate of Joan's at Arcadia High. She's gal pals with the plastic popular girls and, following their cue, insults Joan and "accidentally" knocks over her stuff for kicks. That is, until Joan (played by Amber Tamblyn) saves her from the path of a speeding SUV, at which point Duff's character decides to ditch her crowd for Joan's gang. She follows Joan around, buys her a watch as a gift, confides in her about her mother and even tries to dress like her. It would seem very "Single White Female," except that Dylan switches just as easily back to her earlier persona.
"There's a metaphor at the end, when they're looking at desserts, and Dylan is like, 'I have no idea what I want. I have no idea what I like,' " Tamblyn said.
"Joan is really a girl who doesn't change to fit in with other people, and my character unfortunately isn't like that at all," Duff said. "She's very uncomfortable, and she feels very embarrassed about the life she has at home. She's always acting like somebody else, she goes where the wind blows. So if this group is nice to her this day, that's who she is, mean or nice. And she tries to become Joan, because she's so used to doing that with everyone else. But she learns in the end that she's going to get caught in all the lies and she should just learn who she is and be that person."
Duff said she wanted to be on the show because she's a big fan, but she didn't get a chance until sister Haylie was offered a three-episode stint first (those episodes air in February). "I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I love 'Joan'!' " Duff said, "and then they were like, 'Do you want to do one too?' I just happen to be beating her to the first one [to air]."
This won't be the first time the Duff sisters have been on the same TV program, albeit separately — they guest-starred on "Chicago Hope" in February and March of 2000, only that time Haylie's episode beat Hilary's to the punch. They'll also star together in the upcoming film "Material Girls," in which Hilary will put her "Joan of Arcadia" experience to good use to play another teen queen type, this time an heiress (see "Duff Sisters To Channel The Hiltons, And Possibly Madonna, For 'Material Girls' ").
In the meantime, she's just happy getting to have a small break from the madness of juggling her music career around film shoots.
"I filmed 'The Perfect Man' in Canada for four months, then went right on tour, then went to Japan and Australia and Hawaii, and then had to run back to do radio shows," she said. "This was nice to just bounce in here and there and switch up the schedule a bit, to come in to work every day and have that be life for a little while. But the biggest thing I've learned is not to get caught up in that or pay attention to the drama, not believe in my own success, not take myself too seriously. If I take it day by day, then every day is a surprise. I wake up and I can't believe this is my job and I get to do this."
Hilary Duff Got Acting Nominations?
Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry also among the unfortunate actresses to be nominated for the Golden Raspberry.
They may not have won a Golden Globe, and their names were conspicuously absent from the list of Oscar nominations, but stars like Hilary Duff, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears are still vying for the gold: the Golden Raspberry.
For her roles in "A Cinderella Story" and "Raise Your Voice," Duff was nominated for Worst Actress. She'll go up against Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Shawn and Marlon Wayans — who got the nod for achievements in drag in "White Chicks."
Lopez and Spears will duke it out for Worst Supporting Actress for their small roles in "Jersey Girl" and "Fahrenheit 9/11," respectively. Carmen Electra ("Starsky & Hutch"), Condoleezza Rice ("Fahrenheit 9/11") and Sharon Stone ("Catwoman") are also up for the title.
Nominees for the awards were announced on Monday by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, a group that annually determines the most abysmal films, actors and songs of the last year. Suitably timed to strike Hollywood hopefuls when they're down, the nominees are unveiled less than 24 hours before the ceremonious announcement of the Oscar nominations .
With its tail between its legs, "Catwoman" leads this shamed pack of nominees for featuring what the Golden Raspberry Foundation calls "an Oscar winner calamitously miscast as a cartoon character." The flick, widely panned by critics, is a candidate for awards including Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Berry) and Worst Screen Couple (Berry and either Benjamin Bratt or Sharon Stone).
For being a "big-budget epic that managed to be both historical and hysterical," "Alexander" is a contender for six awards, including Worst Picture. In addition to challenging "Catwoman" in that category, it will go up against "Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2," "Surviving Christmas" and "White Chicks" for the dishonor.
If selected as the best of the worst in their respective categories, nominees will receive "an unintentionally cheapjack tchotchke featuring a gold-ball-sized, handcrafted RAZZberry atop a mangled Super 8 film reel that's spray-painted gold and has an estimated street value of $4.79," according to the foundation.
With 2005 commemorating the 25th anniversary of the awards, the Golden Raspberry Foundation also revealed its nominees for the special Worst of Our First 25 Years Awards. The category of Worst Razzie Loser honors the Susan Luccis of the Razzie Awards, those actors who have been nominated several times but never won. Nominees include Kim Basinger, Angelina Jolie, Ryan O'Neal, Keanu Reeves and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who leads with eight nominations.
Winners will be announced at Hollywood's Ivar Theatre on February 26 at 7:30 p.m. PT, one day before the Oscars.
Hilary Duff : Sweet seventeen
Don't expect teen superstar Hilary Duff to dance on tabletops anytime soon.
Hilary Duff is approaching that age when things start to get tricky.
Like her peers Lindsay Lohan and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, the bubbly, 17-year old movie/television/pop star will soon be fielding personal questions that the media thinks are perfectly fine to ask a girl the second she turns 18.
Like, who is she sleeping with?
And, are her breasts real?
And, how many cans of Red Bull did she down before dancing on a table top at the Concorde?
Duff, who will be 18 this September, says she is braced for the eye of the media tornado, but doesn't plan on getting caught in the storm in the first place.
"I think there's a big difference between us. I think I'm very different. Some of my choices are different," says Duff from her tour bus in Albany, N.Y.
"I don't think I'm as open [about my behavior] ... I think some of those people like that attention, being talked about as a party girl. I'm not into that."
Still, the media feeds off sweet and innocent young things like Duff, waiting like bloodhounds for them to slip up and be caught on camera taking a drag off their first cigarette.
"It's super annoying when [the paparazzi] follow me, like, running through stop signs and red lights. And writing about whom I might be dating, it's really mean. I try and ignore it."
Though she may be a relatively new household name, Duff is experienced when it comes to showbiz. Best known for playing the role of clumsy Lizzie McGuire, Duff makes easy-to-digest movies (like "Agent Cody Banks," Cheaper by the Dozen" and "A Cinderella Story") since age 10, has released two multi-platinum albums and lends her name to a trendy clothing line, "Stuff," which is sold at Target stores.
With 19-year old sibling Haylie following her baby sis' footsteps, the Duff phenomenon has swept beyond Hollywood and into nearly every preteen bedroom across America. In turn, Hilary's face has secured a spot where the posters of formerly wholesome girls like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera used to hang.
"Sometimes I ask myself, like, 'Why do people like me?' I feel like [my fans] most of the time," says Duff. "I'm experiencing new things and growing up. I think I'm pretty approachable, so they feel closer to me. I don't think my image is some party girl, like all wild and crazy."
Like her predecessors, Duff faces the daunting challenge of outgrowing her mainly teenage audience. It's something that she expects and, in a way, anticipates.
"I WILL [outgrow my audience] some day. I AM growing up. I WANT to do different movie roles, different music. I'm going to try different stuff out," she reasons.
Matter of fact, Duff says she has already seen a change in the ages of crowd members at her concerts.
"Though I do have a big young audience, not many people give me the credit for the age range I have. I'll see packs of 24-year old girls and next to them is a group of 5-year olds, and then boys in Slipknot t-shirts."
As Duff approaches womanhood, she's got her work cut out for her. She'll have to face a rising crop of female starlets that are getting "noticed" younger and younger every day, like JoJo,13, and newcomer Tiffany Evans,12. And with celebs shifting from popstars to movie making, perfume peddling, megastars overnight, it's almost as if a girl's got to keep ahead of the pack to keep her head afloat.
But not Duff.
She intends to continue to gracefully swerve around rumors that she's dating Joel Madden of pop-punk band Good Charlotte.
And pray that the size of her chest never becomes an issue.
And she knows that dancing on top of tables can be quite dangerous, because after all, she is only 17.
"I think growing up is important, but I think growing up slowly is too. You see some of the people that are, like, anxious to, like, rip their clothes off.
Hilary Duff Among Singers at Youth Concert In D.C.
You might say the Janet Jackson moment of President Bush's inaugural festivities came Tuesday at a youth concert with hundreds of preteen Hilary Duff fans in the audience.
No nudity was involved, but the Vince Neil-style profanity probably didn't win rock band Fuel any fans at the Federal Communications Commission, nor from the parents at the concert. Now the Pennsylvania band is just hoping the concert, "America's Future Rocks Today," wasn't aired live.
Borrowing a word from Motley Crue's Neil, the lead singer of Fuel proclaimed, "Welcome to the greatest ——ing country in the world." Brett Scallions followed with a quick apology of "excuse my language."
The FCC is investigating Neil's wish to band mate Tommy Lee for a "Happy ——ing New Year," which aired live on NBC on New Year's Eve.
The outburst was one of the most interesting moments of Tuesday's concert, hosted by Bush twins Jenna and Barbara. They remained out of sight, though event organizers said they were in the audience.
Duff was the headliner at the half-full, D.C. Armory concert, which paid tribute to youth volunteerism and community service.
Other performers included 2003 "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard, pop singer JoJo and the band, 3 Doors Down. Also appearing were former football player Jason Sehorn, actor Stephen Baldwin, who rode a skateboard onto the stage, and "Access Hollywood's" Nancy O'Dell, who co-hosts the entertainment show with Billy Bush, whose father, Jonathan, is the brother of former President George H.W. Bush.
A crowd favorite, besides Duff, was singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera, a Dallas native who whipped up the audience with his jams on the guitar and the drums. Cabrera, 20, said his last trip to Washington was in the seventh grade on a field trip. "I lost my contact lens in the Capitol," he told the audience, urging them to keep an eye out for it.
Hilary Duff sends Toronto fans into tizzy
Girls and boys, use your money wisely. The financial advice came from tween queen Hilary Duff during an appearance at MuchMusic on Wednesday afternoon, part of a whirlwind month-long tour across Canada.
"I save my money so much. If I can buy something on sale, or if it's cheaper somewhere else, I'll go and buy it there," she said. "I don't live this crazy lifestyle that people think."
That said, Duff was dressed in typical Hollywood garb, right down to an oversized diamond-encrusted gold watch.
"To some extent I am (a material girl)," she admitted, shielding a grin with her hand, which only further showcased her bling.
Duff - who at the ripe age of 17 has conquered film, TV, music and fashion - has been leaving a trail of shrieking, starstruck young girls in her perfectly manicured path since Jan. 4, the start of the Canadian leg of her tour.
So far she's strutted her sonic stuff - not to be confused with Stuff, her clothing label sold at Zellers - for fans in Kelowna, B.C., Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
Part of the proceeds from her tour are going to tsunami aid.
"I get to have a voice," said the Houston-born singer of her charity work. "It makes you feel good as a person."
She urged the mostly female crowd to volunteer or donate a portion of their allowance to charity.
"It might sound cheesy or uncool to do something like that, but it isn't. There are so many people that need help," she said, making the parents at the back of the crowd sigh with approval.
"We take for granted everyday that we get to dress cute and have parents that are really supportive of us."
Duff said she wishes she could sometimes hide from the world.
"I wish I could go to a concert so bad. Like, if I could do one thing, and be invisible for a day and like go to a concert and just watch my favourite band I would just love it," she said, flashing her big smile.
During commercial breaks, two burly bodyguards did their best to shield Duff from devotees begging for her attention. She managed to briefly hug a few misty-eyed fans and scribble autographs for some waiting outside in the cold rain.
The Much studio held about a hundred fans while another hundred or so shivered outdoors. The station said it received desperate calls from young fans in Manitoba and Nova Scotia wanting to attend. A savvy entrepreneur was selling bright pink "I (Heart) Hilary!" headbands on Queen Street for $2 - a hot item, judging by the number of girls wearing them.
"My feet are soaked and there's a hole in my shoe," said Nicole Ieraci, 15, who waited outside for six hours in the hopes of getting her Teen magazine signed by Duff. "I like her better than anybody else. She's like my God."
The young star first came to prominence playing Lizzie McGuire in both the Disney TV series and film. After singing on the movie's soundtrack, she launched a successful solo musical career with her debut album Metamorphosis.
Her second self-titled album, which she helped write, was released last September. It's been certified triple platinum in Canada.
She'll continue her tour of Canada with a concert in Kitchener, Ont., on Thursday before returning to Toronto for a sold-out show on Friday.
The rest of the month is filled with more gigs in Ottawa, Montreal, Hamilton and again in Toronto.
Duff said she has an affinity for Canada after living in Toronto for several months shooting the Disney film Cadet Kelly
"I feel so cool when I come here because I know where I want to go and what restaurants I want to eat at," she said. "I support a lot of Canadian bands now."
Hilary Duff's Voice Tops Lindsay's
Aaron Carter, 17, dated both Lindsay Lohan, 18, and Hilary Duff, 17, but so far only Hilary's voice meets his approval. Asked about their singing, Carter opined, "Hilary pulled it off. I don't know about Lindsay. I really have to see her perform live -- I mean live, like I do. All my fans know that I've never used [a vocal] track."
Hilary Duff Concerts to Help Aid Tsunami Victims
Teen actress-singer Hilary Duff is donating a portion of all ticket sales from her sold-out "Most Wanted" tour to aid tsunami relief efforts.
"I, just like everyone else, have watched this terrible tragedy and feel so sorry for the children and the families who have lost so much," Duff said in a statement Monday. "I want to do everything I can to help those that have survived."
Duff, 17, will give the money to Kids With a Cause, which helps children who suffer from poverty, hunger, sickness, lack of education, abandonment, neglect and abuse. The "So Yesterday" singer and "A Cinderella Story" star will present the check to officials at the United Nations in March.
Duff has 15 dates left on her "Most Wanted" tour.
Hilary Duff is a teenage sensation
These times can best be described as pre-war, post-Britney and perhaps all about 15-year-old Hilary Duff, best known for her title role on the Disney Channel's hit television show "Lizzie Maguire." The diminutive actress/dancer/singer is a force to be reckoned with in the business of profitable popularity - her named is underscored with various achievements including a starring role in the Disney Channel's highest-rated original movie, "Cadet Kelly," and a number one song that enjoys heavy rotation on Radio Disney. Yet, unlike the wave of blonde teenage pop stars preceding her, who strategically created a fusion of down-home innocence with cleavage baring raunchiness, Duff seems perfectly content with just being her age. The urgency in her song lyrics, however, conveys the hunger of a renaissance kid on the path to creating her own franchise even before she can legally get behind the wheel to drive. This spring, Duff will become a bona fide icon as Frankie Muniz's onscreen private school sweetheart in Agent Cody Banks. For the record, she does wear a schoolgirl's uniform in the movie, but there is no hint of naughtiness behind the plaid curtains. In fact, Duff's ebullient personality and iconic star power with kids in their 'tweens' bear so much resemblance to another former Disney Channel veteran that one can't help but wonder if she is following in the footsteps of the pop princess.
"I think [Britney Spears] is really cool and I think she's been through a lot and I don't like her music too much. I used to be obsessed," Duff says. "I'm a little older now, but I love her. I think she's beautiful and really cool."
Throughout the interview, the perfectly coifed starlet pulls her knee to her chest and sinks down in her seat to hide her flushed face when embarrassed by questions of boys or her ridiculously high level of success. She invariably begins her sentences with a pensive 'umm' and speaks with such a high-pitched tone that she almost chirps. In fact, she hits every visual cue short of batting her long eyelashes to make the roomful of reporters coo with adoration over Duff's unabashed cuteness.
It seems that every celebrity has a story about precocious talent gestating even from inside the womb. For the native Texan, it was no different. Duff was en pointe dancing in the Columbus Ballet Met touring company of "The Nutcracker" at the age of six. This segued into television commercial appearances and her small screen break in 1999 TV movie, "The Soul Collector." A performance, which peaked the interest of Disney executives who, at the time, was looking for a charismatic lead for show about a shy teenage girl and her animated alter ego. With the toss of her hair and a bubbly giggle, "Lizzie Maguire" was born onto the Disney Channel and soon became its number one hit.
"Lizzie Maguire is kinda' shy. [She is] trying to find her way through life … I would say that Lizzie Maguire is kind of really like an insecure person and she's a little younger than me," says Duff comparing the character she plays with her real self.
Truth be told, Duff, in real life, looks older than fifteen years old. Perhaps her poise and eloquence lends to the illusion, but mostly it's the expectation of actors to be much older than the characters they play (like 31-year-old Selma Blair challenging time by playing characters in their teens). Here, Duff is a kid who plays a kid - this versimilitude is actually quite refreshing especially in an industry dominated by "E! Hollywood True Stories" about childhood stars gone wrong. It's a formula of self-destruction that almost anyone is familiar with - young promising talents who experience too much too fast and get left in the ditches of fame. In adulthood, they seem to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. Duff, on the other hand, does not seem to be encumbered with adolescent angst or cynicism. At a comparable age to Duff, Jody Foster raised eyebrows as a teenage prostitute in Taxi Driver and Kirsten Dunst shared her first onscreen kiss with much older Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire. When asked what her dream role would be, Duff does not finger a director she would like to work with or dream of an Oscar-worthy role.
"I think it would be cool to do a movie like How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days. I love that movie. That's something I would like to do when I'm older - something like that because it's so fun," says Duff with a smile.
Even Duff's charmed life, however, has a few bumps in the road. Her slew of number one hits created some negative press about her credibility and talent. When the subject of this controversy surfaced, Duff sighs heavily.
"I have a song out called, 'I Can't Wait' and it was actually on the 'Lizzie Maguire' album that went gold over Christmastime. That was cool because it was a soundtrack, so that was awesome. The song was number one on Radio Disney for like a couple weeks in a row and they kept saying that just because [I am] on the Disney Channel, [the studio] just put it in. And actually it was a really mean article that someone wrote … It's funny that you pick on a kid my age because I'm on the Disney Channel, sorry!" Duff says with a hint of bitterness bubbling to the surface.
Duff takes it all into stride as she explains that her song reached the top position on the rotation list only because fans would call into the radio station or vote online.
Still, life for the young mogul is coming up dollar signs. Duff's stint on "Lizzie Maguire" is coming to an end this season and will lead up to a feature film in May. Recently, Duff also sealed a two-million dollar deal to star and executive produce A Cinderella Story.
In Agent Cody Banks, Duff plays Natalie Conners, the popular daughter of a scientist and the girl who makes Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) babble like an idiot. Some bad guys manipulate her father's research on nanotechnology to take over the world and she faces the dilemma of falling in love with Banks, being kidnapped and the possibly greater threat of being upstaged by the voluptuous Agent Ronica Miles (Angie Harmon). Don't let all the sugar and spice fool you - Duff's character is the only one to actually kill someone in the movie.
"Isn't that weird? Hello!" she exclaims. "And I didn't even think about it when we were filming. I was just like, `Here' this scene. We're doing this.' And then I saw the movie and I was like, `Dude, I killed someone!' It was really weird, but it was cool! And it was done really tastefully." Duff learned of the part from Muniz, who was making a guest appearance on "Lizzie Maguire." Despite both their demanding time schedules on their respective TV shows, they were able to find enough time to make Agent Cody Banks happen. There are even whispers of sequel circulating around MGM if the film pulls in the numbers that they are expecting. Will Duff be reprising her role?
"No. I don't think so. I don't know. They never bring the girl back, right?"
For the time being, Duff is basking in the light of all her achievements and upcoming projects with or without a reprisal role on the next installment of Agent Cody Banks.
"I have an album coming out in August or September. It doesn't have a name yet, but I'm trying to figure it our because it's kind of a change - something no one's really ever seen me … like it's kind of different from anything I've ever done before."
Is the theme of the album about alienation and angst? Don't count on it. With a movie and an album coming out at relatively the same time later this year, Duff has nothing but sunshine and smooth sailing to look forward to and remember - this young lady can't wait.
Hilary Duff's ''Metamorphosis''
"I’ve always sung, ever since I could talk," says Hilary. "At home, at school, in the choir, everywhere. But about two years ago I decided to be a real singer, and started working with really cool singers, musicians and songwriters. Best of all, I started working in the studio, experimenting and putting material together. I’ve really fallen in love with the studio. I just know that a lot of my fans relate to the album."
What kind of music can fans expect from Hilary on Metamorphosis? A chameleon-like variety of changing moods, from the romantic ballad "Where Did I Go Right?" to the ultimate break up song, "So Yesterday." From the tough-talkin' "Party Up" to the hard rockin' "Little Voice."
"The music on the album is a little different from the pop songs everyone’s heard from me before, because Metamorphosis has all the kinds of music I like to listen to," Hilary explains. "There are a lot of different sounds, from rock to eletronic – with a whole range of tempos from some deep, slow songs, to some high-energy rock songs to give me a boost. Everybody goes through different moods and different feelings and sometimes when you put on your favorite song it makes you feel a little bit better."
The 13 pop-rock songs on Metamorphosis were produced, arranged, written and mixed by the very best in the business. The album’s behind-the-scenes-talent includes Charlie Midnight (Joe Cocker, James Brown, Joni Mitchell) who contributed to nine tracks; The Matrix (Avril Lavigne, Christina Aguilera), the producing masterminds behind "So Yesterday," "Where Did I Go Right?" and "The Math"; Chico Bennett (Madonna, Usher, Destiny’s Child); Matthew Gerrard (Nick Carter); John Shanks (Michelle Branch); Kara DioGuardi (Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias); singer-songwriter-producer Meredith Brooks; plus some of the best pop-rock musicians anywhere.
"Can I tell you how awesome everyone’s been to work with? They are the very best writers and producers and musicians ever, and they’ve been so open to my opinions," Hilary says. "It was important to me that all the songs we recorded really meant something special to me personally. I got to talk with some of the writers and say, 'You know, I feel like this . . .' and they really got it, which is so cool. I loved the whole process. It’s so exciting. I love that the whole album really relates to me and my life."
Two songs were special contributions from Hilary’s number one idol: her talented big sister, Haylie Duff. "Since she knows me better than anyone else in the world, Haylie wrote 'Sweet Sixteen,' a really fun song that totally relates to my life right now. She also came up with 'Inner Strength' and it's really beautiful. Very empowering and uplifting."
Speaking of idols, here's what another one has to say: "Hilary is just completely a light to the world," no less an authority than Britney Spears told Popstar! magazine. "So beautiful and so incredibly sweet. Her music is amazing . . . she should just be herself and never change."
It's difficult to comprehend all that Hilary Duff has accomplished in the past few years. Prior to Metamorphosis, Hilary had already sold 2.2 million albums, spent six weeks in the Billboard Top 10 and earned two platinum album awards. She has starred in one #1 television series, two hit movies, and has already made two more major films (20th Century Fox’s Cheaper By The Dozen with Steve Martin, and Warner Bros.' A Cinderella Story) to be released later this year. Plus, not one but two television specials will honor the big day she turns "Sweet Sixteen."
Not bad for someone who really just wants her driver's license.
Hilary Duff's Cinderella story
She may be a movie star with an album out, but Hilary Duff really relates to her unpopular character in "A Cinderella Story." Sure, she avoided humiliation in high-school hallways — barbs against her just get printed in magazines. But don't feel too sorry for her. As she told MTV News' Kelly Marino, she's got two more films and a two-month tour with her sister to look forward to this year alone.
MTV: This is one of your first leads since "The Lizzie McGuire Movie." Was there anything challenging about playing this part since it is something different for you, and one of your first major movie roles?
Hilary Duff: Not really. It's kind of weird to think of it like that, but I guess it is. Right after I did "Lizzie McGuire," I started making my album, then I did "Cheaper [By the Dozen]" ... so I was constantly working straight through. Then I did "A Cinderella Story." It was challenging because it was a different role for me, but I don't think I really felt the scary pressure of being the lead in the movie.
MTV: The movie deals with kids in high school trying to find themselves, and sometimes being treated as an outcast. Can you relate to this, whether it is in school or being in this business?
Duff: Definitely the reason why I took the movie is because ... I don't necessarily relate to her life, but I do go through a lot of the things she goes through, just in different ways.
Sam, in the movie, she really believed in herself, and she really believed in her goals and went for it. I think that's what makes her so different from a lot of the other Cinderella movies.
MTV: You collaborated with your sister on "Our Lips Are Sealed" for the movie. You guys seem to get along well together, onscreen and off. Do you plan any further collaborations in music or movies?
Duff: Haylie actually wrote two songs for my album Metamorphosis, and she's going to be writing more for this one. I co-wrote a song with her and we did do a remake of "Our Lips Are Sealed." It was so much fun working with her. We get along so well and she's like my best friend. I'm going to have a two-month tour this summer, and she's going to be doing a couple of songs at the beginning of the show. I get to spend time with her, finally.
MTV: What's next?
Duff: I have another movie out [after "A Cinderella Story"]. It's called "Raise Your Voice," and it's with Rita Wilson, John Corbett and Oliver James.
It's about a young girl who — actually, I don't want to give too much of the story away. She is an aspiring songwriter, and she's stuck in this really small town. Her parents are very closed-minded, and she wants to go to this performing-arts school over the summertime in Los Angeles, but her dad won't really let her go. She has to deal with her brother dying, and it's kind of her fault. It's very dramatic, but she ends up succeeding in the end, after lots of struggles and stuff.
And then "The Perfect Man" comes out, and that's with Heather Locklear and Christopher Noth. And then a two-month tour over the summer, and then my album comes out, on my birthday.
MTV: You've made movies, released a record, have a clothing line ... is there anything else out there that you are going to try and conquer?
Duff: I don't know. There's definitely dreams and other things I have aspirations for, like "I want to do this" or "I want to do that," but right now I'm pretty satisfied. I just want to keep working at what I'm doing, and try and just keep getting better and better at it. I'm really lucky to have gotten to do so many things at such a young age. Hopefully, I can just keep doing it.
Hilary Duff is not just for kids
Hilary Duff is ready to commit suicide. OK, maybe she isn't totally sold on the idea of slashing her wrists or leaping out a window, but she's thought about it. Or rather she's thinking about considering it.
Hilary gets a lot of scripts these days — which her mom (hey, she is just 17) and her dialog coach meticulously sort through — but one project in particular recently caught her eye. It would offer her the chance to play someone a bit dark, a bit edgy and, well, a bit suicidal.
"I don't want to say the name of the script, because it's not, like, a done deal or anything," Duff said cautiously, shortly after finishing up a recent photo shoot. "But it's more of an independent movie. It wouldn't be, like, a big box-office thing. ... [The main character] has this horrible life. And she talks about some really weird things. And she's just kind of really out there. ... It's very dark, but it's funny at the same time."
Wait a minute. Will the world embrace Hilary Duff — you know, Lizzie f'n McGuire — in a black-humor indie drama? Well, stranger things have happened. The Houston-born actress isn't old enough to drive, yet she's already the "tween" queen of an empire that includes books, games, clothes, a top 10 soundtrack and a hit flick all based around the Disney Channel's "Lizzie McGuire," which she started making at 13.
These days, when Duff hits the streets, it's not quite Beatlemania, but the ensuing preteen fan frenzy could give any "Beverly Hills, 90210" star flashbacks to 1993.
To put it simply, little Hilary Duff is huge.
"When I was in New York, when I did 'TRL,' the next day I did a signing and there were what, like 4,000 people?" she said, checking with her dialog coach as he drove her down the freeway. "Yeah, there were 4,000 people crowding the streets. They had to shut the streets down. Some people were out there since like 3 in the morning, which was really cool. And they flew in from all different places.
It definitely makes it really hard to go shopping or to the movies, or — I mean, it makes it really hard to go out. But it's really cool at the same time, because these people are the people that let me do what I love to do every single day. It does get hard sometimes, but it's nice and it's rewarding."
Over a crackling cell phone connection, Duff spoke with all the bubbling enthusiasm one might expect from any actress whose first starring vehicle just made nearly $40 million in four weeks. On this particular day, she was on her way to the set of a Steve Martin-led remake of the 1950 comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen," and later she'll hit a recording studio to continue work on her debut album. "[My life] is very crazy and busy," she acknowledged, "but I love it that way. And I love to be on the edge and have so much stuff to do."
And Duff's no dummy. She reportedly just severed ties with the Disney folks when they refused to pay her boatloads of cash to make a "Lizzie McGuire" sequel and "only" offered to up her per-episode salary from $15,000 to $35,000. She's furiously pushing ahead because, let's face it, most kids who get this big this fast don't stick around. She is, by all accounts, as squeaky clean a role model as the middle school gal she played on TV, but that doesn't mean she isn't savvy.
So just how does she intend to weather the transition from lunchbox icon to credible thespian?
It's important to remember that while tabloid TV shows are chock full of child stars gone horribly awry, from drunken binges and rehab to robbery and more, in the fast-moving, career-obsessed world of Hollywood there's no greater "crime" than the unintended disappearance act. Everyone remembers the dual crash and burn of Corey Haim and Corey Feldman with a degree of nostalgia, but if she isn't careful, "Lizzie McGuire" could suffer the same fate as the chick from "Punky Brewster" — here today, forgotten tomorrow.
One factor that points to her possible staying power, though, is that despite the fact that "Lizzie McGuire" centered on a schoolgirl's trials and tribulations, not all of Hilary Duff's fans are kids. "The thing with me is that 'Lizzie McGuire' started out having a younger audience," Duff said, "but then as the show kept going on, older and older people would come up to me telling me how much they love my show — like college students.
"I definitely think that going on and pursuing a movie career, I have to pick projects that don't talk down to the younger audience, because they're definitely important, but that can [also] expand the audience into older kids."
And luckily, Duff said, she's got a support system in place (remember that coach and her mom?) that assists in navigating her choices. "I definitely have a great team around me that helps me make very wise decisions. If I didn't have people around me telling me smart choices to make, then I definitely wouldn't be where I am right now.
"I definitely make decisions for myself, though," she added. "I have to follow what I feel is right for me. You just have to make sure you always pick great projects."
Her mom was there, of course, when Hilary landed a job with a touring ballet company at age 6, followed by a commercial, television roles and flicks like the straight-to-video "Casper Meets Wendy" and later the big-screen "Agent Cody Banks." She still lives with her parents, her musician older sister and her two dogs, dividing time between Texas and California. And even as her professional life continues to gather momentum, her family provides her with some needed balance — sometimes in creative ways.
"I have a song, actually, called 'I Need a Sunday,' that my sister wrote for me," Hilary said. "And it's totally relating to my life, about how it's just crazy and hectic and busy and how I just need some time to breathe. But it's really cool and it talks about how much I love it — the hectic mess — but it just gets crazy. It talks a lot about my personal life."
Though "Lizzie McGuire" provided her with the chance to make music — from the Christmas-themed Santa Claus Lane album that featured guest appearances by Lil' Romeo and Christina Milian, to her hit song from "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" soundtrack that's burning up "TRL" — Duff is hoping that her forthcoming full-length will give people a chance to see her as more than just her former Disney character.
Hilary Duff is not a typical 17-year old girl
You're the only sunny blond pop star still standing, you're close to your family, you make sweet and safe movies and music for the tween set, and even when you wear so-brown-it's-black nail polish and a Motörhead concert tee, you still don't pull off pouty.
We get it, Hilary Duff, you're nice.
You're the only sunny blond pop star still standing, you're close to your family, you make sweet and safe movies and music for the tween set, and even when you wear so-brown-it's-black nail polish and a Motörhead concert tee, you still don't pull off pouty.
We get it, Hilary Duff, you're nice.
Looking at the way most pop stars present themselves, it's easy to think that dressed = kiddie artist, undressed = adult artist. Duff, however, doesn't see sex as being synonymous with growth.
"Certain artists my age who are going through this phase of not wanting a younger audience or not wanting people their age to like them or trying to get a more male-oriented audience will take their clothes off, and I definitely don't think that's a sign of maturity," she says matter-of-factly. "But I also think that if they feel comfortable doing stuff like that, then more power to them."
"Because of the business that I'm in, I've definitely grown up a little bit faster. I don't know if I really feel the same emotions as a [regular] 17-year-old, like I'm mad at the world or people don't understand or I hate my parents. I don't feel those things," Duff says. "I feel other things. Sometimes I cry because I'll be so overwhelmed with all the stuff that I have to do, but with my job I get some incredible things that other people might not experience, so I try not to take things too seriously."
OK, so when was the last time Hilary didfeel like a typical 17-year-old? "I pulled into my garage and I scratched up my car really bad," Duff explains. "I started crying. I was so worked up about it. I was like, 'Oh my God, my new car.' It was an accident and I didn't mean to do it and it's not like I hit anybody else. I can have it fixed and it's not a big problem. But I was so afraid that I was going to get in trouble. Then I caught myself and was like, 'What am I doing?' And I started laughing at myself."
The time she felt like a 17-year-old before that was, well, on her 17th birthday: September 28, 2004. Another momentous occasion that took place on the same day was the release of Hilary's second, self-titled album.
Like most musicians who prove they can move their debut CDs, Hilary was given more freedom this time around. While recording Hilary Duff she took more control and made a tougher album than 2003's Metamorphosis. Though, in all fairness, as catchy as Metamorphosis was, two kittens in a basket would be heavier.
"So many people think that this album is showing a different side of me, but that's not really what it is," she says. "I think it's just more me this time because I got to really do it how I wanted to."
Instead of going for shock value or proving a point, Hilary started writing some songs, had her sister Haylie help her write others, and addressed some of the personal — though public — experiences she's had over the last year. Like her relationship with Lindsay Lohan.
C'mon, you knew that was coming. And if you didn't, catch up quick: Aaron Carter dated both girls, Lohan first. When she found out Hilary was his new girl, it was game on.
On "Haters," the cheeky anthem directed at Duff's detractors, Hilary doesn't come right out and say the song is about her tabloid rival, but it's hard not to connect the dots. On the track, Duff sings, "You look so clean but you spread your dirt as if you think that words don't hurt ... You're the queen of superficiality/ Keep your lies out of my reality ... You say your boyfriend's sweet and kind/ But you've still got your eyes on mine."
"I love the song," Hilary says. "I wrote it, it was my idea. I think at the time I was feeling like I had to talk so much about my personal life because people make accusations and there are lies and rumors constantly. I think that song really just came to me because I was feeling like people are so negative. They love to read what's coming out next on Page Six [of the New York Post] and I just felt like it was appropriate. I also felt like normal girls could relate to that, what with school and how people backstab each other and talk bad about each other and how much petty stuff goes on."
Still, Hilary's sweetness shines through when she sings, "Talk about exterminating, not the haters, just the hating."
"Honestly, the stuff with Lindsay Lohan ... I don't know her," Duff continues. "I've met her like, two or three times in real life. It just seems like every single time that I'm at the same place she is, a new article comes out. I once said she left nasty messages on my answering machine, which is 100 percent true, and she said something like, "Oh, that girl's got a creative imagination." Like, where would I come up with something like that? Do they think that I'm schizo or something to make up something like that?"
While Hilary clearly doesn't deny any past friction with Lindsay Lohan, she's ready to put it behind her and invokes a unifying spirit strangely similar to what Lohan's character Cady Heron espoused at the end of "Mean Girls." Basically, can't we all just get along?
"I'm thinking to myself how much easier it would be if we could all just be friends," Duff says. "Friendly acquaintances. I don't hold grudges. I don't like all the drama that goes on."
Hilary's favorite track on the album seems to make reference to the person who got her and Lindsay into this position in the first place: Aaron Carter. The lyrics to "Mr. James Dean" go "Another James Dean? You're nothing like him ... I saw right through your eyes and you're just not so deep/ I've had too many cries/ Mr. Prince Charming? Sorry, you could never be ... Now you move to the next town, next girl/ Have fun baby, I'm taking back my world."
Her official stance? "Uh oh. I don't think that I can tell who it is, but it was definitely an experience that I went through that was interesting and I learned a lot from that time in my life. I think the song is very funny when I think about it."
Even though Duff stands up for herself and her beliefs on the record, revealing too much of her personal life to the media has burned her — just as it has every other celebrity — before. Between the attention this alleged love triangle got and her 30-second beef with Avril when she thought Duff accused her of disrespecting her fans, Hilary is conscious and wary of the pressure people put on her and her peers to fit into a certain mold — which is true of superstars and regular teenagers alike.
"It's like, we can't be normal people anymore," she says, "because people always watch what we're doing and you can never show how you feel because if you have one bad day or you don't feel like smiling and being all bubbly and energetic, you read in the paper the next day what a brat you are."
Oh, but Hilary, the nicest brat.
Lizzie McGuire starring Hilary Duff on DVD now
The #1 Cable show for girls comes to DVD in a must have collection! LIZZIE McGUIRE DVD BOX SET Volume One features the first twenty-two of Lizzie's fun adventures from the hit Disney Channel series "Lizzie McGuire." This hip, upbeat show stars Hilary Duff as Lizzie, a teen navigating the ups and downs of middle school, trendy styles and growing up while her animated alter ego gives hilarious observations. This DVD set also features audio commentaries on select episodes from cast members. As well, there is the "Teen Attitude" featurette on getting the Lizzie look, hot Hollywood hair tips and dishing the dirt. Available on November 23, 2004 from Buena Vista Home Entertainment for a four-disc DVD box set.
Hilary Duff is one of Hollywood's fastest rising stars. An MTV favorite, Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Award winner and named one of the top 25 teens in Teen People magazine, the multimedia sensation has starred in and recorded the soundtrack for A Cinderella Story. Duff has also starred in such box office smashes as The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Cheaper by the Dozen and Agent Cody Banks. Hilary Duff has been the star of the Disney Channel's hit Lizzie McGuire series. Hilary Duff is also a successful recording artist, and her music career is in high gear. Her recent concert tour was filmed for the DVD Hilary Duff: The Girl Can Rock.
Duff Slams Lohan Song Rumors
Teen singer and actress HILARY DUFF has rubbished reports she's hit out at LINDSAY LOHAN in a song on her latest album.
It was widely reported that the LIZZIE McGUIRE blonde, 17, had been enemies with the 18-year-old MEAN GIRLS star since they discovered they were dating pop heart-throb AARON CARTER at the same time last year (03).
But she insists she's indifferent towards Lohan because they don't know each other, and she's adamant her song, HATERS, from her eponymous second album, is not an act of revenge towards the MEAN GIRLS actress, despite verses like, "You say your boyfriend's sweet and kind/ But you've still got your eyes on mine."
Hilary Duff will tour Canada in 2005
Teen pop sensation Hilary Duff will play a whole bunch of Christmas concerts next month in the States to promote her recently released self-titled sophomore album, but it also looks like she'll be back in Canada before we know it.
It's no secret that the squeaky-clean pop star is well-liked in this country — her latest album debuted at #1 on the Canadian SoundScan chart and her appearances on MuchMusic always attract huge crowds of screaming fans. Duff, or "Hil" as her friends call her, is set to celebrate the New Year in the best way she knows how — she's going on tour and has announced eight Canadian dates so far for January 2005. The upcoming dates are a chance for Duff to showcase the material from her new self-titled album, which features a collaboration with her older sister Haylie. Even though the songs are supposed to be edgier and more mature, Hil's fans are still largely comprised of the 12-and-under crew.
Hilary Duff debut album ''Metamorphosis''
Now this is more like it. The first album from Hilary Duff, the blond Disney princess, "Metamorphosis," was a tentative effort, a musical finger-painting.
One got the sense that the "Lizzie McGuire" star had taken up a recording career merely because she could. CDs? One more product line for this sparkly performer to put her brand on. Her eponymous second collection is a vast improvement. With 17 tracks, it's an uneven, overstuffed collection, but Duff is clearly taking the process seriously. This is a far more textured and dynamic production with a handful of keepers, from the moody anthem "Fly" to the noisy and satisfying ballad "Cry" and the surprisingly sinewy "Rock This World."
Certainly, slammers such as "Mr. James Dean," "I Am" and "Haters" will play better onstage than her earlier material. Duff still relies too much on forced and formulaic midtempo tunes, but even simpy ballads such as "Hide Away" pack a little guitar grit into the chorus. Her voice is still breathy and vaporous, but here, too, there is progress. Believe it or not, Duff approximates a snarl on "Who's That Girl?" This praise is relative. This disc is too superficial for serious music fans, but it's far meatier than what Duff's prepubescent fan base demands or merits. The 17-year-old actress-singer has come a long way in a short time. C+
Hilary Duff hates the tabloids
From her early beginnings as TV's Lizzie McGuire, Hilary Duff has added film actress, singer, and fashion entrepreneur to her repertoire. Duff has become Hollywood's latest triple threat. She is 17 years old. Duff discussed her career and it didn't take long for her feelings toward the tabloid media to come up. With Duff's growing fame she has had to learn to tolerate the attentions of the press, but she can't hold back, "I hate them, she says. "They follow you! I've had nine cars on me for six hours, no joke." She continues, "It's sick when the tabloids are criticizing people for what they wear, saying that they're not skinny enough. Everyone feels so much pressure to look a certain way." And regarding the obsessive chronicling of her love life, she adds, "Joel [from Good Charlotte] and I hung out in Toronto and then all of a sudden I read that we were making out everywhere, heavy canoodling. It's hard because it ruins the friendship."
Though life may be sweet for Duff by any teenager's estimation, it's definitely not simple. The tabloid trauma, she says, is "the worst part of the job." It makes enjoyable pastimes like shopping a chore. But she admits she can cherry pick from the latest collections by Marc Jacobs or Chanel when she does need a new dress. "I get so much that other girls don't," she admits. Despite the impositions of the tabloids and the constant stalking by the press, Duff swears she would never quit. "Working is what makes me really happy," she says. It's like when she was a little girl, new to L.A., going on three or four auditions a day, "I always loved the challenge of seeing how far you can get." She's certainly not done yet. Duff is busy with two new film projects and plans to start touring in April to support her self-titled second album. One project ahead is a co-starring role with sister Halie titled Material Girls. "Halie is really funny," she says "Her comedic timing is crazy." The two will star as siblings who have a lot of money. Like the Hiltons? "You didn't hear that from me," Duff says with a coy smile.
Hilary Duff reveals who she really is
We get it, Hilary Duff, you're nice. You're the only sunny blond pop star still standing, you're close to your family, you make sweet and safe movies and music for the tween set, and even when you wear so-brown-it's-black nail polish and a Motörhead concert tee, you still don't pull off pouty.
The thing is, with perhaps the exception of Avril Lavigne and Lindsay Lohan, no one's complaining. The story of teen star tiring of her girl-next-door image only to affect a more extreme, sexy one for the second album is played out by now. Ditto the "girl on the brink of self-destruction" and the "out-of-control party girl." But what is the media to do if a chart-topping teen star doesn't offer much in the way of tabloid fodder or not-a-girl-not-yet-a-woman angst or a dark side simmering beneath her seemly surface? And what if she also doesn't conform to the other extreme stereotype, that of a corny goody two-shoes who regular teenagers can't or don't want to relate to?
Ask Hilary Duff. She's charming and adorable, outspoken without being preachy, a good girl without being unrealistically restrained. But mostly, she's a regular 17-year-old. And while that makes it tough to slap on her the "perfect good girl" or "dirty bad girl" label that inevitably gets assigned to all female pop stars, it's also what makes her so popular.
"In some magazines, they almost want me to deny what I am, and I never do that because I really am comfortable with myself," she says. "I am a good girl. I'm not going to try to prove to anybody else that I'm not this clean-cut type of person, because I am. I'm not crazy out there partying all the time. When I have time off, I like to go out to clubs sometimes, but that's not a 'bad girl' thing to do, that's just fun. And I definitely don't dress in turtlenecks, but because I don't take my clothes off and show everything I have doesn't mean that I'm mot a grow-up.''
Looking at the way most pop stars present themselves, it's easy to think that dressed = kiddie artist, undressed = adult artist. Duff, however, doesn't see sex as being synonymous with growth.
"Certain artists my age who are going through this phase of not wanting a younger audience or not wanting people their age to like them or trying to get a more male-oriented audience will take their clothes off, and I definitely don't think that's a sign of maturity," she says matter-of-factly. "But I also think that if they feel comfortable doing stuff like that, then more power to them." Accelerated maturity — for better or for worse, and whether the expression of it is role-model-worthy or not — is something all starlets deal with at some point. But unlike some of her peers, who ironically end up seeming immature as they try too hard to demonstrate how grown up they are, Hilary shows a self-awareness and honesty that reveals a young woman who really is coming into her own.
Common misspellings: "Hillary Duff", "Hilery Duffe", "Hilarie Duf", "Hillery Duff".