Miley Cyrus had her second Disney guest of the week, Lizzie McGuire’s Hilary Duff, on her Instagram Live show Bright Minded today, two days after Cyrus hosted her co-star Emily Osment. The reunion got emotional when the Hannah Montana actress told Duff that she was her idol—and the reason Cyrus auditioned for Disney.
The two discussed Duff’s life along with why she got into acting. Duff also revealed she’s working on her product lines Happy Little Campers (diapers) and Veeda (feminine care products), and will be shooting Younger once the coronavirus pandemic ends. (“I’m supposed to be shooting Younger right now but obviously we’re paused from that and hopefully we’ll pick up as soon as we’re all able to leave our house,” she said.) They did not address the status of Disney+’s up-in-the-air Lizzie McGuire revival.
The two’s sweetest moment came at the end of the call when Cyrus told Duff that she inspired her career. Duff’s response back to Cyrus was just as gushing.
Cyrus said, “I wanted to say that I came to your concert when I was 11, and I told you that I wore a plaid skirt to the show because you wore a plaid skirt and Uggs and from the nosebleed seats, I was hoping you’d notice me and be like, ‘girl, nice Uggs!’ I don’t know what I was thinking but I was obsessed with your t-shirt. It was bedazzled and said ‘Nashville,’ and I immediately went and bought a bedazzler and I stayed up jeweling everything that I owned and then I flew to LA like almost immediately so I could audition for Disney, and I ended up getting the role, but the only reason I wanted it was so I could do whatever you did. And so really, I don’t think I gave a shit about being an actress or a singer. I just wanted to copy you no matter what. So I just wanted to say thank you again for just inspiring me, and I would never be sitting here, being able to be a light if it wasn’t for you and you showing me how to do that. So I’m just so happy I could have you on the show.” Cyrus then asked Duff if she had any message for her fans about what she was working on.
Duff started her response with equally heartfelt praise of Cyrus. “First of all, you’re so sweet, and I feel like I’ve known you for such a long time, and just to hear you say that, I feel like you have been such a bright light, and you have made so many choices that have been so bold, and you have been an inspiration to all of us. And you continue to be so I can’t even believe what you’re saying to me. It’s so sweet and so kind, but really, I think that you know, I totally look to you for inspiration on how to be cool and what to wear and what you’re doing and all of this shit.”
You can watch Cyrus’ full Bright Minded episode on her Instagram now.
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Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).