For years, weíve watched Hilary Duff survive middle school on Lizzie McGuire. Now, Lizzieís about to move on to high school, and Hilaryís got some exciting new plans herself!
IML: How is Natalie, your character in Agent Cody Banks, different from Lizzie McGuire?
Hilary: Itís really cool because when I finished the last season of Lizzie McGuire, we wrapped during the day and that night I flew to Vancouver, and then went to work on Cody Banks the next day. It was rushed but it was cool. Natalie is the popular girl at school and she has everything going for her and sheís really independent. She didnít have a mom and she took care of the household situation with her dad. That made it very different because Lizzie McGuire has the whole family environment going on. Lizzieís also very insecure and sheís not the ďcool girlĒ at school. Thatís how they were different.
IML: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Hilary: Thatís so far away, but hopefully I will be doing the same thing I am now! I donít know if Iíll be able to keep doing it and thatís why school is important. Iím singing now and my album will be out in August or September, so thatís fun. My sister also sings and sheís writing a lot for my album.
IML: Do you have plans to join forces and sing with your sister?
Hilary: We havenít found a song thatís really cool for us to do together. But I definitely think if I go on tour, I want her to come with me and perform some.
IML: Would you like to go on tour, if you had the chance?
Hilary: Iím dying to go on tour! I go out of town now to do a lot of movies because most movies are going out of town now. Itís hard because Iím away from my friends all the time and Iím 15 years old. I think going on tour and going to all those cities and countries would be really cool, though.
IML: Do you practice in your hotels with a hair dryer as a microphone?
Hilary: Definitely I have! Every girl has, I think.
IML: Whatís your style of music?
Hilary: Itís definitely not pop, but itís definitely not hard core rock. Itís somewhere in between.
IML: How do you get along with your sister?
Hilary: Weíre really close. When she got her car, she started driving me everywhere. She turned 18 in February and her name is Hailey. We do everything together and sheís my best friend. We fight and bicker, but usually about ďYou stole my clothes!Ē or ďYou stole my makeup.Ē It makes me sad to see that some of my friends arenít that close with their siblings. Theyíll fight all the time. My sister and I have a really cool relationship. My mom was worried that when Hailey turned 18, she would want to move out of the house. But we just bought a house in California and thereís a guest house in the back, and Hailey feels like itís cool to live there.
IML: Would your relationship be different if you werenít acting?
Hilary: Everyone always says, ďYou have the TV show. Donít you guys get jealous of each other?Ē Itís not like that at all. Weíre both really supportive and close. If we ever get into fights, itís because she stole my clothes and I stole her makeup or something. Itís cool that sheís writing for my album because she has a really special talent for that.
IML: Youíve said in the past that volunteering is really important to you. What type of volunteering have you done recently?
Hilary: I feel bad because Iíve been out of town working so much that I havenít had too much time like I did before. When Iím in town we do hospital visits to sick kids. Itís called Kids With A Cause and itís a non-profit organization and itís cool because all of the money we make goes to the kids. 100% of it. If Iím in New York, maybe Iíll have time to go to a hospital and see kids. Itís all over the country. Thereís one in New York and one in LA that we go to a lot. We also get groups together from less fortunate homes who have never been able to go to a theme park and we just hang out and be like a normal kid. We get food for them and clothes.
IML: Did your parents encourage you to volunteer when you were younger?
Hilary: My mom is into charity. If we have a dinner party or a birthday party, she tells people, ďDonít bring presents for us, bring diapers or something so we can give it away.Ē I think the influence from my parents started it for me and my sister. Itís really important to give back.
IML: Does your mom help you decide who to give back to?
Hilary: She always asks me first. Sheís usually dead on and we know each other so well. My parents are so supportive of us. My mom goes with me every time I go out of town and every time I work she is there. Most kids my age donít get along with their parents at all, and itís creepy because my mom and I are really close and we do everything together.
IML: What qualities in a guy are most important to you?
Hilary: He has to be tall, pretty tall. He has to make me laugh and he has to be smart. He canít spend more time in front of the mirror than I do. Thatís definitely important. Itís hard because Iím only 15.
IML: We hear youíre into some cool sports. What are your favorites?
Hilary: I actually am! I like gymnastics a lot, and swimming.
IML: What do you like about gymnastics?
Hilary: Itís a big release for me. I have a trampoline in my backyard so I can go out there and go crazy.
IML: How do you stay in touch with your friends when youíre working so much?
Hilary: Itís hard because I go out of town so much and I donít really have a lot of time to spend with my friends, but they understand that Iím working and I love to work. Thatís definitely important but theyíre awesome and I love them. When Iím home I get to spend as much time with them as possible.
IML: What do you think it means for a girl to be strong?
Hilary: I think it means, especially with guys, that you have to stand your ground. Itís like the expression: ďIf you donít stand for something, youíll fall for everything.Ē
IML: If you werenít a celebrity, what do you think youíd be doing?
Hilary: I always wanted to be a veterinarian when I was younger, but then I figured out that animals actually die there, so that was not the job for me.
Definitely something with kids or animals or something like that.
IML: Is there a Lizzie McGuire movie in the works?
Hilary: Yes, there is and it will be out May 2, 2003. There are four episodes of Lizzie McGuire which havenít aired yet, and the last one leads up to the movie, which shows us graduating to high school. The movie picks up where the TV show ends off. The class gets to go to Rome and thereís all sorts of adventures.
IML: Will Frankie Muniz be in the Lizzie McGuire movie?
Hilary: No, I donít think so. He made appearances in the show. It was cool because I got to work with him again.
IML: Is there a special bond with Frankie since you are both young stars in this business?
Hilary: I think so. Frankie is a little older than me, but weíve known each other for a long time. I think I met him right when he was filming the pilot for Malcolm In The Middle. Itís cool because weíre kind of the same age, but Iím bitter that he can drive already and I canít!
IML: Are you surprised at how popular Lizzie McGuire has become?
Hilary: I think so. I never thought that would happen or this would happen. Iím shocked. Iíd say shocked more than surprised.
IML: Were you prepared for the huge fan base?
Hilary: No, not at all. I kind of guessed it but especially when the show first came out. A couple of people would recognize me here and there. Now, going to restaurants is hard or going to the mall is hard. Itís very cool though. Itís nice to know that people like the show and they like what youíre doing. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment.
IML: Now that you get recognized, have you had to change your lifestyle?
Hilary: I can go to malls but itís hard. If Iím in a rush and I want to go to certain stores, I canít. But itís not a bad thing. It makes it worse if you wear a hat or scarf because people are like ďOh, thatís herĒ. But itís cool and I like it.
IML: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Hilary: Iím a totally normal kid. People donít think that, because Iím on TV. When I come home I have to take the trash out and feed my dog and make my bed. Then I want to hang out with my friends and shop and Iím really just totally normal.
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