Hilary Duff is a rarity in the post-Disney child star world. From 2001 to 2004 she starred in 65 episodes of the breakout hit, The Lizzie McGuire Show, followed by a movie spin-off that grossed over $42 million at the box office. Like other Disney stars she went onto find success in the music world with three albums that gave us candy pop classics like Come Clean, So Yesterday, Beat of my Heart, Fly, Sweet Sixteen.
Unlike Demi Lovato, Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, and even The Jonas Brothers, Duff has always maintained a shouldn’t-be-surprising , but is, level of normalcy. She’s seemingly well adjusted and never fell victim to the child star curse. There were no DUIs, stints in rehabs, public breakdowns, embarrassing photos, or sex tapes.
How did she make it through without becoming a statistic making headlines for the wrong reasons? Now, 26, a wife to Canadian hockey star Mike Comrie and mother to a 20-month old son, Luca, the actress reflects: “It’s too hard to try to explain that, I don’t have a good reason for it. I think you are who you are a little bit. I also have a pretty strong family who doesn’t let me think I’m too cool – ever. I tried to not run in certain crowds, I tried to keep my life private.”;
In 2008, the star stepped away from the spotlight, taking a professional hiatus, by choice, and she says that time helped her transition into life as an adult: “I worked for so long, it was just time for me to do life stuff… I think a big part of me taking that big break was seeing myself not enjoying what I was doing anymore, not getting on the wrong track, I just needed to stop it, so I stopped it. I think that helped me really get in touch with who I am, and what I love and who I want to be and all these things are important for growing as an adult.”;
For those who weren’t so lucky, Hilary has sympathy and admits growing up with everyone watching, while navigating through the highs and lows that come along with fame, isn’t as easy as it looks.
“A lot of the stories are quite sad and I feel bad for them because I know what this industry can do to you and how it can get to you and the pressure is huge… It’s constant scrutiny and pressure and people staring at you and always hoping you’re making the right choice for your career, not messing up. It’s a lot. I think everyone just does the best they can.”;
Hilary may have been gone for a little while, but she definitely has not been forgotten, with over 8 million Twitter followers, who are eagerly waiting for new music. She says her first single should arrive by spring and describes her sound as fun, upbeat, “dancy’ and earthy. But after a hiatus, she does admit, she’s nervous about making a pop-music comeback.
“There’s still that fear there that maybe it won’t work like it did before, I don’t know! I just have to put my best efforts forth and try to be me and hope that’s what works. I’m happy with or without it, but I want it!”;