Date of Birth 28 September 1987, Houston, Texas, USA
Birth Name Hilary Erhard Duff
Height 5′ 2″ (1.57 m)
Hilary Erhard Duff was born on September 28, 1987 in Houston, Texas, to Susan Duff (née Cobb) and Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in convenience store chain. When Hilary was six, she had been traveling in the Cechetti Ballet with her sister Haylie Duff but decided she wanted to fulfill her dream of acting. Her first part was in the mini-series True Women (1997), but her first starring role was as “Ellie” in The Soul Collector (1999), for which she won a Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress) Young Artist Award. Hilary also starred in Casper Meets Wendy (1998) in 1998, in which she played the young witch “Wendy”.
Success came again as she took the role of the starring title character “Lizzie McGuire” in the #1 hit Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire (2001). “Lizzie” was extremely successful and spawned The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003).
The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) was released to theaters on May 2nd, 2003, grossing an impressive US$42 million domestically. Hilary also appeared in Agent Cody Banks (2003) in 2003. Additionally, Hilary is storming the music charts, with singles “So Yesterday” and “Come Clean” settling nicely into the top 40. Hilary’s first album, “Metamorphosis”, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, and eventually ascended to #1 in the following weeks. To date, it has sold more than 2 million copies. Although she toured the USA in support of “Metamorphosis”, Hilary hasn’t discarded her film career. A Cinderella Story (2004), co-starring Chad Michael Murray, hit theaters on July 19th. The Perfect Man (2005) and Raise Your Voice (2004) opened in 2005. Hilary was the 2004 international spokesperson of “Kids With A Cause”, a charity organization that specializes in poverty-stricken children. Her other film credits include Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), Human Nature (2001), Cadet Kelly (2002) and True Women (1997).
Hilary continues guest-starring on TV shows, filming movies, recording albums and doing television concerts.
Strawberry blonde hair
Younger sister of actress Haylie Duff. Daughter of film producer Susan Duff and Bob Duff, who owns a chain of convenience stores in Houston, Texas.
Was dropped from the cast of Daddio (2000) prior to the show airing. Depressed, Duff was reluctant to pursue her acting career further. A week later, she landed the title role of a newly developed Disney Channel children’s television series Lizzie McGuire (2001).
Her first magazine cover was the April 2002 issue of Popstar magazine.
Shot the music video to her song “So Yesterday” on Venice Beach in Marina Del Rey, California.
Rolling Stone proclaimed her “Teenager of the Year” in 2003.
Was rated the #1 Hottest Teen Female Star for 2003 based on her acting, singing, public appearances, and charity work.
Accepted the lead role in A Cinderella Story (2004) because Charles Perrault’s story “Cinderella” was her favorite fairy tale when she was growing up.
Her favorite films are Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999).
Was home schooled since at the age of 10. Took two online correspondence courses via the Harvard Extension School. (2005).
Worked for the charity Kids With a Cause, which helps children stricken by poverty, hunger, sickness, a lack of education, abandonment, neglect and/or abuse, since it was founded in September 1999, and served as the 2004 Official International Spokesperson for the non-profit organization.
In preparation for her driving test, she drove herself between filming locations during principal photography for A Cinderella Story (2004).
Her debut album, Metamorphosis, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and sold selling 203,000 copies in its first week, becoming the highest opening week sales figure for a debut album by a female artist in 2003. In its second week of release, the album went to #1. The album became the eighth best selling album of 2003 in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan, selling 2.6 million copies in a period of five months.
Was first offered the role of Mary Elizabeth “Lola” Cep in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), but Lindsay Lohan was cast instead.
Covered the song “Our Lips Are Sealed” by The Go-Go’s with sister Haylie Duff for the A Cinderella Story (2004)-soundtrack. Her and Haylie also covered “Material Girls” by Madonna for their film Material Girls (2006).
Her favorite episode of her hit show Lizzie McGuire (2001) is Lizzie McGuire: First Kiss (2002), where her character Lizzie falls in love with the paperboy and shares a kiss with him.
For her 17th birthday, her sister arranged a trip to Mexico for her and two friends. Also on that day, Duff released her eponymous second studio album. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and sold 192,000 copies in its first week.
Her first clothing line, Stuff By Hilary Duff, was launched in 2004. Initially started as a clothing line, the company expanded its business into furniture, fragrances, and jewelry, targeted at the teen and preteen demographic, the line grossed more than $5 million in its first year. The line was officially discontinued, in 2008, since Duff didn’t have full control of the line anymore.
Was ranked at #46 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Richest Rockers. (2004).
She enjoys gymnastics, swimming, reading, singing, writing, and hanging out with older sister, Haylie Duff.
One of Teen People 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 .
One of Teen People 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 .
Was named one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People. .
Stated in an interview that her favorite movie she has filmed was The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003).
Released Most Wanted, a compilation album, on August 10, 2005. In the United States, Most Wanted debuted at number one, with sales of over 208,000 units. It became her first album to debut at the top, and her second album to top the chart after Metamorphosis (2003). In September 2005, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIIA) for shipments of over one million copies.
Got into singing after watching her sister, Haylie Duff, perform.
Was ranked on Rolling Stone’s 50 Richest Rockers. The list reported that Duff made $17.1 million. Duff was the youngest person on the list and was joined by music heavyweights U2 and the Rolling Stones. (2006).
Was mentioned in Eminem’s song, “Ass Like That”.
Duff has involved herself with various philanthropic activities. For natural disasters, she donated $250,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina in addition to donating over 2.5 million meals to Hurricane Katrina victims in southern US in 2005. In August 2006, Duff traveled to a New Orleans elementary school and worked with USA Harvest to distribute meals.
“With Love… Hilary Duff” was Duff’s first fragrance and is distributed by the Elizabeth Arden company. The fragrance was a huge success for Duff, becoming one of the three best-selling fragrances launched at U.S. department stores in late 2006.
Released her third studio album, Dignity, on April 3, 2007. Between the releases of her previous studio album, Hilary Duff (2004) and this album, Duff had an eventful personal life; she was stalked by a man who threatened her life, her parents separated and she broke up with her boyfriend. Instead of mainly selecting songs and only writing a few, as she did with her previous records, she contributed to the writing of all but one song.
Good friends with costumer Sommer Terry.
She made the Forbes list of richest young stars under 25, she made $15 million for the year of 2005. She beat out rival stars like Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes.
A huge fan of Janis Joplin.
Was considered for the role of Tibby in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005). The role went to Amber Tamblyn.
Named #58 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006” supplement. (2006).
Ranked #23 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 Women of 2007 list.
Ranked #72 on the Forbes Power 100 for 2007.
Was ranked #7 on Forbes List of The 20 Top-Earning Young Superstars.(2007).
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $12 million.
Voted #8 in FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2008.
Ranked #25 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 Women of 2008 list.
She has German, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish, French, and Welsh ancestry. Two of her great-great-grandparents were born in Germany.
Had conflict with Faye Dunaway when she said Hilary Duff wasn’t a real actress (when it was confirmed Duff was going to perform in the remake of Bonnie and Clyde (1967)).
Was offered the role of Silk Spectre for the movie Watchmen (2009). However, she turned down the offer because production took so long, and she was replaced with Malin Akerman.
Good friends with Frankie Muniz.
Was offered the role of Annie Wilson on 90210 (2008), but declined as she was more interested in looking for projects outside the teen genre. Shenae Grimes-Beech later accepted the part.
Engaged to Mike Comrie (February 19, 2010).
Married Mike Comrie in a small, private ceremony at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California. Her sister, Haylie Duff, served as her maid of honor. (August 14, 2010). Duff chipped her tooth hours before the ceremony, it was fixed by a local dentist before the wedding began.
Joined the social networking site Twitter on October 10, 2010.
Released her debut young adult novel, Elixir, on October 12, 2010. The book also reached the New York Times’ Best Sellers List.
Was ranked at #40 on the 2011 Maxim list of “Hot 100” women.
Has her own Barbie doll.
Returned to work 10 months after giving birth to her son Luca in order to begin filming her guest appearance on Raising Hope (2010).
Duff and her ex-husband, Mike Comrie, are family friends of former NHL hockey player, Ethan Moreau, and his family.
Started her European Concert Tour. [May 2006]
Recording her single “Why Not”. [January 2003]
Currently recording a track that will “feature as the lead single for her upcoming film, Material Girls (2006), with her sister actress/singer Haylie, and an album project appropriately-titled “Material Girls”. [April 2005]
On her “Still Wanted Tour” while filming Material Girls (2006), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), Foodfight! (2012) and “Wake Up” music video. [June 2005]
Filming the music video for her upcoming single “So Yesterday”. [June 2003]
Filming Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) in Los Angeles, USA. [March 2003]
Beginning tour again, starting in the Dodge Arena, Hildalgo, Texas, on March 4th 2005 [March 2005]
Is promoting her new album in the UK. [October 2005]
Promoting her upcoming album “Metamorphosis” in Toronto, Canada. [May 2003]
Filming A Cinderella Story (2004) in Los Angeles, USA. [June 2003]
Filming Agent Cody Banks (2003) in Vancouver, Canada. [May 2002]
Currently enrolled at the Harvard Extension School with her sister and fellow actress/singer Haylie Duff, taking on-line classes and traveling with tutors. [February 2005]
Filming The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) in Rome, Italy. [October 2002]
Attended the launch of the T-Mobile Sidekick 3 with big sister, Haylie Duff. [July 2006]
On a promotion trip trough Europe, Japan and Australia. [October 2003]
Touring in small venues throughout the USA. [November 2003]
Performing in radio station concerts, next month she will shoot the comedy Material Girls (2006) with sister Haylie Duff. [December 2004]
Has finished filming Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) and is still filming Foodfight! (2012). [September 2005]
Finishing her tour in Australia and getting ready for her tour in Canada in January 2006. [December 2005]
Filming Raise Your Voice (2004) in Los Angeles, USA. [January 2004]
Filming The Perfect Man (2005) in Toronto, Canada. [April 2004]
She is hosting The Teen Choice Awards 2007 (2007) with Rob Schneider and has finished filming Material Girls (2006). [August 2005]
Just wrapped War, Inc. (2008). Currently putting the finishing touches on her new album, which is due out in April. Promoting best selling scent “With Love” and working on “Stuff By Duff” line. [December 2006]
Touring the United States and performing songs from her album “Metamorphosis”. [July 2004]
Planning to go out on tour to promote her second album, she has also announced that the second single from that album will be “Someone’s Watching Over Me”, and she is still shooting the movie Material Girls (2006). [February 2005]
Is promoting her new ablum called, “Most Wanted”. [October 2005]
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 24, a son named Luca Cruz Comrie on March 20, 2012. Child’s father is her now ex-husband, Mike Comrie.
Filed for divorce from her husband of 4 years Mike Comrie following a year long separation. [February 2015]
Released her new album ‘Breathe in, Breathe Out’ [June,2015].
Personal Quotes (60)
I love clothes. I can’t control myself. I have a huge fetish for shoes and clothes and make-up. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like to wear things over and over again.
I love my mom. I totally look up to her, and she just doesn’t let anybody take advantage of me. People might call that a stage mom.
[on her life and career] It’s crazy and so surreal. I feel like such a normal person, yet everybody around the world knows my music, my movie, my name and my face. It’s crazy sometimes, but I’m so flattered. It’s a good feeling.
My sister [Haylie Duff] and I are best friends and we get along so well. She is so talented and inspiring to me. She’s my role model.
In high school, kids deal with such harsh things that people don’t realize can really affect their entire lives. They are so interested in getting the boyfriends and wearing low-cut shirts so the boys will like them. That shouldn’t be their goal. They shouldn’t do things for other people, they should do things if they have dreams of their own and really work hard for that.
[on her work for the charity Kids With a Cause] We raise so much money for hospitals, but it’s not just about that. Anybody can come up with a bunch of money to give to somebody. It’s about going to a hospital and hanging out with the kids and dancing and singing with them or giving underprivileged kids a chance to go to a theme park for a day or rebuilding a playground. I love it so much. It’s really gratifying.
Mom always tells me to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness. I like the way that sounds.
I think ambition can be having something that you’re good at and love to do.
Every week I read about myself in a magazine, about something that I haven’t done or some place that I’ve never been or don’t even know. It’s just gossip, rumors, egos, and politics.
As a child I was shy. [Sister Haylie Duff] would be the one to go up and talk to people.
We’re still a very tight-knit family, even though we live apart a lot. And now [sister Haylie Duff] and I get to work together more and more. We’re really close.
I love doing emotional scenes. As I’ve had a perfect life I don’t really have much to pull from. But it’s really fun and not that challenging. It’s almost pretty easy. The hardest thing is to try and make people laugh. That’s a really hard thing.
I don’t think the Disney Channel gives us enough credit for the age range Lizzie McGuire (2001) actually has. College students come up to me, grandparents, famous people. It’s really funny.
[on her short relationship and break-up with Aaron Carter] He was my first real boyfriend and we really were in love, but we were, like, 14! Who cares?!
[on helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina] It is heartbreaking to see the devastation on TV. People are missing family members and they have absolutely nothing left, not even food or water. I want to do everything I can to help those who have survived to help rebuild their lives.
I think girls feel like they’re not cool unless they have a boyfriend or they don’t feel comfortable or happy with themselves–that’s not true! You gotta be independent! You gotta show the power!
[Dealing with mean girls in school] I switched schools in the middle of second grade, and it was tough because I had to go right into a new school where I didn’t know anybody. I made friends eventually, but then when I started acting in California, a lot of those people were really mean to me. I’d go to school, and they’d be like “Well, haven’t you booked anything yet?” It was embarrassing. They just didn’t understand how hard it was and that things don’t just happen overnight.
It sounds cheesy but I think my life’s kinda like a fairy tale. I worked really hard, but I’m very, very lucky, too. I’m just 16 and I’ve done so many amazing things. I travel the world, I have fans who support me and I get to do what I love–make movies, sing and really be myself. I have a beautiful family, a great support system and wonderful friends–and I go shopping every week! I’m so lucky, but it’s not necessarily like A Cinderella Story (2004).
[on her first pregnancy] Everybody else says it’s a girl, but I think it’s a boy. I’d be happy with a girl, but my sister’s like, “You can’t keep saying that, because then when it’s a girl, everybody’s gonna be like, you really wanted a boy!” I don’t care what I get, but every time I think about it or dream about it, I see a boy. I haven’t gotten sick at all and I don’t have too many cravings. It’s so different. It’s literally like an alien has taken over your body. One day I’ll have a good day, and one day I’ll have a bad day, and it kinda goes like that.
People talk worse about people than they talk good about people, because a lot of people like drama. People are going to say what they want to say and think what they want to think, and I can’t change their minds.
[on why she wanted to take the role in Bloodworth (2010)] Obviously, I hope people see it and think I did a good job in it, and see me in a different way than how they’ve watched me grow up, which is more lighthearted films. It is different in that I think every actor is looking for a challenge and to play something different, and to be a part of a project with other great actors. It was a great experience, and I think I’ve been trying to choose roles like that on purpose. I didn’t find it easy to identify with her [the character of Raven Lee Halfacre], but I grew up in Texas and we had a house in the hill country that we’d go to often, and it was really deep into the country, and we had a few friends there growing up that were caretakers of our property, and I actually used them a lot for inspiration because they just had such a quiet life. The town was pretty incestuous – just back roads country stuff. I didn’t relate to it, but I felt like I had some things to draw off of. The accent came pretty easy, and being where we had to be to film it really took you there fast because you were imagining that this was your life, how hard it would be.
My mom is rad. I feel I’m so much like her. I don’t know if it’s wrong to drop an “F” bomb in the same sentence as your mother, but I’m so fucking lucky to have my mom. She’s just taught me so much and given me so much, and she has such an open heart.
[on taking the part of starlet Olivia Burke on Gossip Girl (2007)] I was a little hesitant. It was kind of close to home, then I realized, I would never say something [that Olivia says] like, Oh, this is just for the cameras. I think that’s what makes me so different from some of the other people my age. It seemed for a time there were people who hated each other and I knew they hated each other but they were in pictures together all the time, smiling and throwing their arms around each other. I was like, You’re in the same business I am how can you do that and feel okay I so wouldn’t do that.
I walked into a mall one day and was mobbed by people. And I just remember feeling really different than everyone else. I felt really loved. But it was weird at the same time. I don’t necessarily like to walk into a place and be recognized.
[on her dialect and dropping a live scorpion down her pants for War, Inc. (2008)] The first time I talked to John Cusack, he said, “You know, you have to have an accent.” The character is an Eastern European pop star. I didn’t even know where to begin. But the fun thing is, this place doesn’t even exist. Turaqistan is not a real country. So I played around and mixed a lot of things together! I talked in that accent as much as I could, even to my family and friends! I grew up in Texas, and we had plenty of scorpions, but I never had to put one down my pants before. And my pants weren’t that baggy, so I couldn’t get any space. I did it a couple times with it going down my leg and it was terrifying. The little thing kept doing back bends because it obviously didn’t want to go in my pants. Everyone on the set was cheering! It’s off the wall and nuts and really smart and controversial and really proves the point. And I was so excited about it, like, “Gosh, can I do this? I don’t know if I can do this!” Because you know what, when people won’t take a chance on you, you have no confidence.
[on her album “Dignity”] The record is really like a dance record. I did the record when I was having things with my family and was with someone and then not with someone so it is very personal. Dignity is something you just don’t have. It’s something that you have to work on. I feel like I have it a little–something that I’ve always had and strive to have.
[on ex-boyfriend Joel Madden in the August 2007 edition of Seventeen magazine] All of the going out he did after we broke up sort of shocked me. That’s just so out of character for him, and when we were together, he hated stuff like that, so I felt like I didn’t really know him as well as I thought I did. I still want the cookie-cutter American dream–to get married, have kids, and have a house with a picket fence. I still believe that marriage can work.
[on working with the charity Blessings in a Backpack, which provides food to kids to eat after school and on the weekends] I like to donate my time and feed people and make a difference and help people that aren’t as fortunate as me. You come to the school and it makes it all real, you get to see the people that are taking the food home this weekend and are getting to feed their brothers and sisters at home.
[on whether there is any rivalry with older sister Haylie Duff] There’s not. People always want to expect that, but we’re so focused on what we’re doing individually, that that’s the last thing that happens.
[about her weight loss during her late teen years] I did get skinny, I’ve felt that pressure like everyone else in my position. When a newspaper comes out that says “Duff Puff – she must have gained 15 pounds” or something like that, how would any normal person react? I do worry about what I look like but I’m not going to let it control my life.
[about her sex life] You know what? I was quoted [June 2006 interview in “Elle” magazine] saying I was a virgin, but I absolutely did not say that. That’s nobody’s business but my own.
I know I can handle dramatic roles, but I don’t think I should have to play a young mother on crack to prove it.
[on taking on roles that are edgier or darker than what people might perceive to be in her comfort zone] Sometimes people don’t think I can do the movies that maybe I could. I still fight for projects, and I don’t get everything that I want. It’s tough to convince people that I’m other things than just making people laugh. But I love romantic comedies, I would love to do more. They’re not always easy. They are some of my favorite movies.
[on being in gossip magazines] I’m not scandalous. I think it’s actually embarrassing to be in those, yet some people will do anything to be in those magazines. I’m happy with who I am, and I’m happy with the way people portray me. If it’s too normal, then that’s their opinion. I go out to clubs sometimes, but I have a totally separate group of friends outside the business, friends who are not actors, and we go out, but we also know there’s a front door and a back door, and there’s one you don’t get seen at. And I don’t mean that in a mean way.
[on working with John Cusack and Ben Kingsley in War, Inc. (2008)] John was fantastic and just really gave us room to play on set. He wasn’t one of those “Hurry, hurry, we’ve got to get it done now” types. He’s a big believer in going into it until it feels right. It was a great all-around experience and also acting-wise I’d never worked like that before. And also we worked with Ben Kingsley, which was fantastic. I only had one scene with him, but it’s hard to take your eyes off him. He’s so talented. The other thing that’s made it easy for me is going on tour so many times and having to sing in front of people. You don’t have a second to hold back. You have to step on the stage at that moment. It prepares you for throwing yourself into something fast and not thinking too much about it before you do it. And that goes for getting ready to start a really challenging scene or working with someone who might intimidate you.
I’ve met Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears a few times, but it’s not like they’ve said, “Here, sit down, listen to me kid.”
[on gaining weight during her pregnancy] My whole life I’ve worked out and exercised and been in the public eye and always kind of watched what I ate. And this was like a free pass and it was a blast. I am working out and I’m trying and I’m trying not to [obsess]. Everyone wants their body back, but all in time. It took nine months to get there and so hopefully, it won’t take that long to get it off, but I’m doing it slowly.
I went into labor at about 1:00 in the morning and I very calmly had my bags packed and woke my husband up after about three hours of walking up and down my hallway. Then I’m like, “OK, it’s time to go, let’s go now”. I’m like. “Call my mom. call my sister.” You know, get them all in here! Things start rolling. All of a sudden the doors bust open and my sister and my mom come flying in and they’re like, “We got BBQ chips and root beer, guys.” I’m pushing and they were just arriving for a show with their chips and their root beer!
I’m not a perfect, prude girl. I like to do normal things that 20-year-olds do. But as good as it is for the rest of the world to watch people fall apart, it’s not a respectable way to be talked about. I don’t want that attention. If I can’t get any from what I’m doing now, I’ll figure out a different plan.
[about the comments that Faye Dunaway made criticizing her acting skills] I think it was a little unnecessary but I might be mad if I looked like that now, too.
I have a little bitch in me.
I can’t really act the way I want to act, or say what I want to say all the time. And a lot of times, I cover that up with a smile.
[on her fans accepting her image as she grows older and takes on mature projects] I don’t want to restrict myself from doing things that stimulate me just to make them happy. If they continue to like me, that’s cool, but I don’t want to cater to them. I’m not 13, 14, or 15 anymore.
[on her debut album, “Metamorphosis”] The album is titled “Metamorphosis” because I thought it was a good way to express my experiences in this ever-changing world.
Lots of girls like really smooth-talking guys, but I like the ones who are really nervous to come up to you and a little shy. They’re probably the nicest ones.
I knew I wanted to act, and I was really driven, so I kept going for it. We moved to L.A. full-time when I was 8 or 9.
My relationship with my mom is so amazing. We never got to have that stage that people go through, like when you’re 13 and you think you’re too cool for your parents. When you’re embarrassed by them and stuff. We never went through that because I was constantly working and she constantly had to be there. We just because best friends. I tell her everything. She’s really my role model and my inspiration. She’s such a good person and such a strong person. A lot of people give her flack for being strong and being smart, but I think I envy that in her.
I think I’m happy with who I am. I don’t know if I learned that from other girls or just people in general. It’s hard to stay true to yourself and what you want in life when there are so many distractions and so much craziness going on around you. Living in L.A. is pretty damn hard. But I feel like I can be alone with myself at the end of the day and that makes me really satisfied.
[on her role in Raise Your Voice (2004)] People have been asking me today what the most challenging part of the movie was, and it wasn’t the crying scenes. I think that’s much easier than trying to make people laugh. Crying on command is not that difficult. But the parts that were harder for me were after the tragedy happens to Terri in her life, it’s kind of like just like a closed-off, numb feeling. She doesn’t feel any emotion, no happiness, no sadness. She’s kind of nothing. That was the hardest thing for me. And then going to the school and feeling like the outsider, I kind of learned how to do that a lot with Lizzie McGuire (2001) because she was the dork that didn’t really fit in. And everybody kind of made Terri feel very unwelcome at the school at first.
[announcing her pregnancy on her official website on August 14, 2011] This weekend, Mike [husband Mike Comrie] and I are celebrating our one-year anniversary. I can’t believe it has already been a year, time really flies when you’re having fun. We also want to share the exciting news that baby makes three. We are extremely happy and ready to start this new chapter of our lives. Thanks to everyone for the continued love and support throughout the years!
[on her second album, which was self-titled] On the second album I worked with a lot of people that I worked with on the “Metamorphosis” album. And when I worked on “Metamorphosis” I was so nervous and shy about going into the studio and working with people, they eventually toward the end made me feel so comfortable and so secure with myself. I loved working with them. I have a great relationship with them. I talk to them [all the time]. When we started talking about the second album, I was like, “I want to work with all the same people.” They knew what was going on in my life, what I was going through. I would call them and say, “I feel like this right now. I want a song about this . . . “. I never really felt like I had enough time to write my whole album and I don’t know if I’m secure enough with myself to do that. But I wrote three songs on the album, one I wrote with my sister [Haylie Duff]. It’s so personal and these people really got what I was going through and how I feel inside. I think that’s what makes it good and that’s what makes me relate to them.
[on her song “Come Clean”] “Come Clean ” is obviously about a boy and a girl’s relationship and it’s just talking about how somebody thinks they’re in the dark. She’s tired of it and he’s tired of it and they’re coming clean, whether it means they’re gonna be together or not. They’re laying all the cards out on the table and coming out with everything that hasn’t been said basically. The video really shows that she’s kind of in this monotone mood throughout the whole thing. She doesn’t show too much emotion except that she’s waiting for this boy, this guy, to come. You can’t tell when they’re running toward each other if they’re gonna kiss or they’re gonna hug or they’re gonna hit each other. It’s a bunch of different emotions.
[on her character in War, Inc. (2008)] Not only am I [cursing], but I’m smoking, letting boys put their hands on me. The character was a bit vulgar. I don’t think using the “F” word would have bothered me if I had said it once or twice, but it’s throughout the whole movie. But I’m just acting. A lot of people didn’t want to give me a chance for a long time, because I was doing movies where I was nice, and I was still a kid. But that put me in a box, and people didn’t want to take a chance on me. When I got this script, I flipped over it. I felt, “I need this, I want this.” It was great just getting to play a character that was so out there and crazy.
I want people to pay attention to my work because I work really hard and I work all the time and my personal life should be my personal life, so I don’t necessarily want to go to all the places that I know I’m going to get photographed or I know there are going to be people staring at me.
You can be edgy without showing off your boobs.
When I’m on tour, I’m in a new city every single night, and the energy and the crowds and the kids and the screaming and them knowing every single word of my music and being onstage is such an energetic feeling with a big payoff.
I try not to wear like sunglasses because if you wear sunglasses, if you see someone who walks into the room with sunglasses, aren’t you going to look at them and think, “Who’s hiding under there?” So why would you do that?
[on being a young mother] The only thing that’s hard is that I don’t have a lot of people my age who have babies. So I’m at a totally different spot than a lot of my friends. But they’re all very excited about hanging out with Luca. You’ve asked me a tough question, because I don’t really know what the alternative is. I do have a lot of energy, I feel great, and I had a really easy pregnancy. I want to have more kids and I’m looking forward to doing that, but I’m not in any rush. I think sometimes maybe if you start a little later you’re in a hurry to get all the kids you want, and I have a little time to spread that out.
[when asked if she would let her son, Luca, go into the industry] I’d say, “Are you sure?” My sister and I said that same thing to my mom, and she encouraged us. I’m so happy she did, and I would not change my life for anything. But it’s tough, and it’s totally different than it used to be. I am even scared of [Luca] growing up getting his picture taken all the time and feeling different. I saw a rag magazine the other day–I was having my hair done or something–and the headline said, “Who Wore It Better?” and the photo showed Suri Cruise and so-and-so’s kid. They had the same dress on, and [this magazine] put these kids up against each other. I’m just thinking that this is sickening. Now that I’m a mom and I have a child, I can’t imagine. It’s not right.
[on motherhood] It’s really wonderful. There are no words to describe it. I mean, to say “It’s wonderful” sounds minuscule. When you get to see your baby for the first time, and they put him on your chest, and you’re looking into each other’s eyes, this feeling just washes over you and there are really no words. You know the first two weeks I was just on a high. I was going, going, going. And then after that, exhaustion set in. So that was tough. The advice people gave me was to sleep when your baby’s sleeping and I didn’t do it in the beginning. Once I got exhausted I thought, “Okay, I understand what they mean.”
Lizzie McGuire (2001) $15,000 per episode
Agent Cody Banks (2003) $500,000
The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) $1,000,000
Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) $1,000,000
A Cinderella Story (2004) $2,200,000
Raise Your Voice (2004) $2,000,000
The Perfect Man (2005) $2,000,000
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) $2,000,000
Material Girls (2006) $2,000,000