Miley Cyrus has an answer for those fuddy-duddies who wonder why she released a memoir before she's even old enough to vote.
"People are like, 'You're sixteen, why would you write your life story?'" the "Hannah Montana" powerhouse says of her recently released book "Miles to Go" in the May issue of Teen Vogue (on newsstands April 14). "But in the business I'm in, I have lived a life that some people who are in their sixties haven't lived. I've gone through a lot and seen a lot, but I still have a lot to learn."
(Read the entire Miley interview at Teen Vogue.)
Even with many life lessons ahead, Miley isn't shy about sharing, in typically frank fashion, her opinions on everything from movies to literature to celebrity hotness.
For instance, she's a connoisseur of animated flicks from corporate overlord Disney, especially "Alice in Wonderland."
"It's just such a perverted movie," proclaims Cyrus. "It's all about Ecstasy. I swear! Look it up online."
The mag, which points out that the flick is more often associated with "trippy psychedelics," asks Miley if she's ever tried the drug.
"Me? No," she states, although she adds that she's "a crazy chiquita. I'm nuts."
(See outtakes from Miley's Teen Vogue photo shoot here.)
The teen queen also weighs in on some summer reading list staples, opining that she prefers the teen angst of Ponyboy to that of phony-hating Holden Caulfield.
"The Outsiders" is "the best book ever," she enthuses, while "Catcher in the Rye" is "a little long."
She takes a divisive stand on the "Twilight" issue, committing heartthrob blasphemy among much of her Edward Cullen-obsessed peer group by revealing, "I'm not a huge Rob Pattinson fan. Girls aren't really in love with Rob; they're in love with Edward."
Speaking of love, Cyrus, who has admitted to "bawling for a month" after getting dumped by fellow teen idol Nick Jonas and has been seeing 20-year-old model-cum-musician Justin Gaston since last fall, says she's a firm believer in the whole first sight thing.
"It just hasn't happened to me," she sighs. "Love doesn't come from attraction, but from somewhere deeper."
Still, Miley is very vocal on the subject of attraction, declaring that Jude Law is "so adorable," Javier Bardem is "so sexy," Gerard Butler is "my favorite" and Scarlett Johansson is "the most beautiful girl I've ever seen."
But her cinematic interests aren't relegated to easy on the eyes stars.
This summer, Cyrus will start production on her first drama, taking on a role written just for her by "Notebook" author Nicholas Sparks. And she hopes for edgier parts in the future.
"I'd like to do something like 'Revolutionary Road' or 'Garden State' next," says Miley, who will soon be seen in "Hannah Montana: The Movie." "I definitely want to be more challenged."
And even if those challenges lead to slipups (like, say, making a controversial facial expression), she's trying to keep the big picture in mind.
"A mistake is only really a mistake if you don't learn from it," offers the starlet. "When I'm 30, am I going to be thinking about things that seem massive right now? Probably not."
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