He’s known for his role as Miley Cyrus‘s bud Oliver Oken on Hannah Montana. But Mitchel Musso is more than just a cute-faced scene-stealer. The guy has some serious lungs, and his self-titled debut album, which was released Tuesday, is already climbing the pop charts.
Here are five things to know about the budding actor/singer-songwriter.
He Still Has a Curfew: Even though his days consist of filming or recording, Musso says he’s just like every other kid. “[My parents] call me and tell me, ‘You’re still 17, Mitch. You need to be home by 11 o’clock.’ ”
He Got Inked at Age 16: The pain was beyond annoying, but Musso has no regrets about getting a tattoo. “It says ‘Sam M Unsurpassed,’ ” he says of the tat that covers his left shoulder blade. “Sam [is] my dad, and ‘unsurpassed’ means he can’t be beat.”
He’s Danger-Prone: “I’ve broken my collarbone, my leg, my arm, a couple fingers,” he says. “Growing up my heart was after skateboarding, [but] I broke a couple bones while shooting Hannah Montana and they did not like me for it. So I quit.”
He’d Love to Duet with a Rapper: “I’m such a little punk thug,” he says. “I love Cash Money Millionaires – Lil Wayne, Birdman.” But who’s poster does he have up? Eminem. “Eminem and Dr. Dre have been on set with their kids. Both of them were down to earth, thuggish, but cool. Little Haley (Eminem’s daughter) was chillin’ in my room the whole show. She’s so sweet. She didn’t talk that much though. I think she was kind of freaked out because I had a poster from 8 Mile on my wall.”
He Helped form the Band Metro Station: “I’m the mastermind behind Metro Station,” he declares of the pop/rock band containing his older brother Mason and Miley Cyrus’s older brother Trace. The two bros initially hung out when Musso and Cyrus had them on the Hannah set. “They ended up playing guitar for a couple of hours in my dressing room. A month and a half later Metro Station was created. Six months after that they were touring and now they’re opening for Fall Out Boy and Katy Perry.”
Up next for Musso: He’ll be making at appearance to sign albums and meet fans at The Grove in L.A. on Friday. He’ll also perform on the first-ever “Disney Channel Summer at Sea” cruise next month. Check out Musso’s song, “Hey,” below.
• To read about Musso and his dog, Stitch, visit PeoplePets.com