PLAYS: MILEY’S BEST FRIEND LILLY TRUSCOTT
BIRTHDAY: MARCH 10
ZODIAC SIGN: PISCES
What she admires about her character
Lilly is so outgoing and not afraid to make a complete idiot out of herself. She’s the kind of girl you want to be your friend because she’s so much fun.
How she likes to spend her free time
I’m definitely sporty. One year in school I did track, basketball, soccer, swimming and golf. I’m such a tomboy. I get along better with guys. The girls focus too much on stuff that doesn’t matter and I’m totally like “Let’s go play. I don’t want to worry about who’s dating who.” Miley is like that, too.
How her brother—Haley Joel—got her into the biz
Haley started acting when he was about 5 or 6 and I was 1 or 2. It looked like so much fun that I just decided, “I want to get that attention too!” I just jumped right into it and I’ve had so much fun ever since.
Best birthday present she ever got
I just got a dog for my 16th birthday. She’s a teacup poodle. We have two huge golden retrievers, and I always wanted a little dog I could travel with. I named her Luna.
I love fashion. My mom and I both love to sew. When I have time I sit down and make all kinds of weird stuff. I make my own dresses. In magazines I’ve worn my own stuff.
How she stays normal
Acting is just a job, I don’t go home still being Lilly. I know how to put it aside and be with my family and just be a kid.
PLAYS: MILEY’S BROTHER JACKSON STEWART
BIRTHDAY: APRIL 26
ZODIAC SIGN: TAURUS
How he’s like Jackson
I can get goofy like Jackson, but I’m calmer in real life, and I was a much better student. I’m much smarter.
How he got into acting
When I was in third grade, the first play I ever did was Hansel and Gretel. I played Hansel and my mom came to the performance, and it just hit me, this is one thing that I can do that none of my other siblings do. When I’m onstage and my parents come to watch me, that is my time.
What it’s like hanging out with Miley
It’s exactly like it is on the show. We pick on each other more than you can imagine, but it’s loving. I’m protective of her and everybody in the cast, especially her and Emily.
On meeting fans
Because I play the older brother, there’s a hesitancy to come talk to me. If you’re a 14-year-old girl and your best friend has an older brother, you act sort of squirrelly around him. I get a lot of double takes in the mall, but it’s the unusually brave kid that comes up to me.
I’m double-jointed. I can do weird things with my fingers.
Favorite on-set tradition
Sometimes between scenes Miley and Billy Ray will pick up a guitar and sing. Sometimes they sing goofy stuff and sometimes they sing their songs. It’s always cool because it’s very impromptu and they’re great. You feel like you have your own private little concert.
PLAYS: ‘FRICKY FRESH’ FRIEND OLIVER OKEN
BIRTHDAY JULY 9
ZODIAC SIGN CANCER
How he’s like Oliver
Oliver’s really girl crazy, and I’m girl crazy. I like hanging out with girls. I also like hanging out with my friends, just chillin’, just being 17.
How he’s not like Oliver
He’s kind of a clean freak. He likes to dress all pampered and stuff. I don’t really care. I’m out on the beach.
His first acting gig
It was a Borden Milk commercial, and I remember saying to myself, “Oh, this is it. This is what I’m doing.”
On being homeschooled
If you have a teacher on your back for three hours, it’s as good as—if not better than—going to real school for seven hours. For what I’m doing, homeschooling is so much easier.
I have a Lab, Stitch. He sleeps with me every night. If I’m not home at 11 p.m., he’s under the sheets waiting.
What he can’t live without
My computer, my Apple—I love iChat. And my phone. I had three or four Treos that I lost in one month and those phones are like $400. My parents were like, “No more phones for you.” But they gave me this really ugly phone. I haven’t lost it—I keep it in my pocket because I don’t want anyone to see it.
Which one of his costars is most likely to show up to work in pajamas
Miley! [laughs] Are you kidding me? Miley! Absolutely. An extra large T-shirt and sweats, and she’s like, “I’m ready to go.”
PLAYS: PESKY SURF SHOP MANAGER RICO
BIRTHDAY: APRIL 18
ZODIAC SIGN: ARIES
Favorite part about playing Rico
Oh, he’s the best character. I get to torture people and do whatever I want. It’s completely different from my normal life.
My parents are from Colombia, so I speak Spanish and all my relatives live there. I was born in New York and raised in Atlanta and then eventually moved to California.
How he got into acting
When I was a little boy, since I’m small, I was very shy at school because everyone would laugh at me. I would never talk in public. So my mom took me to an acting class. She thought, “Maybe that will make him un-shy,” and it worked.
On being short
I’m 14 and my brother Mateo who’s 12 is taller than me. I have no idea how that happened. All my uncles are tall, but my dad’s short. I guess I got my dad’s genes and my brother got my uncles’.
I’m fast: I ran a mile in 6 min. 30 sec. I can do backflips, and I know the longest word in the dictionary: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It’s when you inhale dust from volcanoes. It’s a disease.
On his iPod
’80s rock music. AC/DC, Kiss, Aerosmith. My mom still likes Journey and Air Supply, and from there I went my own way.
Clothes. I’m insane with clothes. And I’m obsessed with shoes. I’m obsessed with Nike Dunks.
the rest of the gang!
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PLAYS MEAN GIRL #1 ASHLEY DEWITT
Birthday: December 23
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Her showbiz genes
My grandmother is a famous Filipino actress and singer. She inspired me. And Enrique Iglesias is like, my fourth cousin, but I’ve never met him.
I can bend my tongue to look like a three-leaf clover.
Two brothers: Miguel is 26 and King is 24. King is a photographer, and sometimes he’s doing the paparazzi thing while I’m on the red carpet.
PLAYS MEAN GIRL #2 AMBER ADDISON
Birthday: November 17
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
On playing a mean girl
I was excited to play her because I was not popular in school. It’s really cool to play the snob that everyone hates.
I can lick my elbow, and I can yodel.
Miley calls me Shannie Bananie; Anna Maria and most of my friends call me Shay, and Mitchel calls me Shanaka.
If I weren’t an actress, I’d…
Probably play basketball. I love sports.
PLAYS HANNAH’S SNOBBY FRIEND TRACI VAN HORN
Birthday: November 5
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
First acting gig
I played Molly in a production of Annie. I was 9. Before then I wanted to be a ballerina, but as soon as I discovered acting that was all I wanted to do.
My friends and family call me Kitty, because I meow and I love cats. I even have pictures of cats—but I’m not creepy.
Favorite Web site
Cuteoverload.com. Every picture that pops up you’re like, “Awwww.”
PLAYS NERDY DO-GOODER SARAH
Birthday: January 18
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
On playing the nice girl
I like her, but I won’t say I’m as nice as she is. My family can tell you about the fights I’ve had with Mom and Dad.
I’m very into Harry Potter. When the seventh book came out I was in my Hermione costume waiting in line.
Who she hangs out with on set
Shanica, Anna Maria, Moises and I will all do schoolwork together. And at lunch we hang out in Mitchel’s room.