"I didn't know how to get your job but I was like, 'I want to be like Hannah Montana,' " Millie Bobby Brown told Miley Cyrus on Monday

By Jen Juneau
March 31, 2020 10:00 AM
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Hannah Montana helped Millie Bobby Brown learn she could be the best of both worlds.

The 16-year-old English actress was a guest on Miley Cyrus‘ Instagram series Bright Minded on Monday, where she revealed that the 2000s Disney Channel series helped her hone her faux accent for her U.S.-based roles.

“The only way I got my American accent was by watching Hannah Montana,” she told Cyrus, 27, who played the titular teen pop star on the show.

“I’m surprised you don’t have a country accent!” the Tennessee-born Cyrus told her, laughing.

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Cast of Hannah Montana in 2006
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Millie Bobby Brown (center) in Stranger Things season 3
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“I was obsessed with [Hannah Montana],” Brown said. “I was actually just going through my camera roll and I saw a video of me in a cowboy hat and I was learning [‘Hoedown Throwdown’]. Full-on knew every single dance move.”

“I wanted your job,” she told Cyrus. “I didn’t know how to get your job but I was like, ‘I want to be like Hannah Montana. I don’t know how to do it.’ ”

“And then I realized it was an actual job,” Brown added. “And I was like, ‘Oh, I want to do that, that sounds fun!’ I didn’t even know you could get money for it. I was like, ‘I’ll do it for free!’ ”

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Brown told Cyrus that she has just a few close trusted confidantes (aside from her family and the Stranger Things cast, of course), and purposely surrounds herself with people who keep her grounded.

“I can’t be around people that’ll just tell me what I want to hear. That’s wrong,” she said. “That’s what my family have taught me, and my family just put me in my place: make my bed, do my laundry, clean up after myself.”

“It sounds ridiculous, but some people in the industry, they feel like they’re invincible and they’re not. We’re all humans,” Brown added.