“About college, I have thought about it, and I’m graduating from high school this year. I don’t think college is necessarily for me right after this,” Cyrus says. “I want to continue along with my career. My sister went to college for two years and then decided, I want to be a musician, and now she’s a musician.
Cyrus was ranked #13 on this year’s Forbes list of richest kid celebrities, with an estimated annual income of $25 million (though the elder Cyrus has said to be skeptical of the Forbes story, when asked about his daughter’s high earnings).
“I just already know what I want to do,” she says. “If there’s ever a time that I want to go back, I can. I learned that from my grandma. She went to college at 67 years old, graduated at 70, and was a teacher from here on out. She’s 77 now. So, you can kind of go whenever you want. I definitely have that in my mindset, that if I ever want to go, I can.”
Meantime, Cyrus, 17, will be spending her time decorating her new $3.4 million house in Toluca Lake, California, outside L.A. Don’t assume Cyrus is going too independent, however – her house is reportedly two blocks away from her parents’ L.A. house, and also near the Jonas Brothers family compound.
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“I bought my house and I want to decorate it the way that I want, and I think I worked really hard to be able to have a place that’s purely my environment and exactly the way that I envision,” Cyrus says. “Kind of just like a serene, tranquil place, that it can just be my space. There are not many times that I have something that’s just mine, and that’s just, you know, fully peaceful. That’s something that I’m excited about getting working on.”
Cyrus, who had a cameo in May’s ‘Sex and the City 2,’ says if and when she does pursue a college education, she is interested in studying fashion.
“One thing that I love is fashion – so if I do ever go, I think I’d maybe want to go and study fashion and just be able to create and do that,” she says. “Luckily, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to do that with amazing designers without having to do that. So, that’s cool. The first time I ever like really like got a check and I was like, ‘I know what I want to do,’ was, actually, recently.”
The final season of Disney Channel’s ‘Hannah Montana,’ its fourth, began July 11.
Cyrus says that since the show started in 2006 – when she was an unknown 13-year-old from Tennessee – she has become far more comfortable with the process from her initial star-struck reaction.
“I think I’ve definitely changed a lot. My first time coming to the set, I had my mom, who was my assistant, make-up artist, hair stylist, wardrobe, all at the same time,” Cyrus says. “So, my mom had me, I remember, in this t-shirt that she had got for me that says I should have my own TV show.”
She continues, “I had it on with my skirt and full face make-up, just sitting there, like, ‘Oh my God, I’m on a Disney set.’ My life is like about to change. And sure enough, it did. So, I just remember coming to work like full-face, and now we’re all in our pajamas when we come to work. Like, ‘Hey guys, you know.’ So comfortable.”
With three albums under her belt, five movies as a starring role, and 101 episodes of ‘Hannah Montana,’ Cyrus, 17, says she is channeling her inner creative spirit.
“I’m definitely a lot more comfortable with myself and I don’t need to, you know, feel like that any more, like I need to get dressed up every day,” she says. “This is just like a home to us.”
Cyrus credits her show business-savvy father and ‘Hannah’ costar, Billy Ray Cyrus, with having given her some of the best career advice: being patient.
“My dad just gave me a very optimistic view,” Cyrus says. “Everything will work out in good timing. I think that was what my dad kept putting in my head. But, I didn’t really believe it. I was like, ‘Oh, I’m never gonna get this series, or this is never gonna happen, this is never gonna happen … I would have continued to tell myself that and just be positive and know that everything will work out, in the right timing.”
The new season, also called ‘Hannah Montana Forever,’ has 11 episodes and is expected to run through spring 2011.