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24 August 2022, 12:39
The role of Hannah Montana on the popular Disney show was famously played by Miley Cyrus - but some other big names were considered for the main roles in the series.
Hannah Montana was one of our biggest childhood Disney TV favourites, with the show spanning from 2006-2011 and starred Miley Cyrus as Miley Stewart; a teenage girl who lives a secret double life as a famous pop singer.
The series was known to put stars like Miley on the map, as well as Emily Osment who played Miley’s BFF Lilly Truscott, Jason Earles who played Miley’s brother Jackson Stewart and Mitchel Musso who played Miley’s other BFF Oliver Oken.
However, the series could’ve looked entirely different had the roles gone to different actors, which was almost the case.
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Casting director Lisa London recently revealed on TikTok that Victorious star Daniella Monet and Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen were incredibly close to being cast as Hannah Montana.
She revealed that 1,200 girls auditioned to play Chloe Stewart, the original name of the character, which was later changed to Miley following the singer’s casting.
Taylor Momsen’s close call as Hannah Montana has been widely known for years, however, fans were left shocked at the prospect of Victorious’ Daniella being cast as Hannah/Chloe.
I adore Lisa London but I have some tea beyond the tea to spill. Gary Marsh originally offered the role of “Hannah Montana” to Aly and I was offered the role of “Lilly Truscott” (I know this so doesn’t matter but thought I’d chime in) https://t.co/yCH7BIfgmT— Aly & AJ (@alyandaj) August 22, 2022
Since then, pop duo and sisters Aly & AJ Michalka have also revealed that they were offered the roles of Hannah and Lilly by former Disney President of Entertainment, Gary Marsh.
AJ shared the news on the duo’s shared Twitter account, writing: “I adore Lisa London but I have some tea beyond the tea to spill. Gary Marsh originally offered the role of ‘Hannah Montana’ to Aly and I was offered the role of ‘Lilly Truscott’ (I know this so doesn’t matter but thought I’d chime in).”
It’s safe to say Hannah Montana fans everywhere are pondering on how we could’ve seen various stars in that iconic blonde wig!
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