May 4, 2016


Woody Allen First Discovered Miley Cyrus on 'Hannah Montana'

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Woody Allen and Miley Cyrus announced they will be working on an Amazon TV series earlier this year, and the director has now revealed that he discovered the artist in the same way many of us did—on Disney Channel's Hannah Montana.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Allen has his kids to thank for being introduced to the pop starlet, which then led to him casting her in the television series.

“I noticed years ago that my kids would be watching Hannah Montana. And I would say: ‘Who is that girl? She’s got such a good delivery. You know, she snaps those lines off so well. The show is a silly little show, but she’s very good at what she does,’” he recalls. “And then she emerged as a singer, and someone showed me a little clip of hers from Saturday Night Live, and I said, ‘It confirms what I always thought about her. She is very good, she is really a talented girl.’”

Allen and Cyrus' comedy series (the name and release date have yet to be announced) will include six half-hour episodes and is set to stream on Amazon. Hannah Montana recently celebrated its 10th anniversary in March, which came with a fitting Instagram homage from Cyrus.