Disney Channel’s hit series Hannah Montana launched Miley Cyrus to success as she played the titular role from 2006 to 2011. However, before landing the part, she was up against two of Hollywood’s most loved actors.
The Disney Channel series premiered 16 years ago, on March 24th 2006. Miley was 13 years old when Hannah Montana debuted and she was 18 years old during the finale. ‘Wherever I Go’, a reference to Hannah Montana’s song, was the last and 98th episode of the Disney Channel show.
In fact, even if Miley Cyrus didn’t steal the show, it would still have been the Best Of Both Worlds because two popular actors were in the run-up to play the famous fictional pop star.
These two A-list actors nearly played Hannah Montana
The original casting agent for Hannah Montana, Lisa London, has now revealed that the lead role was between Taylor Momsen, Daniella Monet, and Miley Cyrus.
Lisa London, took to TikTok to clear up the circulating rumours claiming that Belinda was a finalist to play Hannah. Whilst doing so, she also revealed who the top three candidates were.
“I’m actually the original casting director on Hannah Montana and I discovered Miley Cyrus,” she revealed on TikTok. “I wanted to let everybody know that Belinda, who’s lovely by the way, was never in the top three for the role of Hannah.”
London then showed a piece of paper with Monet, Momsen and Cyrus’ names on it. Another detail that the paper revealed was that the auditioning process took place on May 6, 2005, and the original name of the character was supposed to be “Chloe Stewart.”
Lisa puts into perspective, just how competitive the auditioning process was: “These are the final three actresses that auditioned at the network test out of over 1200 girls.” she added, before pointing out Momsen, Cyrus and Monet’s names on the list, in that order.
What are Taylor Momsen and Daniella Monet doing now?
Whilst the role ended up in the hands of Cyrus, there were countless more opportunities for Momsen and Monet to land their own big-time roles.
Just two years later, Momsen went on to star in Gossip Girl as Jenny Humphrey, playing Dan’s younger sister. Following on from her part in festive favourite, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Then, in 2010, Monet went on to star in Victorious as Trina Vega who is Tori Vega’s (Victoria Justice) older sister. She is now widely known for portraying Megan Kleinman on the CBS sitcom Listen Up!.
Miley Cyrus reminisces on her Hannah Montana days
Although the show ended more than a decade ago it remains a major pop culture sensation and a massive part of peoples’ childhood.
On Hannah Montana’s 15th anniversary Miley penned a heartfelt letter which she shared on Instagram: “Although you are considered to be an ‘alter ego’ in reality, there was a time in my life when you held more of my identity in your glovette than I did in my bare hands.”
She also reminisced on memorable moments throughout the filming of the show such as losing her grandfather, falling in love for the first time and gaining “so many friends” whilst on set.
To conclude, Cyrus thanked the team and her family for all their support while making the show and signed off by calling the character “the greatest gift a girl could ask for.”