(HUFFINGTONPOST) — Miley Cyrus has received a lot of flak over the past few years for doing exactly what she's supposed to -- grow up.
Cyrus was introduced to the world as a plucky 12-year-old on Disney's "Hannah Montana" and came of age both on television and in the public eye -- constantly criticized for growing up too fast, and trying to be too sexy too soon.
The 19-year-old starlet is more than aware of the world's expectations of her, but says that it's hard to live up to them when she's just trying to find herself, she revealed in a new interview.
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"I feel I was so trained in my interviews to be All-American or whatever. I just got so set in the way of saying the same things I did when I was 12-years-old… I guess I kind of realized that my whole life isn’t one giant press junket. I don’t have to be smiling all the time and always have the perfect answer," she said on a recent episode of Lifetime's "The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet."