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At the young age of only 17, actress and singer Miley Cyrus reveals that she is ready to focus on movies and take her own direction in life with the release of her latest flick The Last Song.

“I’ve gone these last five years… with everyone telling me what to do. Now it’s up to me and what I think is right in my career, so I’m just going in my own direction,” Miley revealed on Friday according to Hollywood Life.

By her own direction, Miley means leaving her Disney days on Hannah Montana behind, putting music aside, and really honing her acting chops.

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“This film was the test for me to decide what I really wanted to do, and I love making movies. That’s what I want to pursue,” Miley gushed at a press conference.

Calling music her “security blanket,” Miley wants to challenge herself while still keeping true to her original self.

“I have to be careful, in a sense, to not lose who I am, or the Miley Cyrus factor, by going to do other characters… I want to continue to do what I love but also give myself new challenges and not just be the same person over and over.”

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The Last Song, a movie based on a romantic novel by Nicholas Sparks, also stars Liam Hemsworth, who Miley has been rumored to be dating.

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