Unlike some of her contemporaries, Hilary Duff has grown up in the public eye without much commotion, earning her the title of “good girl,” which sits fine with her.

“I know people think I’m a good girl and I’m not going to fight it and be like, "I’m not, I’m bad,’" she tells AOL. “I don’t really care that [people] think that. I’d rather them think that than think I’m like everyone else.”

 

Watching her peers go down in flames from the sidelines has given her perspective on how to conduct her life on and off-camera because” at the end of the day when you grow up, you could be like, ‘Oh my god, why did I do that?’".

The 20-year-old says she admires Natalie Portman for avoiding tabloid scandals and focusing on her career.

“Everybody makes mistakes, but I just don’t think it’s for everybody to watch,” Hilary says. “It comes down to that I want people to focus on my work and I want to have my life completely separate from that. I love Natalie Portman so much because people don’t look at her as a good girl but they look at her and she’s a respected actress. Who knows what she does in her personal life?”

 

Being a respected actress means having to take on more mature and risky roles, which the singer/actress does in the political satire War, Inc., playing a sexed-up, foul-mouth pop star. Dropping all those f-bombs in the flick was a first for Hilary, and she admits she was at first worried about her younger fans.

 

“It’s scary having moms come up to you all the time saying, "We love you. Never change. Never ever change." And I’m like, "OK, but I have to change." That’s not a fair thing to say to anyone. It kind of scared me … But [I was] a little like, "Oh my god what are the kids going to think?”

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