Miley: Film a good stepping stone
Miley Cyrus has said her new movie The Last Song was a "good stepping stone" for her career.
The 17-year-old actress and singer is branching out as her hit TV show Hannah Montana - which saw her play a schoolgirl leading a double life as a pop star - comes to an end.
She said of her new film: "It's a good stepping stone, nothing too crazy, it's mature, but it's kind of for everyone."
Miley continued: "I think my next step, I'll get more and more mature and edgier, but I think it was the best stepping stone for me."
The star also revealed she avoided singing in the movie, other than a brief sing-along to a tune on a car radio, because she would like to keep her acting and singing separate from now on.
"I didn't want to sing in the film. We sang in the car that once, but that doesn't really count. I didn't want to do a performance thing," she said.
"I never say I'm not going to do anything. Then if I end up doing it, I'm going to get a lot of c**p. 'She said she'd never...', you know? And I don't have time for that drama and people freaking out.
"But most likely, I'd like to stay away from music in films and do a little something less obvious."