AceShowbiz - Hilary Duff wants to make sure the world knows that she is not Lizzie McGuire in real life. In an interview with Bustle on Wednesday, January 19, the actress talked about her role on the Disney Channel show.
Hilary shared that the character continues to affect how the world perceives her up until this day. The 34-year-old said that one of the biggest reasons for that was because her and Lizzie's personalities slowly blended together while creating the show.
"I was too young to do a character dive on Lizzie," she shared. "I think I was just playing myself. And I really related to that girl. She was me, and I was her, and that was that."
As she got older, she felt tired of being constantly compared to the fictional character. "I was like, 'I'm me! I'm Hilary, not that person. That's a made-up person,' " she divulged.
"It was a desire to be seen as a person outside of a character. By the time I was 18, I was like, 'If I hear that name [Lizzie McGuire] one more time!' " she added.
She was asked if she ever felt pigeonholed into certain roles because of the precedent set by the bubbly character. To that, Hilary replied, "Of course. I still am." The actress added that she would often be rejected at auditions and callbacks under the excuse of "we know her as Lizzie McGuire."
Despite that, Hilary still has a lot of love for the character. "I've obviously had to think about [Lizzie] a lot. The lines get so blurry between me and her, and I think they are for the world, still," the "How I Met Your Father" actress explained.
"And they probably always will be. I think just accepting that has brought me a lot of peace," she shared. "That doesn't mean I don't have a backbone, and I don't have a drive, and I don't have a vision. I have all of those things."
The mom of three continued, "Now I'm like, 'I love her.' She's the greatest. She made everyone feel good."