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Miley Cyrus Made Less Money Than Her ‘Hannah Montana’ Costars

In her new interview with Elle for the mag’s October issue, Miley Cyrus is revealing a lot. The former Disney Channel star admits that although she was the lead in Hannah Montana, she wasn’t paid as much as her costars. 

“I mean, at one point — they’ll probably kill me for saying it — I was probably the least paid person on my [Hannah Montana] cast because I didn’t know any better,” she said. “I was just like, ‘I can be on Disney! Yeah, I want to do it!'”

Now that Miley’s back on television for the first time since Hannah Montana went off the air in 2011—as one of four celeb coaches on The Voice—she wants to make sure that her mentees don’t get taken advantage of, like she did, as they enter the entertainment business. 

“I don’t want this to come off the wrong way, but I’m going to tell my contestants: Be Bernie Sanders,” she said. “Be the person people want and love. Don’t worry about the masses. That’s how you make a memorable moment. Let people talk about it.”

Though Miley didn’t specify whether or not the Hannah Montana actors who got paid more than her were male, it’s safe to assume at least some of them were. No matter what, we hope Miley has found the best of both worlds in her new role on The Voice

Sarah Nelson is senior at the University of Iowa pursuing a Journalism major, English minor, and Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication Certificate. When she's not binge-watching One Tree Hill or Jane the Virgin on Netflix (again), she's is probably rereading the Harry Potter series or writing for her blog, SarahNdipity. With an addiction to books and coffee, Sarah hopes to take the world by storm as a book editor. Or social media marketer. Or blogger. (She hasn't quite made up her mind yet, but that's okay because who says you have to be just one thing?)