Hannah Montana’s Real Life

That squealing you hear is the sound of tween and teenage girls (and their desperate families) trying to score tickets to a Miley Cyrus concert. The film of her "Best of Both Worlds" Hannah Montana tour hits movie theater screens this week—and, even better (or worse), it's in 3-D. But be warned: you may need to get in line for this, too. Although the movie doesn't come out until Friday, it's already one of the top 10 movies of all time in presold tickets on the Web site MovieTickets.com—ahead of "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." Cyrus, who stars as Hannah Montana (a regular girl with a secret life as a rock star) on the Disney Channel show, is a 15-year-old phenom. She's not just a bigger act than her father, former country singer Billy Ray; late last year the prices for scalped tickets to her concert topped those for Bruce Springsteen's. Cyrus spoke to NEWSWEEK's Ramin Setoodeh last week from the road. Excerpts:

Where are you?
I'm in Phoenix, Ariz. We're actually just about to leave. We have a show in Austin later on today.

Do you like touring?
I like it. It makes me crazy, because you never know where you are, or where you're going to be, or how long you're going to be in one place for.

Have you seen your movie yet?
It's really cool because I've always wanted to see our show. I'm a really big perfectionist about what I do, making sure everything is in its place. I was like, "Dang, it's finally perfect and I'm not able to see my show. I want to see it!" Finally it was like I was at my own concert, which is, like, wild. You literally feel like you're in the front row.

What's the 3-D like?
They would bounce a drumstick or they would throw a guitar pick and it would feel like you're in better seats than the front row.

Will you tour again in the future?
Definitely after this tour I want to do another tour. But I want to go back and do some more acting and have a little break. I want to write some more and have some new songs, too. The people who saw this show will want to come again.

Do you have any hobbies?
My favorite thing to do in my spare time is to write. That's a weird hobby type thing. Everyone is like, "You never stop working." But it's not work to me. I love to write. Mostly writing is one of my hobbies.

Do you only write songs? Or do you do poetry, too?
Yeah, all kinds of cool things. Which is, like, supercool if you're able to do that. I like it.

Would you publish a short story?
I write mostly songs. But I'm writing a book called "The Diary of Priscilla's Coffeehouse," about all the people I met at this coffee shop in Toluca Lake. I don't want to publish it or anything. It's a book for myself.

What kind of people did you meet?
I started playing guitar with one of the guys who's been sitting out there for 10 years or something wild. He taught me some songs. It was really fun, because I was totally incognito. They didn't know who I was.

Do you like to shop?
I love to shop. It's been so fun being on tour, because I've had so many opportunities to go to so many different places. It's been really cool.

What's the best city?
There's a few. Vegas is a good one, Phoenix is a good one, and Florida is a good one. New York is pretty good. The higher-end places, like New York and places like Phoenix, have ginormous malls.

Do you get mobbed at the mall?
Sometimes. Sometimes, for sure.

Do you like to bargain-shop?
I do. On this tour I got to go to a lot of places. I have my mom with me. If I can get it cheaper, then I will. It will have to take me loving sometimes so much to get it, because I'm picky.

How many dogs do you have?
I have my little dog in my bed right now! It's a little Yorkie named Shooter. My other dog is named Roadie. I had to leave her, and she turned all big and gray and weird for some reason. She doesn't even look like the same dog anymore. I think my brother replaced her. So I have two Yorkies, a Shih Tzu, a German shepherd and a golden lab mix.

Did you think about bringing the others with you?
We did have all of them on the road and it was way too much. You opened our bus and it was a stinking zoo. So we were done with that.

So who takes care of them?
My dad is at home, so he takes care of them.

He's not on the road with you?
He's actually never been on the road with me. Which is, like, totally crazy. I was kind of bummin'. He came for a couple shows, but he doesn't get to be on the road with me. He takes care of my little sister and my animals.

Does your dad have any advice for how to rock it out?
Keep having fun. It does get harder, especially when it's the 62nd show: "Ohmygosh, this again?" But I think the thing to remember is to look out in the crowd and know this isn't the 62nd time they're watching the show. This is the first time. So make it the greatest.

You're single now, right?

Are you interested in dating someone in the near future?
Maybe if I'm in L.A., who knows.

Is it easier in L.A.?
I have to be in one place. I wouldn't put up with my schedule. I definitely don't think there's a guy out there willing to. We'll see.

Would you be in the new "High School Musical" movie?
At the beginning there was talk of me playing one of the characters. But it kind of interferes with the "Hannah Montana" movie, so I don't think I'm going to be able to do that.

But you're a big "HSM" fan?
I am. I've got a little sister, so she's in love.