Miley Cyrus hints she was underpaid for 'Hannah Montana'

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Miley Cyrus, who was once synonymous with the character Hannah Montana, reveals in the October issue of Elle Magazine she wasn't the highest-paid star on the show.

"I did not grow up spoiled in any way. I just wanted to be on TV," she said.  "I mean, at one point — they'll probably kill me for saying it — I was probably the least-paid person on my cast because I didn't know any better. I was just like, 'I can be on Disney! Yeah, I want to do it!'"

For four seasons Cyrus starred as Miley Stewart, a teen who led a secret double life as popstar Hannah Montana. The 23-year-old is thankful that her parents eventually hired trustworthy people to look out for the singer.

“My name was Miley on my show, but I didn't own my name — we didn't think about that,” she explained. “Like, 'Yeah, you can use my name on your show, sure!' My mom started understanding how many people take advantage of a child, so she hired smart people to protect me in that way. I'm happy that when I was younger, people protected me and put me in a position where I can now control my music."

The October issue of Elle is on newsstands now.