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|Hilary Duff's concert tour brings her to Baton Rouge||Jan 09, 2004|
|by Lisa Tramontana Kleinpeter|
An article about Hillary Duff, Christina mentioned.
"Disney has created other child stars. Think Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. But Duff has a sweetness about her that sets her apart. In other words, parents like her as much as their children do."
Read on for the whole article.
|Hilary Duff in a scene from the film 'Cheaper by the Dozen,' in which she co-stars with Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. |
Young people everywhere know her as the Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire, the sweet and funny star of a TV show that chronicles the highs and lows of those awkward early teenage years.
Hilary Duff broke off negotiations last May for another Lizzie season, but her star just keeps rising. Locals can catch a glimpse of that star when Duff appears in concert Sunday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Riverside Centroplex.
That's right. The wholesome 16-year-old actress has now added singer to her already long list of accomplishments and is finishing up her first national concert tour, which kicked off in November.
In August, her solo CD Metamorphosis was released, quickly moving to the top of the charts and spawning a bonafide hit with "So Yesterday." That was after garnering lots of attention last spring with two songs on The Lizzie McGuire TV and movie soundtracks, which included the singles "Why Not" and "I Can't Wait."
Music critics were surprised to learn that this popular actress could actually sing. Putting her acting work on hold, she decided to commit all her free time to promoting the album, whose title isn't hard to decipher.
"I'm going to give my mom all the credit (for the title)," said Duff. "She said, 'Hil, what about Metamorphosis?' and I thought, 'that's a really good idea.' The change isn't necessarily in me. It's about a change for everybody else. Most people are used to me as the characters I've played, but this music is a good way to get everyone to know me ... it's more personal ... so ... Metamorphosis."
The tour has been time-consuming to say the least. Duff's family, which keeps homes in Los Angeles and Houston, celebrated Christmas together, but Duff was still busy trying to work in television appearances, including a New Year's Eve hosting gig on MTV.
On Monday, Maria Kleinman of Walt Disney Records Media Relations Department ticked off a laundry list of Hilary's typical "things to do."
"She's traveling all the time now that she's on tour," said Kleinman. "She starts a new movie on the 19th. She has four hours of tutoring every day. She hosts Teen Nick tomorrow night and I've got a 24-page script here that she hasn't even seen yet."
It wasn't always so chaotic. In fact, Duff's path to celebrity has been fairly smooth. Until the age of six, it seemed that she might dance her way into the public's heart, starting with the people in her hometown of Houston. She performed with BalletMet Columbus in those early days.
But a television commercial pushed her in the direction of acting and she was soon earning small roles in TV and movies, including The Soul Collector and Chicago Hope. Her breakthrough, however, came in 2001 with the Lizzie McGuire role and sudden exposure to millions of young viewers who identified with, and laughed at Lizzie's typical teenage growing pains.
She parlayed her "cute-as-a-button" TV popularity into big-time success with two feature films in the spring of 2003 -- The Lizzie McGuire Movie and Agent Cody Banks, in which she co-starred with another hot teen property, Frankie Muniz. Moviegoers can also see her in the just-released Cheaper By the Dozen starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. And she plans to star in A Cinderella Story in summer, 2004.
How does Hilary Duff keep up this balancing act? There's no doubt that she's hardworking, motivated and talented. But more importantly, her appeal crosses age boundaries.
Disney has created other child stars. Think Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. But Duff has a sweetness about her that sets her apart. In other words, parents like her as much as their children do.
If she wanted to, Duff could attract attention by dressing provocatively or behaving beyond her years, as many other teen celebrities do. But she resists. Indeed, she seems not to mind her good-girl image nor to be in a hurry to grow up.
Best of all, Duff seems to understand the responsibility that goes along with being a celebrity. She says people come up to her often and tell her she is a role model.
"There are parts of me that think that's really cool -- they love watching my show and like my work and it's awesome," she said. "But I think kids should really look up to people that have made a big difference in the world.
"I've also heard people say, 'I don't want to be a role model.' But that's kind of like their job. When you get into this business, you have to set a positive image. You have to set an example."
A look at her official Web site shows that fame hasn't changed Duff too much. She regularly posts messages to her fans and her down-to-earth sensibility comes through.
Just two weeks ago on Christmas Eve, the teen queen took time to wish her fans happy holidays and thank them for their support and love. It should come as no surprise that she signs off in a charming (and typically teenage) fashion.
"Gotta run now and get ready for dinner. Luv ya'll, xoxo, Hil."
Tickets to Duff's Baton Rouge concert range from $27.50 to $35. Call Ticketmaster at 225-761-8400 or the Centroplex Box Office at 225-389-4940.
Kidie Thornton, marketing manager of the Centroplex says that due to heightened security, concertgoers are asked not to bring purses or bags into the arena. (Those who do will have them searched).
Also, no strollers, video recorders or cameras will be allowed.
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