Hilary Erhard Duff is an American actress and singer. She began acting at a young age and rose to prominence as a teen idol, playing the title character in the television series Lizzie McGuire and its 2003 film adaptation. The success of the series led to roles in films such as Agent Cody Banks, Cheaper by the Dozen, A Cinderella Story, and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. Duff has additionally appeared in numerous guest roles and appearances in television, including an award-winning recurring role on the third season of Gossip Girl as Olivia Burke, and the television film Beauty & the Briefcase. In 2014, she landed a starring role in the upcoming TV Land sitcom Younger as Kelsey. Other than that, she has acted in several independent films with praised roles in War, Inc., According to Greta, and Bloodworth. Duff has also served as a voice actress for a number of direct-to-video animated features. Duff is noted for her musical career, which has produced the albums Santa Claus Lane, Metamorphosis, Hilary Duff, Dignity, and a forthcoming album scheduled for release in 2014. As of July 2014, she has sold more than 15 million records worldwide.
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I'm Hilary Duff.
My new single is "Sparks" and my new album, "Breathe In. Breathe Out." is released tomorrow June 16.
I'm here at reddit with Victoria helping me out today. AMAA!
Thank you guys so much for taking time out of your day to be here, and asking me questions, and listen to me babble! I really hope you enjoy "Breathe In. Breathe Out." I thank you for sticking with me for such a long time, and supporting everything I do. And I'm just grateful. So thank you and I hope you enjoyed the chat!
A few years ago a friend and I were walking toward Avalon on a Thursday night when he spotted you at Katsuya. Being young and naive, I got very excited and turned back, at which I time I pointed at you and shouted "YOU'RE HILARY DUFF!" Then you slowly turned and walked away, seemingly frightened.
Do you remember this encounter? If so, I apologize for startling you.
No, I don't remember that encounter, but I guess I'm used to being yelled at in public!
Hawks or Lightning?
I'd say the Hawks.
What would you tell the 13 year old you?
I remember feeling really insecure at 13. Like, part of my job was...I had to have a certain confidence, and a certain bravery, but inside I felt like a very normal insecure 13 year old. And I guess I would tell her to just take it easy on herself. That everything sorts itself out. And everything's not such a big deal. And I guess I would be like "Just wait until you're an adult - Wait until you're an ADULT, if you think that's a big deal!"
And I'd give her a pat on the back, and say "Good job. Calm down!"
What was your Tinder experience like that you haven't revealed? What did you enjoy the most and dislike the most? How did the guys you dated feel about the situation?
Thank you for all the work you do!
My Tinder experience was a bit of a social experiment for me. It was fun to do something that people wouldn't expect me to do. It was fun to be in a situation that I wouldn't normally ever be in. But it was all for a purpose, you know? It was all for my video. I think i was surprised that i met such normal people on there. But I'm still so confused by the whole situation...It's so crazy to me! But it makes sense. This is the day & age that we live in. It totally makes sense to meet people that way. It was fun. It was fun to surprise people, and do something unexpected!
What was it like working on Cheaper By The Dozen?
That was a really fun movie to shoot. There were so many kids. And that always made for an interesting day. There was always fun to be had in-between takes. We were in Canada at some lake, so we'd be fishing, or somebody would be playing a prank on someone. It was really a great experience. Bonnie Hunt and Steve Martin were amazing to work with. It was like a movie that affected so many people. So many people related to it. It was a great family film. Really happy I got to be in that.
What does your ideal breakfast consist of?
I make a lot of bacon in my house. I don't know why, I just love bacon, and I probably eat it too much. I mean, I always have coffee. I'll eat eggs, and oatmeal. But my son loves bacon too. So it's a big go-to in my household.
Is there a reason why Hilary is spelled with only one "L"?
Because my parents really made a huge mistake! I don't know... I like the way my name is spelled, and I think now the rest of the world knows how to spell my name, but growing up, it was pretty much ALWAYS misspelled.
How are you so pretty?
I have a team of hair and makeup people that have been with me all day long making me pretty. But that's really sweet. I'm flattered by that. I'm very lucky that I guess... knowing how to do my makeup and my hair, it's the business that I'm in, so I've gotten to learn a lot of tips and tricks that normal people probably don't have access to? But thank you!
Did you enjoy filming the first or second more?
I probably enjoyed filming the second one more. We were filming on a lake, and it was a lot of fun. We all had to stay on this campsite, basically, so every night after work we would all have to hang out. We were in log cabins, it was fun.
What was it like working with Tove Lo? She seems like such a fun person.
I'm in love with your new album and I hope you enjoyed working on it as much as I enjoy listening to it.
Aww, thank you! I love hearing that.
Loved working with Tove. She's a cool chick, for sure. REALLY talented. And really added something special to my record. I'm really grateful for that.
If you had a shrink ray who would you shrink and what would you so with them?
That's tough! I might shrink Luca every once in a while, so I could pop him in my pocket and take him with me everywhere I go.
Hi Hilary! What is your favorite part of being a mom? What is your best remedy for when Luca has a cough?
Ooh, that's a good one.
I think I feel so grateful that I get to have so many new experiences with him. I mean, everything in my life has changed because of him, and all of it is for the better.
It's so entertaining to watch how his little brain works, and the questions that he asks me, the things he's interested in - it's amazing to watch him grow and become a little person, and I get to watch him grow and follow along with him. And laugh a ton in the process. It's great.
It depends on how bad it is. They make some natural cough syrup that I will use? I'll try to keep a humidifier in his room. And put baby Vic's vapor rub on his feet and his chest when he's sleeping.
Hey Hilary! Thanks for doing this today.
I have always been a fan. Saw you twice in concert in 2004/2005. My sister & I used to fight over who loved you more!! I can't tell you how many posters we had of you. Tour books, door-sized posters, DVDs, CDs.
It's been incredible to see you grow into a successful, independent, & beautiful adult.
So my questions are which do you favor more: music or acting? Why? Also, what's the most meaningful song on Breathe In. Breathe Out to you? Also will we see you on Haylie's cooking show?
Thank you so much!
Well, first of all. That's a cute story. I have stories with my sister like that too. I would say maybe I feel more comfortable with acting, you know? I've done that longer. I feel like that was my passion as a child, and my dream. And I fell into the singing, and obviously, get something totally different from it. I love being a musician now. I think it took me a long time to consider myself that, because I really have to work at it. But being onstage, there's no other feeling like it. It's tough to choose. Being in front of a live audience is something really special.
I'm trying to get an answer first! They're both so different.
This season I was so upset, but I didn't get to be on Haylie's show. I was so busy with my record and traveling so much that none of our dates matched up. It was such a bummer, because it's such an amazing show, and we have so much fun together. And it's a shame, because we have so much fun cooking together. Next season, i will!
My favorite song on Breathe In. Breathe Out., one that's close to my heart is "Brave Heart." I wrote that song. And it's a bit of a sad song, but there's definitely strength in it.
And I love that about it.
What currently running tv show do you think has the best message for today's kids? What's your personal favorite tv show?
You know, I don't have a lot of time to watch tv, so I don't really know what shows are sending good messages to youth, but some shows I love to watch are - I like a lot of dramas, so I love ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, EMPIRE, SCANDAL, I watch a lot of drama.
what's your favorite Taylor Swift song?
Oooooh, toughie. Tough call.
Maybe "Welcome to New York"?
What is your favorite travel destination in the world?
What's top on your list for places you haven't been, but would like to visit?
I'm so lucky that I've gotten to travel as much as I have! But I haven't gotten to vacation in a lot of places I've been. Tokyo's one of my favorite places in the whole world. I love Hawaii for vacations. I've had some really good memories there. And I'm dying to go to Greece.