As she says later in our interview, Hilary Duff likes a good challenge.
Slowly, though, and almost under the radar, Hilary Duff has been turning in noteworthy, character-rich performances in a variety of lower-budgeted independent films, including , both released in 2009.
And, in this writer's opinion, Duff's strongest onscreen work to date is hitting theaters this week, with her nuanced turn as a good-hearted, but troubled, teen in the Southern gothic family drama centers around a seriously dysfunctional, eponymous Tennessee brood, which reaches its tipping point of infighting when the long-missing patriarch, E. Bloodworth (Kris Kristofferson in a poignant turn), returns to them after 40 years.
It seems like it would be a difficult balance in choosing projects, because you probably want to keep one foot with the audience that grew up with you when you were a teen and child star.
At the same time, you want to get taken seriously as an actress. And if it had been a great project, I would have done it, you know?
Hilary Duff: I think just working on an independent movie...
There's a lot of freedom, a lot less pressure, a lot of time to play, with the director, Shane [Dax Taylor]. I mean, he's very quiet, so he's not the guy that's going to give you in detail...It was not all fancy, but that was one of my favorite experiences. But it's fun, you know, it's not my calling, but I like a good challenge, though, and that's what it was.Let's talk about your first book,, so it was around two years ago. I'm a different person now, and I think people have kind of accepted that, and are more open to seeing me in projects like this.So, obviously, if some big blockbuster movie came along, and wanted me for it, I would do it, but I felt the independent route was nice for me, just to get to work with people that I appreciate, and do things to be seen in a different light, I guess.And I was pretty picky about what I chose, and, you know, now I want to make a record again.