When Disney Channel was deciding on the star in the HANNAH MONTANA TV series, one of the executives wanted my opinion about a young girl they were considering casting as the lead. I had no involvement with the series or the young girl but they wanted me to use my “Dray Meter.” The executives at Disney Channel wanted to know, does she have “it”? Can she be a star? What do you think? “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” was already on the air and was one of her favorite shows. Of course, I loved that! So I invited her to the set of our show to meet her and to apply my Dray Meter.
Once she arrived on set, I opened my arms out wide and gave her the biggest hug. It was right then and there that I saw “the magic”. She was fearless, very confident, personable and willing to work and learn. We spent time together talking and laughing…I felt her star power immediately. She was warm, engaging and ambitious, but underneath it all was a real Southern Girl who wanted to be a kid star badly. She knew where she belonged and she was ready for it.
My report back to the powers that be was… Make the deal with this young girl! She is going to be huge… so, the star of the show? None other than Miley Cyrus. Talk about FABULOUS! Miley never misses a beat to let people know when I am in her presence that the call I made to the Disney Channel executives was the final factor in getting her the job and jump starting her rise to stardom.