Not so fast. Malia Obama, 10, and Sasha Obama, 7, may be in the public eye in a major way thanks to their dad’s new gig as president-elect, but that doesn’t mean the first daughters are suddenly going Hollywood.
According to an interview given by Billy Ray Cyrus on Monday, the young Obama girls — who have been carefully sheltered from the glare of the media spotlight by President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle — were invited to appear on his daughter Miley Cyrus’ popular Disney show, “Hannah Montana.” But, in addition to Miley‘s lack of knowledge about said cameo, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, the communications director for Michelle Obama, told MTV News on Tuesday (November 11) that “we have received no such inquiry for the girls.”
The response came a day after Billy Ray told “Access Hollywood” that the Obama siblings might appear on the show in the spring. “They probably will. The invitation is there,” Cyrus told the celebrity TV show. “The ‘Hannah Montana’ film comes out in April. Maybe something might happen around then.” Cyrus would not elaborate on what kind of role the Obama girls would play, saying, “I can’t, I can’t. I have got to keep a secret.”
Disney released a statement in response to the confusion on Tuesday, saying, “We’re pleased that Malia and Sasha are fans and, as long as their parents say it’s OK, they are invited to the set of ‘Hannah Montana’ and all Disney Channel shows, for a guest role or a visit, anytime.”
Like the Obama camp, Miley herself seemed unaware of the possible ratings stunt, telling “Access,” “I think that would be really cool and if anything, [we would] have them visit the set. They could see what we do, and we could hear about what they do.”
A spokesperson for Cyrus had not returned calls for comment at press time.