'Hannah Montana' Co-Star Defends Miley Cyrus: 'A Little Naughty Is Good!'

'Weren't we all doing naughty things?' Melora Hardin says of her teen days.

At the ripe old age of 16, [artist id="2408193"]Miley Cyrus[/artist] has already caused several stirs in the world of photography. There was the Vanity Fair photo spread, pics of her posing in her underwear, and just this week, Cyrus was snapped making a gesture that appeared to mock Asians.

But Cyrus' "Hannah Montana: The Movie" co-star Melora Hardin isn't about to criticize the teen. "When you're 15 and you're in the spotlight, who wouldn't court some controversy?" she told MTV News at the screening of "He's Just Not That Into You." "I would have if I had been in the spotlight at 15."

The "Office" star added that sometimes when you're a teenager, these things just happen. "Weren't we all doing naughty things? I hope we were ... at least somewhat naughty, not too naughty," she laughed. "A little naughty is good!"

Despite any hot water the Disney star might be in these days, Hardin insists that when the two worked together on "Hannah Montana," she only saw Cyrus' professional side. "Miley's great. She's a hard worker," she said. "She works hard, and she's a professional. She comes to work on time. She knows her lines. She's in the recording booth when she's not on set. She's on tour when she's not doing that."

Cyrus addressed the latest photo scandal in a blog post Thursday (February 5), saying people need someone to target "now that Britney is back on top of her game again."

"They need someone to pick on! Lucky me! Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know what is in my heart," Cyrus wrote. "You guys know me and have been by my side every step of the way!"

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