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"I think that she's growing with the show, and I think it's such a great platform for her," Gomez told MTV News, adding that she has yet to talk to Cyrus about her post-"Hannah Montana" plans. "And she's lived up to it as wonderfully as she could, and I think she continues to carry it, but she's ready for other things."
Although there's still some time until the show does finally end, Cyrus has expressed her desire to tackle more mature projects, like her role in the forthcoming Nicholas Sparks movie "The Last Song." "Everything is so dramatic in the world," Cyrus told Harper's Bazaar. "My job is to be a role model, and that's what I want to do, but my job isn't to be a parent. My job isn't to tell your kids how to act or how not to act, because I'm still figuring that out for myself. So to take that away from me is a bit selfish. Your kids are going to make mistakes whether I do or not. That's just life."
While Cyrus is bidding a fond farewell to her alter ego, Gomez is still having a good time playing Alex Russo on her Disney show. " 'Wizards of Waverly Place' is getting much more mature in terms of our comedy, [but] we are still keeping the youthfulness of our characters," she said. "I just feel like we're all kind of growing, so the characters are evolving."