Miley Cyrus gets candid about working with Woody Allen, the power of using her voice and growing up struggling with her gender and sexual identity in a new interview with Variety.
The interview comes from Variety's Power of Women issue honoring Cyrus for the efforts of her Happy Hippie foundation, which aims to improve the lives of homeless and LGBTQ youth.
She cites her activism as something that stemmed from the negative backlash from her 2013 VMA performance, during which she danced onstage with teddy bears and gyrated against Robin Thicke.
"It was making me feel like I was living a dumb life -- like I should just pick another job," Cyrus said. "I didn't understand my power at that point. People listen because of who I am, so instead of being embarrassed, I should say: 'F--- yeah, I got the microphone.'" The actress and pop star said she is using her time on NBC's The Voice as a platform to speak about her foundation.
She also speaks at length about growing up pansexual and how she struggled to find a label that she felt comfortable with. "People may not see me as neutral as I feel. But I feel very neutral... Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more. I was like, 'Oh -- that's why I don't feel straight and I don't feel gay. It's because I'm not.'"
Because of how public her life has been, Cyrus says she tries to view people without judgment, especially in regards to working with Woody Allen on his Amazon series Crisis in Six Scenes.
"Until I know someone and I know their story, I never really judge anyone," Cyrus said. "I never saw him be anything but an incredible person and a really great dad. People might slam me for saying that. I'm sure it was a hard time for that family. My family has been through hard things, and I think everyone's suffering is different."
Read the full interview here.