Everyone knows the name Miley Cyrus, but perhaps soon everyone will also know the name of her little sister, Noah Cyrus, too. After all, Noah’s already appeared in her father’s TV drama Doc and made a cameo or two in Hannah Montana, the show that catapulted her big sister to fame. Perhaps it’s time, though, for her to step out of her famous family’s shadow. And as Noah does that by pursuing a music career, let’s look at her life and career highlights to date.
After all, while Miley may have started acting at eight years old, Noah got her break in the field when she was younger still. It was at the age of just three, in fact, that she appeared on Doc. This was a Christian-themed medical drama, starring her father Billy Ray Cyrus in the titular role. Specifically, she played a character named Gracie Hebert in half a dozen episodes of the show.
And like her sister, Noah had a penchant for music. “My dad always had me sing alongside him while he played guitar,” she told Paper magazine in 2016. “He taught me how to harmonize to an old song of his, ‘Missing You.’”
But she also had a clear love of acting, just like her sister. And when in 2006 Miley got her own show on the Disney Channel, Hannah Montana, Noah came along for the ride. She played various roles both in the show and in 2009’s film adaptation Hannah Montana: The Movie.
Suffice to say that it was Noah’s big sister who was in the limelight the most at that time. Nevertheless, the younger sibling’s turns in the show also led her on to bigger and better things. In particular, Noah nabbed further big-screen roles that set her on the path to potentially becoming as famous as Miley.
In 2008, for example, Noah appeared in the straight-to-DVD movie Mostly Ghostly, developed from a book by R.L. Stine. And the film’s director and Hannah Montana co-creator Rich Correll went on to tell People that year, “[Noah] is a real natural in front of the camera, just like her sister.”
It was also 2008 which saw Noah take on one of the most important roles of her career: she voiced the title character in the English dub of the Hayao Miyasaki movie Ponyo. And she was among some prestigious company, as that version of the film also featured the voices of Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson and Noah’s fellow child actor Frankie Jonas.
“I got involved with the film when my mom came in my room, and she was just like, ‘You got a part for this little fish named Ponyo, and you will also be doing the movie with Frankie Jonas.’ I was really excited that I was going to do [Ponyo] with my best friend,” Noah said while doing promotion for the movie.
And, for a while, certain corners of the internet speculated that Noah and Frankie were romantically entwined. Fuel was added to the fire in particular when Noah tweeted the message “I love you Frankie! forever and always.” But she was only nine years old then – much too young to properly date.
From 2009 to 2010, meanwhile, Noah ran a webshow with her best friend Emily Grace Reaves. What’s more, with the help of the adults around them, the pair began designing a range of clothes for kids. And while there were nasty rumors that Noah was being made to design “lingerie for children,” no one need have feared: the company she worked with merely designed cute tutu-style dresses.
And Noah stuck with the kids’ fashion industry for a while: in 2011, at the age of 11, she became the face of Stoney Clover Lane Bracelets. That wasn’t all she was doing, though. At the time, she was also frequently attending premieres and events with her famous sister, who was now making movies like teen drama The Last Song.
Furthermore, as Noah entered her teenage years her love of animals became more and more clear. Indeed, while the Cyrus family were already big supporters of rescue dog charities, Noah went one further. Specifically, she used her 13th birthday to raise funds for NYCLASS, a charity trying to help horses being made to pull carriages in New York City.
Moreover, Noah encouraged her fans to donate $13 to NYCLASS instead of sending her presents. “When I first learned about the inhumane treatment of horses in New York City, I was devastated,” the New York Daily News quoted her as saying during that period. “As a rider, I would never put my horse at risk in dangerous midtown traffic.”
Indeed, Noah’s love of riding and horses was becoming a big driving force in her life. “I want to go to the Olympics for riding and then possibly become a trainer,” she told Teen Vogue in 2013. “Maybe I’ll sing and act when I’m older, but right now, it’s just about the horses.”
However, Noah was growing up fast. And, with the help of her sister, she was experimenting with new looks. “[Miley] comes to my house a lot and she’ll go in my closet,” she told Us Weekly in July 2013, “and tell me what things I should keep and what things I shouldn’t keep.” By December of that year, meanwhile, she had dyed her hair black.
And as Miley Cyrus turned more and more into a figure of controversy with her wild-child antics, some of the not always pleasant publicity rubbed off on Noah. For one, the two sisters were rumored to have entered a nightclub together. There were also suggestions that Noah had gotten tattoos. All, it must be said, while she was still of middle school age…
“At this point, Noah is a teenage train wreck in the making, thanks to her sister,” an anonymous source told the International Business Times in 2014. And it certainly seemed like Noah was trying her best to imitate Miley’s misbehavior. She even appeared alongside Miley on her elder sibling’s “Bangerz” tour dressed in a skintight cat outfit.
And yet, no trainwreck happened. Even Miley, not known for restraint, insisted that she wanted to keep her sister away from the seedier side of showbiz. “She’s really into sports. She really loves horses, so I’m going to keep her on that and keep her innocence as long as I can,” she told Australian radio station 2DayFM in 2014.
And Noah seemed to be choosing fairly sensible ways to advance her career. For example, she continued to advocate for animals by appearing in a gruesome but effective PETA ad. that saw her stand up against the practice of dissecting small animals in high school classes.
As 2016 rolled around, meanwhile, Noah continued to share the odd headline with her sister. In particular, the media commented on how her looks had changed and that she was now a “mini-me” of Miley. But she was about to start going solo in a big way.
In the closing months of 2016, moreover, Noah launched her pop career with the song “Make Me (Cry).” British star Labrinth produced and featured on the track – and the consensus was that it was actually surprisingly good. Perhaps, then, just like her big sister did, it’ll be the music charts that Noah Cyrus will conquer next.