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Kidsday chats with Emily Osment

We met singer and actress Emily Osment when she was in Westbury recently. We really like her on the TV show “Hannah Montana,” and we like her new CD, “All the Right Wrongs.”
 
Who or what inspired you to write these songs?

I don’t know just life in general kind of inspired me. I listen to a lot of music that inspired me. I listen to somebody named Alanis Morrisette who had some big hits in the ’90s. Kind of inspired some of the stuff on the CD.
 
What character do you think is more your personality? Lilly from “Hannah Montana” or Melissa from “Dadnapped”?

Oh gosh, neither. They’re all so different. Lilly’s really nuts and crazy and just kind of wild and out there. Despite how crazy these boots are. I’m not as crazy as Lilly is. And Melissa just seems kind of very focused and very smart and knows what she wants. She went on a whole trek to find her Dad. She just seems very just bold and that’s a real good quality to have. I guess you can say I’m kind of more like Melissa just because I’m kind of a bold person I guess.
 
Do you like rock music or slower music?

I like both. I kind of like tend to lend myself more toward rock music.
 
Have you wanted to be a famous singer all of your life?

I don’t know about famous singer. I wanted to have some sort of just hands-on music at some point in my life just because I love music so much. That was just a big dream of mine, just to write music. As far as being famous, I could do it without the fame, but it definitely helps when you’re trying to reach people with your music.
 
How do you find the time to go to school, act, plus write and record your own music?

You know when it’s important to you, you kind of find time. You make time. It’s kind of like when you’re doing your homework and you kind of want to — you find other things to do. It’s kind of like that. I make time for all the things that I think are important.
 
Which do you enjoy more singing or acting?

I enjoy both. I feel like I’ve loved them both my whole life. They’re both very close to my heart and I don’t think I could really chose one or just do one for the rest of my life. I think I would have to do both.
 
Are you more of a tomboy or girlie?

Definitely more of a tomboy. I don’t like shopping. It took me forever to force myself to do my nails this week. I didn’t even get them done. I did them myself. I play guitar so they’re always kind of wrecked. Honestly I have my days when I am a girly girl. Being a girl is very fun.
 
Were any of your songs based on your real life?

Yeah, pretty much every song was based on a specific experience. It makes it easier to write a song when you have like a certain person or something that happened to you to pull from. Definitely yeah. I have some people like I know that songs about me. It’s kind of cool.
 
What were you thinking about when you sang “Average Girl” for the first time?

“Average Girl” was originally a song called “Valentine’s Day,” and I wrote that with Tom Higgenson. Do you know the song Plain White T’s, the song “Hey There Delilah”? He’s a really cool guy. We wrote that song together, and that song was just kind of about “Valentine’s Day” going bad. It was originally a slower version and we decided to pump it up a little bit. I like that song. It’s a cool song to sing.
 
You said that your “I Hate the Homecoming Queen” song was written after you had an argument with a girl in school. Does the girl know you wrote the song about her?

That’s a good question! I don’t know if I could say it’s about a specific girl. It’s kind of just taken, the girl in the story, “I Hate the Homecoming Queen” was a combination of just high school in general kind of. But it was kind of just directed to all mean girls. So you can kind of relate to that I guess. If you know any mean girls, they’re not very funny.
 
Who is your favorite musician of all time?

Of all time? I'm a big John Lennon fan. He's pretty cool. He’s not around anymore, but he still of all time my favorite musician.
 
Is it hard to learn and memorize all your songs?

You would think it would be hard especially when you’re playing a live show you might get nervous. But honestly, it’s not. It’s just kind of embedded; it’s kind of like muscle memory like you just don’t really forget. But down the line, if I do forget one of my songs it’s not going to be good. I don’t know it doesn’t seem as difficult as it may seem.
 
What performers do you consider to be your role model?

Role model. I don’t know. It's hard to say. I wouldn’t want to say this specific person is my role model because I’m trying to set my own path. I’m not trying to follow anybody else’s. Like I said I do like Alana Morrisette. Her stuff is really good. She’s a really great songwriter. So I wouldn’t mind taking some of her stuff on her songs because they’re pretty good.
 
We read that you wrote all the songs on your album. How long does it usually take to write a song and how often do you make changes to songs once they’re written?

That’s a good question. It really depends. Some songs, “I Hate the Homecoming Queen,” didn’t take that long to write. Just that one — took us about an hour to write. It wasn’t really hard and I co-write every song on the record with other people, with other musicians. And songs like “You Were The Only One,” that song took a lot longer to write. Honestly it’s actually a longer song in general, but it just really depends on what you're writing about and what the music is like and how complicated the melody might be or something like that. So honestly it depends on every song. I make changes to song after they’re written all the time, all the time. I never write a song and say OK it’s good. It’s like wait I want to change that word. I like this chord better or something like that. I’m always changing it.
 
If you could write a song with anyone, who would it be and why?

I don’t know. I have a lot of favorite bands. I don’t know if you guys ever heard of my favorite bands. But there’s a guy named Tom York, whose pretty cool who I would love to write a song with.
 
What is like to write songs with other people?

Writing songs with other people is much different than writing songs by yourself. When you’re writing songs with other people there’s give and take. You have different opinions from both sides. It’s actually easier because you have somebody else to bounce ideas off of.
 
We heard you were a soccer player. Do you still have time to play soccer with your busy schedule?

I don’t sadly. I played soccer when I was little and I played for my high school and “Hannah Montana.” When “Hannah Montana” started I was playing club soccer and “Hannah Montana” were at the same time. And I was like I don’t know which one to do. And I ultimately obviously chose “Hannah Montana.” But I haven't actually played since. I showed a movie called “Soccer Mom,” where I got to play soccer. It was cool because I got to work with like professional soccer players that got to teach me some cool moves. That’s the last time I played.
 
What do you think you will enjoy most about your upcoming tour?

Spending time with my band. I think it’s going to be a big one. It’s my first time in my tour and in fact I’m going to spend the majority of time with them. It’s good that I actually like those guys a lot. But playing live every night to small little grungy clubs is going to be fun. Just sharing my music with real live fans, playing shows and being able to look down and hopefully have those people know the words to the songs. Because
 
Since you and your brother Haley Joel are famous, do you feel a lot of competition between you?

Not at all. I mean he’s a boy and he’s four years older than me. So it’s kind of hard to compete with anything really that he does because he’s so different. Haley and I are very different people, but I think it’s because our age difference is so big. I don’t get to see him much — he lives here and in New York, so I think it definitely helps us get along better.

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