With an album, a concert tour, movies and merchandise carrying her name, Hilary Duff
is one of the busiest 19-year-olds around. Her latest adventure has her creating original designs for a virtual doll community. PEOPLE caught up with Duff to dish on her latest project and find out what it's like to be one of Hollywood's hottest teens.
Are you taking time off to relax this summer?
No, I'm going to be working all summer. I have a tour in Canada and then I start touring in the States and then I'll be going to Europe, so it's going to be a really crazy summer but it's fun.
What is something that you won't leave home without?
I bring my two dogs with me. It's hard because you're in a different hotel room almost every day and it's just so impersonal. I'm definitely a homebody so having them there makes it more comfortable. And my laptop – I bring that pretty much everywhere – and lots of shoes!
So you can have options?
Yes. You know what's funny? When you're on tour – except for at night because you get dressed up for the show – normally you look so gross. You just throw on sweats and don't do anything with yourself until the show. After about a month of that you're like, "I feel like a man. I need to be cute." So I have to have cute options and put a little effort into it.
What kind of music will you listen to on the road?
I've been getting into a lot of older hip-hop music recently like Dr. Dre. Something about the summer brings it out in me – like I love Salt-N-Peppa. I love Amy Winehouse right now and Bloc Party's new CD and I'm still a huge Cure fan.
You recently signed up to be a part of the Stardoll.com community. How did that happen?
When I was younger I loved paper dolls and so it's kind of like an updated version of that. When my manager told me about it I was really excited because it sounded so cute.
What's it like seeing yourself as a cyber doll?
It's strange at first but I've done a couple things like that before. I'm a character in a video game so it just becomes normal after you start seeing yourself in magazines and on TV and everywhere else.