The latest three-episode season of the critically acclaimed Netflix show Black Mirror hit the streaming giant and fans and critics alike have been highly critical of each episode. But with that aside let’s take a look at Miley Cyrus’ debut as the pop star Ashley O in her episode and three fun things you may not have known about her role in this tale about the dark side of artificial intelligence and how the whole idea of a physical singer may become obsolete in the very near future.
Why Miley Signed Up As The Star
Without giving away too much, Miley Cyrus has been a pop star in her own right for a very long time (remember those Hannah Montana days?). The creators of the episode, Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker knew early on that they wanted an actress who was also a singer to add some much-needed authenticity to the experience of a pop star being fazed out of her career. They approached Cyrus, and it turned out that she had been a long time watcher of the series and wanted to be involved as soon as she saw the script.
Since Miley obviously knew the world her character was supposed to be in very well, she had some of her own ideas which Charlie and Annabel quickly incorporated. These were namely how newer generations are obsessed with their phones and recording everything that happens around them as stories on Instagram and personal videos. She wanted to try and draw attention to the fact that everyone is always connected to their phone and viewing everything through it rather than setting it down and actually just experiencing the show without distraction which shines through in the closing scenes of the episode.
A Nine Inch Nails Cover
Another major factor was the fact that Miley can actually sing which was extremely appealing to the creators but they decided to have fun with it by contacting Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails to see if he would be open to one his songs being covered. As luck would have it, he too is a fan of the dystopian series and he gave the go-ahead to have “Head In A Hole” turned into a fluffy pop piece sung by Miley. It was great that Miley was able to encompass her role so fully but also slightly disturbing to see the lengths that some people will go to maintain their relevancy and the bottom line.