- In 2018, Miley Cyrus was shooting “Black Mirror” in South Africa as the Woolsey Fire raged in California.
- In a new interview clip, she said the experience gave her an “anxiety vision” for years to come.
- Cyrus also revealed she filmed the “On a Roll” music video the day after she found out her house burned down.
Miley Cyrus was dancing in a purple wig just one day after her home burned down — because, in her words, “the show must go on.”
The singer-slash-actor reflected on her scandals, triumphs, and tribulations in a new video series promoting her single, “Used to Be Young.”
In a recently released clip, Cyrus opened up about filming an episode of “Black Mirror” in South Africa as the 2018 Woolsey Fire raged in California. Cyrus and her then-fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, were two of the many Malibu residents who lost their homes in the blaze.
“I was in South Africa, but it was taking place in Malibu, so it was just a real trip,” Cyrus explained.
The season five installment in the anthology series, “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” stars Cyrus as Ashley O, a picture-perfect pop star with a sinister backstory. As the episode unfolds, we discover (spoiler alert!) that Ashley O is being physically subdued and exploited by her aunt.
“Like probably two or three years later, after this happened, I didn’t understand, but I would have this anxiety attack with a vision attached — that I would be strapped down to a gurney. So I would have these dreams any time I would go to perform,” Cyrus said. “I thought that was just an anxious vision that made no sense, but actually, as my house was burning down, I was strapped to a gurney with my hands locked in handcuffs, strapped to a bed.”
Cyrus recorded and released Ashley O’s hit single “On a Roll” for the “Black Mirror” soundtrack; in real life, the song appeared on several Billboard charts.
In the new interview clip, Cyrus also revealed that she filmed the “On a Roll” music video the day after her house was destroyed by the Woolsey Fire.
“I found out that my house had burnt to the ground. This was the next day,” she said, pressing play on the music video. “The show must go on.”
At the time, Cyrus said she was “completely devastated” by the news, but also considered herself “one of the lucky ones.” She reassured fans that Hemsworth managed to escape and rescue the couple’s pets.
“My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now,” she wrote on Twitter. “My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful for all I have left.”
Cyrus later described the loss of their home as the catalyst for their wedding, which took place somewhat spontaneously just one month later. They split after seven months of marriage.
“In a way, it did what I couldn’t do for myself,” Cyrus said of the fire in a 2020 interview with Rolling Stone. “It removed me from what no longer was serving its purpose.”
“And then as you drown, you reach for that lifesaver and you want to save yourself,” she continued. “I think that’s really what, ultimately, getting married was for me. One last attempt to save myself.”