Hilary Duff talks 'Younger,' her music career and pleasing her eager fans

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By: Gibson Johns

Hilary Duff is in a really good place right now.

The actress, who recently confirmed her romance with personal trainer Jason Walsh, is a fan-favorite on TV Land's "Younger," which is currently in the midst of its third season, and she's loving being in "full-blown mom" mode now that the show is done filming.

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Though Duff's singing career has taken a backseat to her acting and other pursuits (she particularly wants to grow her lifestyle brand!), the mother of 4-year-old Luca admits that pressure from fans will ensure that "music will always be an element" to her career.

I recently caught up with Hilary Duff over the phone to talk about "Younger," her partnership with VISINE, pleasing her fans and whether or not her character, Kelsey, will ever sing on the show.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Hilary Duff attends The Build Series to discuss 'Younger' at AOL HQ on September 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Actress Hilary Duff joins Stella Artois to help kick-off a summer of hosting memorable moments in New York City on June 23, 2016. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Stella Artois)
Actors Hilary Duff (L) and Sutton Foster with producer Darren Star (C) attend the 'Younger' Season 3 and 'Impastor' Season 2 New York Premiere at Vandal on September 27, 2016 in New York City. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Singer/Actress Hilary Duff is seen walking in Soho on September 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Hilary Duff visits the SiriusXM Studios on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 15: Actresses Sutton Foster, Miriam Shor and Hilary Duff of TV Lands Younger attend the 'Younger' FYC Screening & Reception at The London West Hollywood on April 15, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for TV Land)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: Hilary Duff attends the after party for the premiere of TV Land's 'Younger' at Chef's Club on March 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Hilary Duff, the star of the ABC/Disney Channel show 'Lizzie McGuire', was a presenter at the 29th International Emmy Awards in New York City on November 19, 2001. photo by Gabe Palacio/ImageDirect
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 26: Actress Hilary Duff (L) hugs singer Aaron Carter as they attend the premiere of The Lizzie McGuire Movie on April 26, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Getty Images)
397855 15: Actress Hilary Duff arrives at the 'Divine Design' fundraiser presented by Project Angel Food November 29, 2001 in Santa Monica, CA. (Photo by Sebastian Artz/Getty Images)
401763 17: Actress Hilary Duff attends the Youth, Improving Non-Profit for Children Awards March 4, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. Former NBA basketball player Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, actor Jim Belushi and former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard were honored at the event. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 1: Actress Hilary Duff guest hosts on MTV's TRL at the MTV Studios May 1, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 31: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actress Hilary Duff backstage at The 2003 MTV Movie Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on May 31, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Actress Hilary Duff (L) and Hailey Duff arrive at the opening of the Stella McCartney store September 28, 2003 in Beverly Hills, California. The store is a high end fashion store that caters to the Hollywood elite. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 14: Actress Hilary Duff attends the premiere of the Universal Pictures movie 'Bruce Almighty' at the Universal Amphitheater May 14, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The film opens in theaters nationwide May 23, 2003. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 3: Actress Hilary Duff accepts an award for 'Best Female Singer' during Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA, April 3, 2004 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: (NY DAILIES OUT) Singer Hilary Duff performs onstage at the Z100 Jingle Ball 2003 at Madison Square Garden December 11, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 10: Actress Hilary Duff arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. 'A Cinderella Story' on July 10, 2004 at the Chinese Theatre, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 15: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actress/musician Hilary Duff and actor Chad Michael Murray appear on stage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios July 15, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 16: Singer Hilary Duff makes an appearance on Good Morning America Summer Concert Series July 16, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
MIAMI - AUGUST 29: Singer/actress Hilary Duff poses in the press room at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards on August 29, 2004 at the American Airlines Arena, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV ? SEPTEMBER 15: Musician Hilary Duff is seen performing on stage during the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 5: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actress and musician Hilary Duff appears on stage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios October 5, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 17: Sisters Haylie Duff (L) and Hilary Duff (R) make an appearance at Milk Studios to debut their advertising campaign for Ice Breakers Liquid Ice February 17, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 17: Actress/singer Hilary Duff performs onstage during the Toyota Concert Series on the 'Today' Show June 17, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 14: Host Hilary Duff onstage at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk on August 14, 2005 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: (U.S. TABS OUT) Singer Hilary Duff makes a guest host appearance on MTV's Total Request Live at MTV Studios August 18, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 28: Actress Hilary Duff arrives to her 18th Birthday Party at Club Mood on September 28, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Singer Hilary Duff performs onstage during the 2005 American Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on November 22, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Hilary Duff poses in the front row at the Michael Kors Spring 2007 fashion show during Olympus Fashion Week at the Tent in Bryant Park September 13, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images For IMG)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 28: Singer/actress Hilary Duff attends the 17th Annual Mercedes-Benz Carousel of Hope cocktail party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 28, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: Singer Hilary Duff arrives at the 49th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles 11 February 2007. AFP PHOTO/Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 26: Actress Hilary Duff attends the 18th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis Hotel March 26, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 29: Singer/actress Hilary Duff performs onstage during the NBC 'Today Show' concert series at Rockefeller Center on June 29, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 18: Singer/actress Hilary Duff performs at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on August 18, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY - OCTOBER 18: Singer Hilary Duff performs onstage during the Los Premios MTV Latin America 2007 at the Palacio De Los Deportes October 18, 2007 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Actress Hilary Duff poses at the 'War, Inc.' after party hosted by Cadillac at Tenjune on April 28, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 05: Actress/singer Hilary Duff (L) and NHL player Mike Comrie arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Singer/actress Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie of the New York Islanders attend the game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox on September 16, 2008 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Chicago defeated the Yankees 6-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 13: Hilary Duff walks the runway wearing Donna Karan at the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Tent in Bryant Park on February 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images for IMG)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 06: Actress Hilary Duff arrives at the Herve Leger by Max Azria Collection Launch party held at Live! on Sunset on May 6, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Actress Hilary Duff attends the 10th Anniversary Lucky Shops VIP Night at Metropolitan Pavilion on November 4, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 11: Actress Hilary Duff attends An Evening of 'Southern Style' presented by the St. Bernard Project & the Spears family at a private residence on May 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 07: (L-R) Actress Hilary Duff and NHL player Mike Comrie attend the 7th Annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies, a Hollywood Luncheon, at the Beverly Hills Hotel on December 7, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For March Of Dimes)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Hilary Duff arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's celebration of 'The Mindy Project' starring Mindy Kaling at Skybar on August 25, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Hilary Duff attends T.J. Martell Foundation's 15th Annual Family Day Honoring Tom Corson, President & COO of RCA Records and his Family at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for T.J Martell Foundation)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 05: Actress Hilary Duff attends the premiere of Disney's 'Planes' at the El Capitan Theatre on August 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Hilary Duff attends the 2015 InStyle And Warner Bros. 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Check out my full conversation with Hilary Duff below:

Talk to me about your partnership with VISINE and why it felt like such a good fit for you.

The whole campaign that they're doing is called #ScreenOn, and it's all about binge watching your favorite shows -- but doing it more comfortably -- and I can't really remember a day that I didn't use VISINE. It's part of my beauty regimen, because I have dry eyes. I keep it in my purse, my makeup artist uses it ... when they contacted me, I was like, "I'm already a loyal customer!"

They want to encourage people to binge watch their favorite shows, but to take care of their eyes at the same time (by using VISINE) and binging more comfortably. For every post including the hashtag #ScreenOn, they're donating one dollar to AdoptAClassroom.org for educational technology, which is obviously really important in this day and age.

You guys recently had an event where you joined fans in binge watching the second season of "Younger." How was that?

It was awesome! It was at the TriBeCa Film Festival, and the whole cast was there. We sat down and did a panel, and I think we all just feel really excited that the show has taken off and that people love to binge watch our show. People are connecting with it! We're so excited, and we have a lot of fun shooting. It was a new network to ask people to tune in to for a show like that that, and we feel like we're happy with where we are right now.

The cast really does seem happy -- you've been to AOL three times together, and each time you all seem to get along really well. When you compare it to some of the other sets that you've been on in the past, do you consider this to be a unique bond?

Definitely. When I was shooting "Lizzie McGuire" we were all quite close, but that was ages ago. I think I've had pretty good experiences, though. Obviously there's that odd one where you go, "Thank God!" when you leave at night. [Laughs] But we have a lot of respect for each other, and we all have our own things going on, too, which is awesome. We have so many different interests, and we all support one another.

For the most part, we're just sad that a lot of the times our worlds don't collide! I never get to work with [Debi Mazar] -- I don't know the secret! -- so I see her in passing a lot and I'm like, "Deb! Let's have dinner!" And we never get around to doing it. Same with Nico [Tortorella] -- I don't get to work with him a ton. But we are a good cast.

Your character Kelsey had my favorite line of this season of "Younger" so far when she yelled, "Stop tagging me in funny memes!" Do you get tagged in funny memes in real life by your friends?

Yes but, you know what? I always think they're funny. [Laughs] But, yeah, I loved that line, too, because obviously there's been the odd one where I'm like, "Um, that's not f*cking funny!" But, for the most part, I think they're funny.

I'm dying to know, do you think Kelsey will ever sing on the show?

I've actually talked to Darren about this! He was like, "No! Kelsey does not have a good voice!" He's not into the idea of us ever singing on the show or -- if we do sing -- not sounding good.

What can you tease for us about the rest of this season of "Younger"?

Kelsey is going to start dating! There are a few guys in the mix in the next few episodes. It's really fun, because she's under the guidance of her friends -- especially Lauren, which is quite scary. A lot goes on with the imprint -- she's still struggling, despite having all of these great ideas to bring young people on. She makes a few rookie mistakes, but the thing that's cool about her character is that, because she's young and because she has a lot of responsibility, when she screws up she owns it. I love that about her.

There's a particular scene in a few episodes where she really makes a colossal mistake, and she comes to Charles and she's like, "It's totally my fault. I blew it, but I still need you to give this to me." I love that part of her that's very business-savvy. She's still learning, and I think it's inspiring for young people.

As Hilary -- not as Kelsey -- are you Team Josh or Team Charles?

I'm Team Josh! I feel like no one in the cast will ever say that or pick a side. But Charles is never going to go anywhere. We all love Peter [Hermann, who plays Charles] and we all love Nico [Tortorella, who plays Josh], so I don't want Nico to go anywhere. Charles is always going to be around because he's at Empirical. Plus, I think she might have somewhat of a boring life with Charles, which she already had with her previous husband. I feel like Josh is proving himself to be a really good guy, but he's also bringing out that fun in her.

You said that you use VISINE as part of your daily beauty regimen. What does your typical morning routine look like on a non-work day?

Oh God, I usually roll out of bed and look busted, because I have to feed a small child and four dogs and put some sort of clothing on my body. [Laughs] I try to be cute, though! I have a pretty intensive beauty routine at night, which helps because when I get up in the morning my face is already clean. I do use VISINE -- I swear to God I use it! -- my eyes are dry in the morning, because I never get enough sleep. It just makes me look wide awake. I curl my eyelashes, use VISINE, tinted moisturizer and blush. And then usually I'll wear a hat, or try to, like, flip my hair to one side or the other.

Last time we talked, you said that music was on the back burner for you. Is that still the case? Have you been dabbling in the studio at all?

I haven't been dabbling yet, but I think I will. It's so hard because I feel like I get pressured into it by my fans or people that ask. They're like, "What's going on?!" And I'm like, "I don't know!"

I just got home -- we just wrapped the season -- and I'm in a construction zone nightmare at my house, and I'm just getting used to being full-blown mom again. But, you know, I do have new management, and I'm super excited for new stuff. I really want to work on my lifestyle brand and music will always be an element, I'm just not sure at what level.

Is it difficult to balance that pressure from fans and appeasing your fans' desires while also doing what you really want to be doing?

I care so much about what my fans think. They have been so loyal to me, and I could never even dream that I would have people all across the world that cared so much about every move I make or every product that I put out there. I feel like I don't want to disappoint them, but I also feel like I do a good job at cancelling out the noise when I just need to be a mom. That's really what I care about in my life right now. Any parent can attest to that feeling. There are days or weeks that go by without ever even opening Instagram, and then I'll post one thing and people will be like, "We missed you!" I don't want to be a slave to it, but I understand the importance and I enjoy it.

And at the end of the day, your fans just want you to be happy.

Yeah, exactly. There's definitely a new way to figure out the balance so you can connect with them and reach them and let them into my life, which is why I think, ultimately, people have stuck by me through all these years -- I feel reachable and relatable to them.

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