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Hilary Duff has just woken up from a well-deserved nap. The multiplatinum recording artist, in the midst of her 33-city Still Most Wanted concert tour, has just flown into Kansas City, Mo., from the Ontario set of Cheaper by the Dozen 2. On top of

that, the teen queen is gearing up to host the Teen Choice Awards, airing on Fox on Aug. 16 — the same day that her third album, Most Wanted, hits stores. Whew! Though a busy, busy girl, Duff was happy to make time for TVGuide.com. Here, in Part 1 of our interview, she discusses life on the road, sibling revelry and plans for the big 1-8.

TVGuide.com: We caught you smack-dab in the middle of your tour. Think you'll make it to Sept. 25?
Hilary Duff:
I am going to make it, yeah. I'm doing good. It's lots of fun!

TVGuide.com: What is the hardest part about being on road for 2½  months?
Duff:
Living out of suitcases, definitely. I really dislike that part.
TVGuide.com: But don't you have a team of people to tote your clothes around for you?
Duff:
Of course I'm not lugging my luggage everywhere; I have help getting it in and out of cars and stuff. But trying to stay organized and keep tabs on where everything is [is a pain].

TVGuide.com: What are Hilary Duff's dressing-room "must haves"?
Duff:
I don't really have a big, what do you call it, "rider." [amenity and food demands] I don't have a big rider.
TVGuide.com: But c'mon, M&Ms, Diet Coke...? What's your poison?
Duff:
No, I don't drink soda. I like hot tea, water... sometimes candy. Sometimes I crave chocolate a lot. But we have catering and at some of the stops, we'll find a restaurant and order in for everybody. I also like Fruit Gushers and pickles — those are my guilty pleasures.

TVGuide.com: You were pretty busy even before the tour started. In June, you filmed Material Girl, with your sister, Haylie. Tell me about that.
Duff:
It was awesome. It was so much fun working with my sister.
TVGuide.com: Had you kinda had enough of her, though, by the end? You can tell me.
Duff:
No! [Laughs] She's like my best friend. We don't get to spend as much time together now that I travel so much and she's working a lot, so working together was really cool. We shared a trailer and everything.
TVGuide.com: Shared a trailer? Such non-diva behavior!
Duff:
There were two trailers set up for us, and we were like, "What are these for? We want to share a trailer." They thought we were crazy, but we had fun.

TVGuide.com: You've been dabbling with television; anything new coming up this fall?
Duff:
I did Joan of Arcadia and George Lopez — they were fun little guest spots. But my birthday is coming up and I've been working for, like, a year straight, so I'm going to take a little break. I'm going to focus on the music and hold off until I find a movie that I really love.

TVGuide.com: After Material Girl, you shot Cheaper by the Dozen 2...
Duff:
All the same people are in it, so it was great to see everybody again. I shot it for like 14 days before my tour, then I went back to L.A. to rehearse [music] for like a week, then I kicked the tour off. I toured for about two months and then flew to Canada for about three days to wrap my work on [the film].
TVGuide.com: Is there any special reason we're revisiting the Bakers' Dozen?
Duff:
[The parents played by] Steve [Martin] and Bonnie [Hunt] feel like all their kids are growing up so fast, so we take one last trip over the summer to the lake house we've been going to for years.

TVGuide.com: Are you excited to be hosting the Teen Choice Awards with Rob Schneider?
Duff:
Very! I'm also a little nervous, though, because I only have one day to rehearse and get the dialogue down. But I love the Teen Choice Awards.
TVGuide.com: That's the one with actual surfboards for awards, right? I always wonder, where do these celebrities keep them? The garage?
Duff:
[Laughs] You hang them on a wall! I think everyone who has won awards and stuff has some kind of little room dedicated to the awards. Or your garage, that's a good place, too.

TVGuide.com: The Still Most Wanted tour ends right before your 18th birthday. Do you have any special plans lined up?
Duff:
I'm not sure what I'm doing. I know I want to go on vacation and get away from everything, get away from the crowds of people.
TVGuide.com: I guess that rules out the surprise party at Chuck E. Cheese that Haylie was plan--. Oops! Ignore me.
Duff:
[Laughs] That'd be fun, I'd probably like that better than some big Hollywood extravaganza!

Tomorrow in Insider, Part 2: The talk gets serious as Hilary weighs in on entering adulthood, the choices made by Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Simpson and "giving back."

Watch TV Guide at the Teen Choice Awards — only on the TV Guide Channel — Tuesday night at 6pm ET/5pm CT, and see an encore of the awards on the TV Guide Channel Wednesday at 10pm ET/9pm CT. Get a sneak preview here.