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Debby Ryan wants LaBeouf's career

Disney star Debby Ryan has revealed that she would like to emulate the career of Shia LeBeouf.

The 18-year-old, who currently stars in Disney sitcom Jessie, has been hailed as the new Miley Cyrus but said she would prefer to follow in the footsteps of the Transformers star, who also launched his career on the Disney Channel.

"It's the amazing projects, the range. Him being this ridiculous goofy character on Even Stevens and then he did True Confessions where he represented autism. Just because someone does really cheesy comedy, it doesn't mean that's all they can do," the actress said.

Debby admired the way in which Shia had made the transition from teenage star to well respected Hollywood actor, and how he didn't "go straight from silly kid to movie star".

She also praised the way in which he had avoided "growing up too quickly," and said she hoped to do the same.

"I've turned down some roles that could have been really big, because I didn't feel I was ready for them and I didn't feel my fans were ready for them," she admitted.

"It's hard to justify turning work down but there's something to be said for going at your own pace."

:: Jessie and The Suite Life Movie premieres on Disney Channel on February 17 at 5:35pm and at 6pm respectively.

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