miley cyrus liam hemsworth kisss Miley Cyrus on 'chemistry' with 'Last Song' costar Liam HemsworthMiley Cyrus has her mother to thank for casting Australian hottie Liam Hemsworth as her love interest in the new Nicholas Sparks film, “The Last Song.”

Even though Miley tells The Dish Rag exclusively that she felt “chemistry” with Liam when they read together, she still let her producer mom make all the casting calls.

Yeah, OK. But Kelly Preston also told us that Miley actually asked her to play her mother in the film. They met when Miley worked with husband John Travolta on “Bolt.” So we have to think Miley might have given a little thumbs up to her mom about picking Liam.

Not that we blame her!

]]> Anyway, it all worked out great. The couple is adorable in the film playing teens from different worlds. Now they’re openly dating in real life and were recently spotted holding hands at the Elton John Oscar party. Liam actually talked with us a bit more Sunday (Mar. 14) about how amazing he thinks Miley is and what they did when they weren’t busy kissing onscreen. Stay tuned for that video soon!  And go see “The Last Song” when it opens wide on Wednesday, Mar. 31 to see this cute couple fall in love onscreen. Miley also told us that she picked her grandfather’s name (for her character, Ronnie)  to honor his memory and that they included sea turtles because he was such an animal lover. But she wasn’t so excited to swim with very hungry sharks and grumpy groupers in one scene. Can’t blame her for that either. Follow Zap2it’s Dish Rag on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest celeb news and buzz.
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