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Leaving Dance Moms wasn’t easy for Maddie Ziegler, but it was necessary

Maddie Ziegler’s departure from Dance Moms was emotional for not only her fans but also her costars. Ziegler did not make her decision lightly, but it was one that, unfortunately, needed to be made.

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During an interview with Seventeen for their August issue, Ziegler explained the pressure that came with being coached by Abby Lee Miller. She said, “I feel like I had so much more pressure on me to be the best in the room.”

But is Miller really the person we see on the show? Or is that just her TV persona?

“She’s exactly how she is on the show,” Ziegler confessed. “But the thing that I like about her most is she can actually be funny sometimes. And she also wanted me to be good.” And while leaving Dance Moms was a difficult decision, Ziegler notes that it was becoming too stressful, and now, well, now she feels “so free.”

Maddie Ziegler tells Seventeen what's next, following her departure from Dance Moms
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And that freedom is allowing her to pursue her next career goal: acting — she’s also a massive fan of Jennifer Lawrence’s work.

“She’s an amazing actor and can do anything,” Ziegler told the publication. “She can be really quirky and she’s so funny in interviews I’ve seen. I’d love to see her do a Sia video parody — she would be amazing at ‘Cheap Thrills’!”

At just 13 years old we’ve already witnessed Ziegler’s strength and determination, and if acting is something that she’s serious about, we look forward to seeing her conquer Hollywood next.

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Do you think Maddie Ziegler would be great as an actress? Do you think she made the right move leaving Dance Moms? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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