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Hayden Panettiere

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Hayden Leslie Panettiere (born August 21, 1989) is an American actress, model, singer, voice actress, and activist. She began her acting career by playing Sarah Roberts on One Life to Live (1994"97), and Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light (1996"2000), before starring at age 10 as Sheryl Yoast in the Disney feature film Remember the Titans. Her most notable role to date is that of cheerleader Claire Bennet on the NBC series Heroes (2006"10), for which she won several awards. Other recent roles include her portrayal of the title character in true crime drama Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy and Kirby Reed in the slasher film Scream 4. In October 2012, she began starring as Juliette Barnes in the ABC musical drama series Nashville, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress " Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2012.

Early life

Panettiere was born in and partly raised in Palisades, New York, the daughter of Lesley R. Vogel, a former soap opera actress, and Alan Lee "Skip" Panettiere, a fire department captain. She has one younger brother, fellow actor Jansen Panettiere. Panettiere has Italian and German ancestry. Her surname means "baker" in Italian and her mother's maiden name means "bird" in German. Her mother's family is from Indiana.

Although Panettiere attended South Orangetown Middle School in New York, she was homeschooled from grade nine to the completion of high school.




Panettiere first appeared in commercials at 11 months, beginning with an advertisement for a Playskool toy train. She landed a role as Sarah Roberts on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live from 1994 to 1997, which was followed by Lizzie Spaulding on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light in 1996, and again from 1997 to 2000. While on Guiding Light, Panettiere's character Lizzie battled leukemia. For drawing the attention of daytime viewers to the disease, and for improving national awareness, the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Society gave her its Special Recognition Award.

For her performance in Lifetime Television's 1999 TV movie If You Believe, she was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Young Actress Age Ten or Under in the category of Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot. Panettiere appeared on Fox's Ally McBeal as the title character's daughter, had a recurring guest role on Malcolm in the Middle and guest starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in two different roles.

Panettiere became most prominent as Claire Bennet in the NBC series Heroes, which was created by Tim Kring, as a high school cheerleader with regenerative healing powers. Thanks to her role on Heroes, she became a regular on the science fiction convention circuit, invited to attend conventions around the world in 2007, including Gen Con, New York Comic Con, and Fan Expo Canada. Panettiere has complained that her acting options are sometimes limited because "people look at [her] as either the 'popular cheerleader' type or just 'the blonde.'"

In early 2007, Panettiere appeared on the MTV show, Punk'd. The appearance was engineered by her mother and involved a male "fan" discussing her work with her, instigating a jealous reaction from the man's spouse. In April 2012, she hosted an episode of the new series.

In March 2012, it was announced Panettiere had been cast opposite Connie Britton on the ABC musical drama series Nashville. She portrays Juliette Barnes. In May 2012, ABC bought the pilot as a series. The series reunites Panettiere with Burgess Jenkins from Remember the Titans, and has been renewed for a second season.


Panettiere has appeared in over a dozen full-length feature films, having her debut in A Bug's Life. In 1999, she portrayed the girl on a sinking sailboat in Message In A Bottle. She played the role of Coach Yoast's daughter, Sheryl, in the 2000 Disney film Remember the Titans. She also starred in Bring It On: All or Nothing as a cheerleader and had a supporting role as Adelaide Bourbon in the independent film Shanghai Kiss. In 2004, she appeared in the Disney Channel film Tiger Cruise, and in Raising Helen as Kate Hudson's adolescent niece. In 2005, she was the title character's rival in a skating contest in Ice Princess. In the same year she starred in the film Racing Stripes where she played the character Channing Walsh.

In June 2007, she signed with the William Morris Agency, after previously being represented by United Talent Agency. Forbes estimated that she earned $2 million in 2007.

In 2008, Panettiere appeared in the drama Fireflies in the Garden as a younger version of Emily Watson's character, Jane Lawrence. In September 2008, she appeared in a satirical video, a mock-PSA (public service announcement) on titled "Hayden Panettiere PSA: Your Vote, Your Choice". In October, Panettiere appeared in another satirical PSA video on titled "Vote for McCain: He's just like George Bush, except older and with a worse temper".

In July 2009, Panettiere starred in the teen comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper. In September 2010, she was signed to star as Amanda Knox in the controversial Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy. Panettiere also provided the voice of Kate, along-side Justin Long in 2010's Alpha and Omega.

In April 2011, Panettiere appeared in the Scream sequel, Scream 4, playing Kirby Reed, a role in which she received acclaim for and was considered to be a highlight of the film, which received mixed reviews itself. The same year she replaced Anne Hathaway as the voice of Red for the animated sequel Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil. In 2012 The Forger, in which she played the role of Amber, was released direct to DVD (both this and Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil were made in 2009).

Video games

Panettiere voiced Kairi in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. While she was replaced by Alyson Stoner in Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, she reprises her role in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and also voices Xion in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.


Panettiere was nominated for a Grammy in 1999 for A Bug's Life Read-Along (2000). In 2004, she recorded a song entitled "My Hero Is You" with a video for the Disney Channel film she starred in, Tiger Cruise, and "Someone Like You," a duet with Watt White for another film of hers, The Dust Factory (also with an accompanying video). The next year she recorded a song entitled "I Fly" for the Disney film Ice Princess in which she also co-starred. She recorded a song for the Hollywood Records compilation Girl Next (2006) and another song entitled "Go to Girl" for Girl Next 2 (2007). Also in 2007, she recorded a cover for "Cruella De Vil" for DisneyMania 5, "Try" for the Bridge to Terabithia soundtrack and a ballad called "I Still Believe" for Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.

Panettiere's first single, "Wake Up Call", was digitally released on August 5, 2008. The clothing brand Candie's announced that it was premiering an ad campaign for the single in late July. Similarly, Candie's would also provide additional promotion for the single with a television advertisement and a music video.

She has recorded several songs for Nashville, released as singles and on the show's soundtrack albums.

In 2013, she recorded a version of "The Fabric of My Life" for a Cotton Incorporated campaign.


In late 2006, Neutrogena made Panettiere the cover girl for their new worldwide ad campaign; following in the footsteps of actresses Kristin Kreuk, Josie Bissett, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mandy Moore, Mischa Barton, Gabrielle Union and Jennifer Freeman. In September 2007, Panettiere appeared in a Heroes-themed Got Milk? ad for which the photographs were shot by Annie Leibovitz. In February 2008, Kohl's announced that Panettiere would be their next Candie's spokesperson.

Personal life

Panettiere dated her Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia from December 2007 to February 2009. Panettiere met heavyweight boxing world-champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2009 at a mutual acquaintance's party, and they soon began dating. Panettiere was ringside for Klitschko's knockout victory over Samuel Peter on September 11, 2010. In May 2011, Panettiere announced that she and Klitschko had broken up amicably after two years together. Both cited the long-distance nature of their relationship as the reason, and said they would remain close friends. Panettiere subsequently dated NFL player Scotty McKnight from June 2011 to December 2012. In an April 2013 interview, Panettiere confirmed reports that she and Klitschko had resumed their romantic relationship.

Panettiere has a tattoo of the Italian words Vivere senza rimipianti [sic] running down her left side. The word rimpianti is misspelled in what otherwise would mean "Living Without Regrets"; in August 2013 she began laser treatment to have the tattoo removed. She followed a vegetarian diet while she starred in Heroes but has since added chicken and fish to her diet, stating that she "didn't respond well" to a vegetarian diet, and she had "low-energy".


In 2007, Panettiere became an official supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities and is a member of their celebrity board, called the Friends of RMHC.

On October 31, 2007, Panettiere joined with The Whaleman Foundation to try to disrupt the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan. She was involved in a confrontation between Japanese fishermen and five other surfers from Australia and the United States (including former Home and Away star Isabel Lucas) of the group. The confrontation lasted more than 10 minutes before the surfers were forced to return to the beach, after which they left the country. Parts of the confrontation can be seen on the award-winning Sundance Film Festival documentary film, The Cove. The fishermen consider the condemnation as an attack on their culture.

Panettiere told E! News that an arrest warrant has been issued in Japan for her interference in the dolphin hunt, but her claim was later dismissed by the Japanese Fisheries Agency. In November 2007, she was awarded the "Compassion in Action Award" from the animal rights group PETA for her efforts to stop the dolphin hunt in Japan.

On January 28, 2008, Panettiere handed a letter of protest to the Norwegian ambassador in the United States arguing that Norway should stop its hunt for whales. She also delivered a letter to the Japanese ambassador calling for the end of Japan's hunting of whales. At a 2007 Greenpeace event in Anchorage, Alaska, Panettiere defended aboriginal whaling, saying that there is a difference between commercial whaling and the whaling practiced by aboriginal tribes in the United States.

In May 2008, Panettiere was involved in an eBay auction to benefit Save the Whales Again, a campaign of The Whaleman Foundation. The auction included tickets to a fundraising dinner hosted at the Hollywood restaurant Beso, owned by Eva Longoria, and a whale watching tour, with Panettiere, off the coast of Santa Barbara. The same month, during an interview with Teen Vogue, Panettiere explained how her fame gives her a platform for her activism: "The show [Heroes] put me in a place to speak for things that I'm passionate about."

In September 2008, Panettiere launched her own line of calfskin leather bags for the company Dooney & Bourke. In October 2008, Panettiere delved into the presidential election, releasing a public service announcement through the website Funny or Die. In this video Panettiere mocked Republican candidate John McCain for his age and temper. She subsequently made clear her intention to vote for Barack Obama, and urged other young people to vote.

Panettiere also appeared in a public service announcement with DC Shadow Senator Paul Strauss endorsing voting rights for the District of Columbia. She is also a teen ambassador for the Candie's Foundation, whose mission is to prevent teen pregnancy. On May 6, 2009, she participated in a town hall meeting in New York City alongside Bristol Palin and Major League Baseball pitcher Matt Garza on the issue of teen pregnancy.



Year Title Role Notes
1994"97 One Life to Live Sarah Victoria 'Flash' Roberts #3
1996 Aliens in the Family Young Girl Episode: "Too Good to Be True" (1.05)
1996 How Do You Spell God? Megan Blackwood Movie
1996"2000 Guiding Light Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Spaulding #2
1997 Unhappily Ever After Little Girl Episode: "Little Ice Cream Shop of Horrors" (3.19)
1998 A Will of Their Own N/A Miniseries
1999 Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke Young Doris Duke Mini series
Touched by an Angel Diana Episode: "Godspeed" (5.26)
If You Believe Young Susan Stone /
Alice Stone (Susan's niece)
Lifetime original movie
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ashley Episode: "Abuse"
Chestnut Hill Molly Eastman Movie
2001"02 Ally McBeal Maddie Harrington Season 5, 10 episodes
2003 Normal Patty Ann Applewood HBO movie
2003"05 Malcolm in the Middle Jessica 4 episodes
2004 Fillmore! Yumi (voice) Episode: "Code Name: Electric Haircut" (2.09)
Tiger Cruise Maddie Dolan Disney Channel original movie
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Angela Agnelli Episode: "Hooked"
Lies My Mother Told Me Haylei Sims Movie
2006 Commander in Chief Stacy Episode: "Wind Beneath My Wing" (1.12)
Skater Boys Kassidy Parker No.2 Episode: "Band of Gold"
2006"10 Heroes Claire Bennet Main role
2007 Punk'd Herself Season 8, episode 1
Robot Chicken Cheetara / Ramona / Seuss Sister Episode: "Endless Breadsticks" (3.06)
2010 American Dad! Ashley (voice) Episode: "Stan's Food Restaurant"
2011 Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy Amanda Knox Lifetime original movie
2012 Punk'd Herself / guest host Season 9, episode 3
2012"present Nashville Juliette Barnes Lead role


Year Title Role Notes
1998 A Bug's Life Dot Voice role
The Object of My Affection Mermaid Live-action film debut
1999 Message in a Bottle Girl on Sinking Boat
2000 Dinosaur Suri Voice
Remember the Titans Sheryl Yoast
2001 Joe Somebody Natalie Scheffer
2002 The Affair of the Necklace Young Jeanne
2004 The Dust Factory Melanie Lewis
Raising Helen Audrey Davis
2005 Racing Stripes Channing Walsh
Ice Princess Gennifer "Gen" Harwood
2006 Bring It On: All or Nothing Britney Allen
The Architect Christina Waters
Mr. Gibb Allyson 'Ally' Palmer Released on DVD as The Good Student
2007 Shanghai Kiss Adelaide Bourbon
Diary of a New Girl Hannah Rochelle Voice
2008 Fireflies in the Garden Young Jane Lawrence Released in North America in 2011
Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King Fairy Princess Willow Voice
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper! Beth Cooper Lead role
2010 Alpha and Omega Kate Voice
2011 Scream 4 Kirby Reed Main role
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Red Riding Hood (voice) Filmed in 2009
2012 The Forger Amber Filmed in 2009
2013 Over the Wall Billy Jean

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1998 A Bug's Life Dot (voice)
2002 The Mark of Kri Tati (voice)
Kingdom Hearts Kairi (voice)
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Kairi (voice)
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Kairi (voice)
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Xion (voice)
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Kairi (voice)

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Result
1998 A Bug's Life Young Artist Award " Best Performance in a Voice Over in a Feature or TV " Best Young Actress
1999 If You Believe Young Artist Award " Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot " Young Actress Age Ten or Under
2000 Guiding Light YoungStar Award " Best Young Actress/Performance in a Daytime TV Series
Dinosaur Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards " Youth in Film
YoungStar Award " Best Young Voice Over Talent
Remember the Titans Phoenix Film Critics Society Award " Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards " Youth in Film
2001 Young Artist Award " Best Performance in a Feature Film " Supporting Young Actress
Joe Somebody Young Artist Award " Best Performance in a Feature Film " Leading Young Actress
2004 Tiger Cruise Young Artist Award " Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special " Leading Young Actress
2005 Ice Princess Teen Film/TV Series International Awards " Best Film Actress, Support Role
Teen Film/TV Series International Awards " Outstanding Casting for a Film (shared with cast)
Teen Film/TV Series International Awards " Outstanding Casting for a Film Comedy or Drama (shared with cast)
Teen Film/TV Series International Awards " Best Comedy Actress or Drama Support Role
2006 Heroes Young Artist Award " Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) " Lead Actress
2007 Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Series
Teen Choice Award " Choice TV Actress: Drama
Teen Choice Award " Choice TV: Breakout
Hayden Panettiere Vail Film Festival Rising Star Award
Shanghai Kiss Newport Beach Film Festival " Feature Film Award for Acting
2008 Hayden Panettiere Genesis Awards " Top Honor
Heroes Teen Choice Award " Choice TV Actress: Action Adventure
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2012 Nashville Satellite Award for Best Actress " Television Series Drama
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2013 Teen Choice Award " Choice TV Actress: Drama



Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
2008 "Wake Up Call" "? "? 125 97 Falling Down
2012 "Telescope" 36 33 "? "? The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1
2013 "Hypnotizing" "? "? "? "? The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 2
""?" denotes releases that did not chart
Other charted songs
Year Single Peak chart
US Country
2012 "Love Like Mine" 43 "? The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1
"Undermine" (with Charles Esten)A 35 116
"Wrong Song" (with Connie Britton) 39 "?
"For Your Glory" 46 "? Music From Nashville - Season One: The Complete Collection
2013 "Boys and Buses" 44 "?
"I'm a Girl" 43 "?
"Consider Me" 37 "? The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 2
"Nothing in This World Will
Ever Break My Heart Again"
41 "?
""?" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ADid not enter the Hot 100 but charted on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.

Music videos

Year Video Director
2004 "My Hero is You"
"Someone Like You"
2005 "I Fly"
2006 "I Still Believe"
2008 "Wake Up Call" Chris Applebaum
2011 "I Can Do It Alone"
2012 "Telescope" TK McKamy
2013 "The Fabric of My Life" Pam Thomas

Soundtracks and compilations

Year Song Featured
2004 "My Hero Is You" Tiger Cruise and Disney Channel Hits: Take 2
"Someone Like You" (Feat. Watt White) The Dust Factory
2005 "I Fly" Ice Princess Soundtrack and Disney Girlz Rock
2006 "Your New Girlfriend" Girl Next Vol.1
2007 "Home" Shanghai Kiss
"I Still Believe" Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
"Try" Music from and Inspired By Bridge to Terabithia
and Disney Girlz Rock, Vol. 2
"Cruella de Vil" DisneyMania 5
"Go to Girl" Girl Next Vol.2
2011 "I Can Do It Alone" Hoodwinked Too! (Hood vs. Evil) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
2012 "Undermine" (with Charles Esten) The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1 and Music From Nashville, Season One: The Complete Collection
"Wrong Song" (with Connie Britton)
"Love Like Mine"
"Telescope (Radio Mix)"
2013 "We Are Water" The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 2 and Music From Nashville, Season One: The Complete Collection
"Nothing in This World Will Ever Break My Heart Again"
"Consider Me"
"Boys And Buses" Music From Nashville, Season One: The Complete Collection
"Yellin' From The Rooftop"
"For Your Glory"
"I'm A Girl"
"Hangin' On A Lie"

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