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Hayden Panettiere Bio
Hayden Panettiere (born August 21, 1989) is an American actress, model, singer, and activist. She is known for her roles as cheerleader Claire Bennet on the NBC series Heroes (2006–10), Juliette Barnes in the ABC musical drama series Nashville (since 2012) and Kairi in the video game series Kingdom Hearts.
A native of New York, she first appeared in a commercial at the age of 11 months. 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. Other notable roles include her portrayal of the title character in the true crime drama Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy and Kirby Reed in the slasher film Scream 4. She received two nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, for her work on Nashville in 2012 and 2013.
Panettiere first appeared in commercials at the age of 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 Leukemia & 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, played the daughter of a man transitioning to female in HBO Films‘ Normal, had a recurring guest role on Malcolm in the Middle and guest starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in two different roles. In 2004, Panettiere had her first starring role in the Disney Channel film Tiger Cruise.
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 pilot reunites Panettiere with Burgess Jenkins (who appears in the first few episodes) from Remember the Titans.
Panettiere made her feature film debut with 1998’s A Bug’s Life, but her first film to actually be released was the same year’s The Object of My Affection, in which she appears briefly as a mermaid in the school play in the opening scene. 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. In 2004, she played Kate Hudson‘s adolescent niece in Raising Helen. In 2005, she was the title character’s rival in a skating contest in Ice Princess. In the same year she played the main (human) role in the film Racing Stripes as budding jockey Channing Walsh. She subsequently starred in 2006’s Bring It On: All or Nothing as a cheerleader and had a supporting role as Adelaide Bourbon in the 2007 independent film Shanghai Kiss.
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 funnyordie.com titled “Hayden Panettiere PSA: Your Vote, Your Choice”. In October, Panettiere appeared in another satirical PSA video on funnyordie.com 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 in 2010’s Alpha and Omega.
In April 2011, Panettiere appeared in the Scream sequel, Scream 4, playing Kirby Reed, a role for which she received acclaim and was considered to be a highlight of the film, which received mixed reviews. 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).
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 reprised her role in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and also voiced Xion in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
She voiced and modeled the character of Sam in Until Dawn, which was released on PlayStation 4 on August 25, 2015.
Panettiere was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1999 for A Bug’s Life. 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, 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. Sebastian Stan, who portrayed the brother of Panettiere’s character in The Architect, played her boyfriend in the video.
She has recorded several songs for Nashville, which were released as singles and included on the show’s soundtrack albums. In 2013, Panettiere 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.