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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Hayden Panettiere

Famous For:
Remember the Titans, Heroes, I Love You, Beth Cooper
Networth:
$15 Million
Currently Known For:
Nashville
Famous Years:
1994-Present
Hayden Panettiere



  Famous For:
Remember the Titans, Heroes, I Love You, Beth Cooper

  Networth:
$15 Million


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Child actors can always be sort of hit or miss when it comes to the rest of their careers, so it’s always nice to hear about a great success story. One of the more recent ones that we’ve seen is the career of Hayden Panettiere, who has been acting on screen during her entire life. It’s hard to believe that she’s still shy of her 30th birthday after many years in acting, meaning that she likely has a long and successful road ahead of her.

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Panettiere was a natural fit for acting, as her mother Lesley had been in the same profession, giving birth to the eventual actress on August 21, 1989 north of New York City in the town of Palisades. Many child actors get very early starts, but it’s hard to top how early Panettiere’s was, as she started to appear on commercials before her first birthday. She was groomed to be a star, and it wouldn’t be long before Panettiere was on TV shows.

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The first role came in the soap opera genre that her mother had been familiar with, making her on-screen debut on the series “One Life to Live” in 1994, playing the role for three years. Her other early roles in TV came in guest spots in 1990s shows such as “Aliens in the Family” and “Unhappily Ever After” while also getting into TV movies. Her first feature films came in 1998 when she played a role in “The Object of My Affection” and had a voice role in the animated Pixar film, “A Bug’s Life”.

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That same year, Panettiere really put herself on the map by getting into soap operas once again, this time with “Guiding Light”. She played Lizzie on the series for the remainder of the 1990s, and then her movie career really took off when the new millennium started. That first year, the young Panettiere played the football coach’s daughter in “Remember the Titans”, setting her up for many early 2000s roles.

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During her childhood, Panettiere had to be homeschooled due to her busy acting schedule. However, she says that “I didn’t miss out (on high school) because I grew up around the kids who went to middle school and elementary school with me,” adding that “I started homeschooling because I moved to South Africa to film something in my freshman year. It made things easier in certain ways...I remember a time when we ran from the cops and another time I got punched in the face, so I definitely had my fair share of experiences.”

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Some of her more notable roles during this time included starring in movies such as “Racing Stripes”, “Raising Helen” and the sequel to “Bring It On”. Several TV guest spots and movies soon followed, including guest appearances on “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Ally McBeal”. In 2006, Panettiere had what would be her biggest role to date as she was cast on the NBC series “Heroes”.

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The superhero-centric series had a major marketing strategy that focused around Panettiere being the invincible cheerleader named Claire Bennet. The series ran for more than 70 episodes, getting off to a very hot start. “Heroes” started to cool down in the ratings after a while, which brought the show to an end in 2010 before fans could get a conclusion. However, it did help her movie status, as Panettiere starred in movies like “Scream 4” and “I Love You, Beth Cooper”.

Thankfully for Panettiere, she didn’t have to wait long to become a network star once again. This time around, she played the rising star country singer on the series “Nashville” which debuted on ABC in 2012. The series lasted longer than “Heroes”, airing for over 110 episodes, with Panettiere playing the role of Juliette Barnes through the show’s duration until its conclusion in 2018. Songs also came from “Nashville” with Panettiere on the lead vocals that reached the country charts like “Telescope”.

That show had kept her busy, but she’d been in more films like “The Forger” and will star in the upcoming “Berlin, I Love You”. Not only was “Nashville” time consuming, but Panettiere has also been raising her young daughter that was born in late 2018. The father is on-again off-again boyfriend, professional boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko.

It didn’t take as long to make the transition from a show like “Heroes” to one like “Nashville” that Panettiere expected in her career. “After ‘Heroes’ I knew it was going to be an uphill battle for me to be seen as anything other than the All-American cheerleader,” she said. There was also a lot of pressure, as Panettiere added “When the image out there of you is so squeaky clean, the only place you have to go is down.”

Thankfully, Panettiere has been able to maintain that image, and is no longer just a rising star in Hollywood, but a true A-list talent. For her future plans, Panettiere says “I’m excited to travel the world and experience new roles and work with new people. I would like to still be acting and doing some feature film work.” While acting will continue to bring plenty of opportunities, Panettiere says that it’s being a mother that’s her most important job for life.

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