Spotlight On: Hayden Panettiere, From Healing Cheerleader to Country Music Star



I think the first time we noticed Hayden Panettiere was when she starred in ‘Raising Helen’ alongside Kate Hudson. She didn’t really become a household name until her role in ‘Heroes’. Hayden, 24, played the cheerleader, Claire Bennet, who could heal herself.

After her success on ‘Heroes’ she snagged roles on the teenage romantic comedy, ‘I Love You, Beth Cooper’, the voice of Kate in ‘Alpha and Omega’,  Disney’s ‘Ice Princess’, Lifetime film, ‘Amanda Knox: Murder on Trail in Italy’, and follow-up to the ‘Scream’ trilogy, ‘Scream 4’.

Her best role yet is Juliette Barnes on ‘Nashville’. This role has gained her two Golden Globe nominations so far.

You may not know it, but she has done songs on many soundtracks for Disney including, ‘I Still Believe’, ‘My Hero Is You’,  ‘I Fly’ and ‘Try’. She even came out with a single, ‘Wake Up Call’, in 2008. She may not have been able to break into the music business, but her singing experience has sure paid off for her role as country music star, Juliette, in ‘Nashville’.

Did you know Hayden guest starred on 12 episodes of Ally McBeal? She also played small parts in ‘Remember the Titans’ and ‘The Object of My Affection’ and was on two soap operas: ‘Guiding Light’ and ‘One Life to Live’.

I think she has found her role as Juliette, but she’s had a pretty successful acting career so far. We’ll have to wait to see what she goes on to do next.

While we wait for ‘Nashville to return, we can enjoy the music of Hayden and don’t forget to check out her films or re-watch them if you’ve already seen them.

‘Don’t put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet’:

‘Nothing in this World Will Ever Break My Heart’:

‘Wake up Call’ official music video:

‘I Still Believe’ music video:

‘I Fly’ music video:

‘Heroes’ trailer:

‘Raising Helen’ trailer:

‘I Love You, Beth Cooper’ trailer:

‘Scream 4’ trailer:

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