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A radiant Hayden Panettiere is all smiles as she meets the Hollywood Foreign Press in Nashville, Tennessee. But life hasn’t always been a bed roses for her.
Acting since she was 11 months old, Panettiere was repeatedly subjected to scorn and derision by her schoolmates. As early as the first grade she was met with snide comments like, “Why does she get to skip school?” And later in middle school, she was punched in the face by an angry classmate.
But then at age 16, when she was cast as the invincible cheerleader in the hit TV series Heroes, and became an overnight star, the actress could put all that behind her.
She was romantically linked with her Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia, which they kept secret until photos of them dating were published in tabloids. However, the two denied there was any romance. Then there were photographs of her back-oiled on a yacht at the Riviera by 32-year-old Welsh TV star Steve Jones, who has previously been romantically linked to Pamela Anderson and Halle Berry.
Five years ago, she finally met the love of her life, once again a public figure: the charismatic world heavyweight boxing champion from Ukraine, Wladimir Klitschko. Although it was a turbulent courtship, the two of them announced their engagement last October, and months later confirmed that they are expecting a daughter.
Meanwhile, after years of failed projects, Panettiere’s career suddenly hit its stride. Cast as Connie Britten’s rival in the hit TV series Nashville, the 25-year-old is such an essential part of the show, the producers agreed to incorporate her pregnancy into the story line of her character.
How is the pregnancy going?
Actually it’s been really great. First trimester you’re definitely sleepy, definitely exhausted, but I don’t even think it hit me quite as hard because I’m used to feeling that way. I have been craving salt so I’ve lived on chicken noodle soup. I have gained – I started out 106lbs (48kg). Guess how much I weigh now? I’m 145lbs (66kg) but my feet are still a size 5.
Will Wladimir be joining you in Nashville?
No, he’s in Europe, but there’s a reason he’s not here. I wish he were. He’s such a resilient guy. He is so calm and so patient – he has never raised his voice. He just remains quiet and calm and easy, and I get to sit there and use him as a punching bag (laughs).
How tough was it letting the Nashville production team know you’re pregnant?
It was tough because in the beginning you have to wait. You have to wait at least 12 weeks because you’re very much in the strike zone. So that was tough, but when I finally did tell them, they had time enough to write (the pregnancy) into the show.
So, who is father on the show?
They won’t tell me! The script writers have a few tricks up their sleeves.
How are you coping with the paparazzi, who are always on your trail?
Fortunately in Nashville you don’t really have to deal with them. But you have to get very protective of yourself. And when there are crowds pushing channelled in front of you, you definitely go into a mother bear mode. But I’m not hiding it neither am I creating more tension where they want to get at you even more because you’re not giving them what they want or what they think the public wants. So I’m a happy medium.
How similar are you to the character you play in Nashville?
I love this role, and I feel I can relate so much because I was a young girl growing up in this industry. I have definitely made my share of mistakes, whether in public or behind closed doors so I can relate to her.
And like your character Juliette, were you burned by the media as well?
Oh, absolutely. People had very preconceived notions about the kind of person I was supposed to be. Guilt by association. I came up in the generation of the wild child. People my age were making very public mistakes or decisions and choices, and that’s what I was supposed to be doing.
So when I was 16, and Heroes came into play, literally overnight I had all that attention on me. They were waiting for me to fall on my face, make the same mistake that a lot of people had made. I’ve had to fight against stereotyping for a very, very, very long time. I don’t know that I’ve overcome it yet.
Boxing is such a brutal sport. Are you secretly hoping Wladimir will quit after the baby is born?
I want him to do whatever he wants to do. I think a great relationship is when you each have your own individual goals and lives, and they meet gracefully in the middle. I would never want to be the reason why he quit – that’s his choice and his call.
I’ve seen this man over the past five or six years become better and better at what he does in a sport where getting older usually diminishes you. And boxing is not only about the physicality of it; the mental strength is equally important, and both of those things are just now being perfected by him.
I have so much respect for him, for what he does, his wisdom. He’ll know when it’s time – he’s a big boy. He can take care of himself. I have that kind of faith in him, and when he fights I’ll be there as his biggest fan.
Are you guys planning a wedding in the Ukraine?
Right now with everything that’s going on, it’s like the farthest thing from my mind. It’ll happen when it happens. Take my word for it. I am not walking down the aisle 40lbs (18kg) overweight in a wedding dress. Not happening.
Hough’s got Hayden’s back! Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough opened up to Us Weekly last night about working with expectant mom Hayden Panettiere on the ABC drama Nashville.
“I get really protective over pregnant women! I’m like walking around her with my arms out like, ‘are you okay?!'” he told Us after the live DWTS show on Monday, Sept. 29. “But she’s still working, she’s still rocking it! She looks great. She’s amazing. I love her.”
The Emmy-winning choreographer, 29, announced via Twitter last month that he would be joining ABC’S soapy country music show as Noah West for a multi-episode arc. Deadline described his third season character as “a beguiling and disarming movie star who will cross paths with the players of Nashville’s music realm.
The cast of ‘Nashville‘ are (mostly) protecting the details of who Juliette’s baby daddy is, but they’re happy to talk about working alongside a very pregnant Hayden Panettiere.
Actor Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley) tells Taste of Country that Panettiere has always been professional, dedicated and gifted, and that hasn’t changed since she started growing a bun in her oven.
“The only thing that’s changed is she has to lay down more often. Her feet are hurting,” he says. “She brings it every day, so we have a good time working together.”
Panettiere is due to deliver a baby girl in December.
That Jackson and Panettiere are working together could be a clue. Jackson admits he knows some of the details about how the baby drama will play out after Season 3 begins Wednesday (Sept. 24) at 10PM ET on ABC. They’ve filmed about seven episodes so far, but not every cast member has worked with the pregnant star. Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott) hasn’t worked with her yet. Chaley Rose (Zoey Dalton) was very careful not to say anything about the situation, although she did reveal what’s in store for her character.
“She does have some anxiety about Gunnar and Scarlett,” she says, “and this new girl that comes along. Gunnar’s high school sweetheart.”
About that new girl: Palladio says fans are really going to love that storyline. Alexa Vega will play Kiley, a single mother who is rumored to be raising Gunnar’s son.
“I think viewers are going to be very excited when his old girlfriend comes back,” Palladio reveals. “It opens up a lot of his past. It brings up a lot of emotional connection to his family and the loss that he’s had through losing his brother, and so we start to see some heart to Gunnar and some of his fragility and some of how his childhood shaped who he is. And this girl was integral to that.”
Jackson’s Avery Barkley or label executive Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson) are the two most likely candidates to be Juliette’s baby’s father. However, one can never rule out a twist on a show like ‘Nashville.’ Jackson would only say that the first few episodes are very trying for his character. He’s apparently “spiraling” after learning Juliette cheated on him.
“The arc of Season 2 was great, taking Avery from sort of a narcissistic guy who learns some humility and sort of became more mature,” he shares. “But I think the betrayal of Juliette is sort of challenging that.”
All three actors talked after performing on the Grand Ole Opry stage on Tuesday night. Jackson’s performance was remarkable because he chose a U2 song. He’s a rock fan mostly, he says, although he grew up on a steady diet of country music. Rose also grew up country, while Palladio says he didn’t know what the Opry was growing up in England. He’s happy to be getting a quick lesson, as he lives and works in Music City.
All performers at the event were part of the 25th Anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude celebration. A portion of ticket proceeds went directly to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.