Hayden Panettiere Talks Temporary Exit From ABC Series, ‘It Made My Life Better’

“Nashville” star Hayden Panettiere made her first public appearance at the Critics Choice Awards after staying out of the spotlight while she sought treatment for postpartum depression and broke her silence to E! News about her life today and how leaving “Nashville” helped “make her life better.”

Panettiere confirmed in October that she had voluntarily checked into a treatment center. The actress struggled with postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter Kaya. Fiancé Wladimir Klitschko supported his partner’s decision to seek treatment for the health issue just before the holiday season.

“It made my life better,” Panettiere revealed to E! “I hope people have more of an understanding about the condition, because postpartum depression was not something that I ever understood. You could never understand it unless you have a personal involvement with it,” the actress continued to the entertainment site.

“I didn’t realize how much of a stigma postpartum depression had about it,” Panettiere detailed. “It doesn’t mean they’re a bad mom. It doesn’t mean they’re strange and that they could get help if they need it.”

The actress has been in the public eye since she was a child, starring on the daytime soap operas “One Life to Live” and “Guiding Light.”

“I’ve been in the business this for so long. I feel like I have been hiding who I really am. I was just afraid, terrified that someone was going to judge me. Someone wasn’t going to like something that I said, something that I wore, something I did,” Panettiere said to E!

At this juncture in her life, the actress is ready to face any challenges ahead and wants to be a good role model for her daughter in the future.

“I want to put out a good example for my daughter and tell her that she could be anyone she wants to be. She does not have to be afraid that somebody’s not going to like her because no matter what you do, there’s always going to be somebody who doesn’t like what you’re doing with your life,” Panettiere shared.

21st Annual Critics Choice Awards

Hayden attended last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards, wearing a gorgeous peach-coloured gown. The Nashville star was all smiles while posing for photos and looked happy and healthy as she stopped for interviews. Inside, she hit the stage with Jonathan Jackson to present an award. You can watch a lovely interview with E!, here.

Hayden made headlines back in October when it was announced that she had entered a treatment center for postpartum depression. Hayden has been open about her struggles since welcoming daughter Kaya in Decemer 2014, saying, “Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.”

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Chopped Junior s01e11 “Cuteness Overload”

The junior chefs in this competition are young and fearless, and at just nine and ten years old, they’re the youngest yet! Food Network’s Amanda Freitag and Jeff Mauro and actress Hayden Panettiere serve as judges, and in the first round, the young chefs must cook with a classic kid food and some unusual chips. You can watch the full episode, here.

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Hayden Panettiere and Eva Longoria for Lip Sync Battle

Hayden Panettiere will compete against Eva Longoria on ‘Lip Sync Battle’.

The ‘Nashville’ actress will go head-to-head with the ‘Desperate Housewives star on the show in February but Hayden could have the upper hand as she enlists Christina Aguilera for a performance of ‘Lady Marmalade’, according to Entertainment Weekly. It has not been revealed if Eva, 40, will enlist the help of a fellow celebrity. The show sees two celebrities go head-to-head in a bid to out-perform one another while lip-syncing to famous songs.

Some of the most memorable performances include Anne Hathaway singing Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’, Terry Crew’s topless rendition of ‘A Thousand Miles’ and the recent head-to-head between Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum.

Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Hayden has returned to work.

The 26-year-old actress sought treatment for postpartum depression in October, 10 months after the birth of her and fiancé Wladamir Klitschko’s daughter Kaya and she recently resumed filming on TV show ‘Nashville’ following her leave of absence.

TVLine reports that Hayden, who plays country singer Juliette Barnes on the show, was on set to begin filming episode 14 of season four of the drama series. She is expected to be back on screens in April.

Hayden returns to Nashville

Juliette Barnes is back!

Nashville‘s Hayden Panettiere, who in October took a leave of absence from the ABC drama to undergo treatment for postpartum depression has returned to work on the series, TVLine has learned exclusively.

An ABC rep declined to comment, but sources confirm that the actress reported back to the set on Friday to begin work on Season 4’s 14th episode, which is slated to air in April. (Nashville returns from its midseason break on March 16).

Panettiere left the series in early October just as Episode 9 was about to start production. Her character, Juliette — who in an eerie parallel was also battling postpartum depression — was last seen in the Nov. 18 episode.

Executive producer/showrunner Dee Johnson said that she fully expected Panettiere to return.

“It’s not the entire season, it’s just for now,” Johnson told Deadline, adding, “We’ve had to make adjustments, but it’s not uncommon for shows to have to make such accommodations when real life intervenes.”

Charity Gala A Heart for Children in Berlin

Hayden Panettiere attended the Ein Herz Fuer Kinder (translated: A Heart For Children) Gala with her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko in Berlin, Germany on Saturday. They were joined by Wladimir’s brother, Vitali Klitschko, and his wife Natalia.

The 26-year-old, who wore studded black leggings with a blazer and an off-the-shoulder top, appeared to be having a great time while posing for photographs.

On Friday, Hayden posted a selfie showing off her newly cut blonde locks, which grazed her shoulders.
She captioned the Twitter photo, writing: ‘Chopping off hair is like getting rid of metaphorical and literal dead ends. Off with the old and growing the new,’ adding a flexed arm emoji.

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