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Huffington Post Nashville Interview

Hayden Panettiere and her “Nashville” character Juliette Barnes are both growing up thanks to the ABC drama.

The 24-year-old actress plays a blonde bombshell country superstar, but in real life has quite a bit of stage fright. But, just like her “Nashville” character, she’s growing and it’s getting easier.

“I have gained even more respect for singers and performers who go out on that stage and sing and dance their butts off and work that stage and manage to make it sound good. It is unbelievable. I don’t understand how they breathe. [Laughs] It’s unreal,” Panettiere told The Huffington Post in a phone interview.

When viewers first met her character, she was a spitfire out to take Rayna’s (Connie Britton) country crown. But this year, Juliette has to watch her back. Read on for what’s in store for Juliette, talk of a “Nashville” tour and more Season 2 scoop.

How has production been this year compared to last season?
It’s been great. You know the second season, everybody knows each other, we know our characters better, we have the run down a little bit more. The scheduling is definitely easier. We found our groove and momentum. We found our pace and how each person works.

Have the residents of Nashville gotten used to the show filming around the city?
They’ve been incredible. I have to say that’s been the best compliment we’ve gotten when people come up to us and say, “Thank you for representing Nashville well” and that means the world to us. When you’re living in the city, and portraying maybe not the people in it specifically, but the lifestyle in this industry, you’re treading on thin ice. They have been so supportive of us, and the city has just embraced us with open arms. We are very, very fortunate.

Has Juliette changed from when you were first sent the original “Nashville” script?
Absolutely. These writers have done an amazing job, watching the way we have played these characters. And the elements that we ourselves as actors have put in these characters and really lean toward our strong suits, and a lot of writers don’t do that, kind of allowing us to pave that path. With my character, that was a very important thing for me. I love playing the kind of villain, if you will, of the show but I needed her to have that heart. People need to find empathy and sympathy in the villain, at least the damage behind it. What has led for her to make these decisions and this behavior? I’m constantly surprised, and I allow myself to be that way because I don’t wanna have any expectations with a TV show.

Coming from “Heroes,” you saw that it could go any which direction, you had no idea, which is a very exciting part as well. But you cant have expectations because expectations lead to disappointment. I rely on these wonderful writers to take us in a multitude of directions that are exciting, and allow us to expand ourselves as actors and explore the characters a little more. So it’s a constant surprise every episode.

Can you explain in a few words how Juliette is now? Anymore family or past come back to haunt her?
She’s grown up. I want people to see that, that she didn’t completely regress from where she was last season. She’s matured, but it doesn’t mean that she’s making better decisions. But by singing “Nothing in This World …” last season, she really wants to live by that and emotional walls can cause a lot of damage and recklessness and not thinking things through. She’s matured but it doesn’t mean the recklessness is out of the picture.

Juliette is a fan favorite on the show, is she gonna cross paths with more characters coming up?
You know that’s a good question. I hope so. Another thing I love that the writers have done with her is that her doors are open to meeting new people; she’s not tied down specifically to any one character. Its fun, it really adds a different dynamic. It’s weird because the first season I was with Chip [Charles Esten who plays Deacon] so often, and I haven’t really gotten to see him much this season, and I haven’t really gotten to see Connie [Britton] that much this season, so you really never know the hand they’re gonna deal you.

What’s going to happen with Juliette realizing that a fresh crop of new talent is coming to take her spotlight?
Knowing Juliette, she will not handle it very well. [Laughs] She doesn’t have the most patience in the world, but it’s wild to see that exchange of positions. That’s what she was trying to do to Rayna at the beginning in the first season, and how there are constantly people always nipping at your heels. There will always be people who are younger, smarter, better, that’s the case in any industry. She’s definitely not gonna handle it well, but she’s gonna get a taste of her own medicine for sure. It’s comin’ to her.

Any plans to do a video/single release for other songs like you did for”Telescope?”
I would love to do it. At the moment we don’t have a specific plan to, but we’ve been putting together CDs and they’ve been doing incredible on iTunes, and they’re gonna definitely continue on with that.

Were you well-versed in country music before you got the role?
I wouldn’t say well-versed but definitely a huge fan, I grew up listening to country music. I love country music, my dad loved it. One of my favorite songs was “The Boy Who Couldn’t Hoe Corn” by Alison Krauss and Union Station, and I listened to Faith Hill. I definitely grew up listening to country music. That’s one of the reasons when I went down the music road nine years ago, I had the passion for country music, but being from New York I thought people would never be able to make that connection between the two. So I decided not to put myself through the ringer, but I’ve been a country fan for as long as I can remember. My dad’s from Louisville, Kentucky, so I’ve got country in my blood.

Any plans to sing any of your “Nashville” songs live on a tour or do a “Nashville” Live show?
I will. I will eventually, that’s kind of my life goal, to conquer that last crippling fear of mine [stage fright]. Here’s hoping that people will accept my missteps along the way, but I absolutely do hope I get there. I just need to take that big leap.

“Nashville” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.

Hayden thought her career was over after Heroes was axed

We have added x screencaps from Nashville s02e06 “It Must Be You”.

  

Hayden also recently revealed that she thought her career was over after Heroes was axed.

Hayden played Claire Bennett on the NBC series between 2006 and 2010 – said that she went through a “huge transition” before joining Nashville. On the show’s 2010 cancellation, Panettiere told PA: “It hit me like a ton of bricks – there is a genuine possibility that no-one will ever take another chance on me.

“That was an important gap between Heroes and this show, a huge transition to make gracefully. I don’t know how gracefully I did it, but somehow I did.”

She explained that Nashville provided her with “the perfect character” at the right time in her career. “Nashville was perfect timing with the perfect character,” the 24-year-old added. “Juliette is so not the good girl that I played on Heroes, but she has to put on the facade as a good girl to get what she wants.

“Juliette is tough, but when she cries, she means it. She’s a very damaged young woman running from a dark past. How much more perfect could I ask for?” Panettiere added that she has drawn on her personal experiences of the entertainment industry for her role in the musical drama.

“A lot of what I’ve drawn from is my own personal experience. I grew up in the entertainment industry, in the spotlight, and have had to deal with some of the same struggles. In this business, there are so many doors wide open to walk through and it looks like the normal thing to do.

“The difference is, I’ve always had people around me to yank me back before I went too far.”

Nashville airs on ABC in the US on Wednesdays at 10/9c and will air on More4 in the UK at a later date.

Hayden honored at Environmental Media Awards

Hayden confirmed her engagement to heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko two weeks ago on Live With Kelly and Michael, this weekend at the Environmental Media Awards Saturday she revealed that she designed her 6-carat diamond ring.

‘Montblanc made me this amazing book where they did a bunch of sketches, I told them my idea over time and tweaking things here and there, it came to fruition.’

The Nashville starlet’s emerald cut wedding bling reportedly has a price tag of $500,000.

Since the Ukrainian 37-year-old was otherwise indisposed, Hayden brought along her little brother Jansen. The 19-year-old actor was last seen in this year’s faith-based flick, The Lost Medallion.

Aside from her ring, Panettiere flashed a bit of bra in her sheer lacy frock featuring criss-crossing cut-outs and Halloween colours.

The Golden Globe nominee slicked her blonde locks into a top bun and kept her make-up light and lovely for the environmental event.

  

Buy Juliette Barnes’s Nashville Home for $2.1m

Want to live like a country music star?

Well, a fictional country music star, that is.

Now you can do your best impression of Hayden Panettiere’s Nashville character, Juliette Barnes, from the very home the country crooner struts around in week after week on the show.

The 5,325-square-foot property located in—you guessed it!—Nashville is on the market for a $2.1 million dollars.

Fans of the show are no doubt familiar with the spacious living room the sassy singer often shoots scenes in, as well as the pool the broody Barnes often spends time gazing at through large floor-to-ceiling windows.

But even the most avid Nashville watcher is most likely unfamiliar with the abode’s other perks, which include four bedrooms and a whopping eight bathrooms.

And the show isn’t the home’s only claim to fame. A+D Museum cofounder Stephen Kramer designed the modern mansion, which was built back in 2008.

So, what if the new owner of the home refuses to let the show continue filming at the property? Show producers recreated the Belle Meade neighborhood property of Connie Britton’s character, Rayna James when it sold last year for $19.5 million, so we’re guessing Barnes won’t end up homeless any time soon.

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Hayden & Jay Hernandez Kiss Off-Screen?

Nashville co-stars Hayden Panetierre and Jay Hernandez reportedly had a hot off-screen relationship on the set of their show this spring, despite the fact that she was months away from getting engaged to boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko, and Hernandez is married. Their undercover flirtation is exposed for the first time in this week’s issue of Star magazine.

While on set this past spring, the on-screen duo frequently “held hands and one of them almost always had their arm around the other,” a source tells the mag. “Hayden never let Jay out of her sight.”

And even though Hernandez is married, to actress Daniella Deutscher, and Panetierre was dating now-fiancè Klitschko, they had no problem flaunting their relationship, says the source. (Reps for Hernandez and Panettiere denied any off-screen attraction.)

“Most days, Jay would be done shooting his scenes hours before Hayden,” the source claims. “But instead of going home, he’d wait for her and they’d leave together in her car.”

In mid-April, for example, an eyewitness spotted them leaving in the same vehicle. Says the insider, “They openly kissed before driving off together.”

Because of such displays, says the insider, “Everyone knew about it. … Hayden was not discreet at all.”

Pressure to have a ‘healthy, normal’ body

Since her 2006 breakout role as the teen cheerleader on NBC’s “Heroes,” Hayden Panettiere, 24,  has been widely praised for her fit figure and curves. But in Hollywood, it seems even the quest to portray a “healthy” physique doesn’t come without stress.

“There is a lot of pressure that comes with it, but there’s also the pressure to be a good role model for women and have a normal, healthy body,” Panettiere told FOX411 while promoting her involvement in the Celebrity Denim Auction for Blue Jean Go Green. “But I love being my height and size, and representing a normal girl and a different body type.”

Now, the actress is getting the chance to really exercise her musical chops alongside Connie Britten in the hit ABC series “Nashville.” She said being a country music singer was one of her asipirations long before she hit Hollywood.

“I have always been a fan of country music, in fact I would have loved to do country music and sing country music earlier, but I was afraid being from New York that people wouldn’t be able to make that connection and think I was trying to be somebody that I wasn’t,” Panettiere continued. “But I have also taken a lot of my character from myself, my own personal life. No, I didn’t grow up in the country music industry or music industry, but I grew up a young female in the spotlight with a lot of the same stresses. A lot of the same pressures and dramas, and I definitely pulled a lot from my own life experience.”

The star is also lending her voice – and her jeans – to the environment initiative The Blue Jeans Go Green, a unique auction designed to raise awareness about textile recycling. The auction has up for grabs 13 pairs of denim jeans, each autographed by its celebrity owner, including Britney Spears, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima and Ryan Phillippe. Like traditional auctions, the highest bidder wins the item, but the bids are in denim, not dollars.

“You can donate the jeans you don’t want anymore and they turn them into insulation for your home,” Panettiere enthused. “Instead of having toxic fiberglass in your home, you have recycled denim that (would otherwise be) in a landfill overflowing somewhere.”

And whether its wide leg, skinny, boot let or flair, apparently, your house will wear them all.

Environmental Media Awards

Hayden and Matt Damon are to be honored for their dedication to ecological issues at the upcoming Environmental Media Awards. Damon will be recognised with the Ongoing Commitment Award for his work with Water.org, the organisation he co-founded that aims to bring safe water and sanitation to Third World countries, while actress Panettiere has been named the 2013 recipient of the Futures Award, which is given to young stars who have the potential to become environmental activists. She is active with conservation group the Whaleman Foundation.

The awards gala will be geld in Burbank, California in October (13).