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Hayden Panettiere is best known for her roles on the highly acclaimed NBC series ‘Heroes’ and the ABC hit series ‘Nashville’, which earned her two Golden Globe nominations. This March, Hayden returned to the Scream franchise in its sixth installment, which also marks her first on-screen appearance since 2018.

Hayden, you’ve made your comeback in the sixth installment of ‘Scream’ franchise this March, where you reprised your role. How did it feel being back on set and being back in the business?

The anticipation leading up to it was a little daunting, but as soon as I got there I felt like I was right where I belonged, where I was meant to be. I took some time off that was much needed, but acting is what I love to do. It’s who I am, it’s just a part of me. And being back on set, I felt like I was back home.

You started acting very early, when you were only 4 years old. How did being a child actress impact your life?

It became my life, it became who I was, it’s brought me all over the world. I love traveling. It’s allowed me to work with incredible people, meet incredible people and do things that some people can only dream of doing. It’s always a surprise, it always keeps you on your toes, but being an actress is a gift, it’s a blessing. I love it and it’s been a heck of a ride.

Being a child actress is different. Obviously when you’re a kid, you’re so brutally honest. And the more experiences that you have in life, you take them with you and it allows you to use them in other characters that you play, in other roles. It just gets better and better with time.

Many viewers know you best from NBC’s series ‘Heroes’ and ABC’s hit series ‘Nashville’, which also earned you two Golden Globe nominations. How do you look back on those two projects of yours?

Playing Juliette Barnes was one of the greatest periods in my life. It was hard work, but I had a lot in common with the character. There were a lot of things that I was going through in real life that I was acting out on screen as well. I found myself there. It was incredible getting out there and being able to do the performance scenes and being able to play this character who had so many dimensions, where she got to be that girl you loved to hate, but you understood why she was how she was.

But then when you saw behind the curtain and what was really going on with her, she was human. She was just a girl going through human things with her family, so to go through all of that was a huge blessing and learning experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. And the fact that I got nominated for two Golden Globes still gets me excited. I never in my life thought that I would ever hear “You were nominated for a Golden Globe”. And that’s one of the things I’m the most proud of.

Now being back to acting, what did you miss the most about it while you were on hiatus?

I missed the camaraderie. I missed being around a team, a family. When you’re on a project, your co-stars and crew members and directors become your family for a period of time. And it’s like going into battle together. You create these incredible memories with each other that you just can’t explain to anyone else. I missed having those moments, walking away knowing that we worked really hard and we created something beautiful that was going to impact people and make them feel something. It’s a wonderful experience each and every film, each and every show that you do.

Recently, you’ve been discovering your love for fashion. What does fashion represent to you and how would you describe it in your own words?

Fashion is a form of expression, of art, of creativity, of giving people a hint to who you are, at least on that day.

You’ve also been finding out that you carry yourself differently in certain brands. Can you elaborate more on this. How do certain brands make you feel differently?

Alexander McQueen is one of my favorites, the brand makes me feel like I am a boss, like I am a powerful, strong woman. And it makes me feel powerful and feminine and sexy and alluring too. Then there are other moments where I like to feel soft and welcoming and just comfortable. I have a very eclectic taste and style.

You got to feel good about what you’re wearing. As I’ve gotten older and my body has changed, as a woman having had a child and just aging, I found that I have to change the way I dress myself and certain different things feel and look better on me now then than they did back then, and vice versa.

During your career, you’ve advocated for many causes. As a woman, which issues stand out in today’s world to you the most? Which issues should be talked about more?

I think there are a lot of issues that I’ve spoken about that have stigma around them, whether it be postpartum depression or mental and psychological health in general. Things that people are afraid to talk about. We are not perfect beings. Becoming parents is a huge topic with ups and downs that come with it and is not spoken about very often, because we all want to be perfect parents. We all dream of becoming moms and dads and how we’re gonna be perfect parents, but there’s no such thing as becoming a perfect parent. It’s one step at a time. Life throws you curve balls.

Mental health and learning to love yourself physically, emotionally and mentally is so important. Not being afraid to be yourself, to be different, to stand out, to not worry that other people will not love everything you do or wear or have to say is the most important. It is important that you love what you do, what you wear and what you say.

After having you daughter, you have yourself battled postpartum depression. Why do you believe this is still such a taboo theme and why should women and society talk more openly about it?

We should, so we can pre prepare each other, so we can help each other, so that we don’t feel so alone in the process. So that if and when it does happen, we can recognize it sooner and faster, and we know what questions to ask and how to ask for help and keep ourselves from going through needless anxiety, depression and sadness. I can only speak as a woman, as a mother, but feeling imperfect as a mother breaks your heart. All you wanna be is perfect for your child. And it’s okay to not be perfect. It’s a learning curve for everyone, but it is so important for us to be there for each other, to share our war stories, so that other women out there are not alone in their struggles, in their feelings. There’s not just one way to become a parent or one way to feel about becoming a parent.

I don’t want people to feel alone because I know how alone I felt. And when you feel alone and like you’re the only one, there’s a lot of shame that comes along with it. I don’t want anyone out there to feel shame for the pain that they’re going through or what they think is not right or just generally feeling something’s wrong with them. There’s nothing wrong with them. Let’s talk about it. And I guarantee you there are so many people out there feeling exactly the same way.

What would you describe as your most valuable life lesson you have learned?

To learn how to love yourself and to learn how to go easy on yourself and to forgive yourself. I usually am and have always been my own worst enemy. I think about how I talk to myself every day. And if I’m speaking badly to myself, I think if I would I ever say the negative things that I’m saying to myself to a friend of mine. The answer is always no, if it’s negative. I really like to be be conscious and aware of how I speak to myself, how I talk to myself when I look in the mirror. And just to be good to ourselves, because it’s much harder to love other people if we can’t love ourselves.

After ‘Scream VI’, what’s coming up next for you?

I have an amazing team of people around me. I have a lot of things in the works. It’s gonna take some time, but it will be worth the wait. It’s gonna be fun.

And I’d love to find myself behind the camera as well in the future. Exploring as a director, as a producer, to really build a project from the bottom up.




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Hayden’s Interview for The New York Times

The “Scream” actress opens up about reprising her role in the franchise, becoming sober and grieving the death of her brother.

LOS ANGELES — Hayden Panettiere has always been a survivor.

She survived being a child actor in the early 2000s when the media obsessively treated the lives of young women as entertainment fodder; she survived early adulthood in the 2010s when she starred in the popular soap opera “Nashville,” a role that mirrored her own issues with postpartum depression and substance abuse; and she survived the aggressive tabloid coverage of her daughter’s move to Ukraine after her father was granted custody of her.

Recently Ms. Panettiere, 33, found herself in survival mode once again, because of grief. About three weeks before the release of “Scream VI,” in which she reprises her character Kirby Reed, her brother, Jansen Rane Panettiere, died at 28. He was an actor and budding artist, and he died from heart complications, her family said in February.

Ms. Panettiere tried to push through the press tour for the film in New York, but on March 6, two days before her brother’s funeral, she could sit through only one interview. She canceled the rest of her appearances, aside from the premiere.

On an overcast morning in late March in her Los Angeles condominium, Ms. Panettiere reflected on the past month of her life. Her brother’s ashes were atop a mantel, across from which she posed for a portrait in a Christian Siriano dress. She stood in front of a canvas teeming with hidden words, which her brother had created for her.

I always see a few secret messages that maybe he meant to put there, maybe he didn’t,” she said. Mr. Panettiere was working on it when he died. “His art, that was the thing that made him happiest,” she said, her voice cracking.

After the photo shoot, Ms. Panettiere climbed the spiral staircase in her living room and curled up under a blanket on her velvet sofa in the lofted part of her condo. Her home is “the last place my whole family ever lived together” before her parents separated, she said.

Ms. Panettiere, who was born and raised in New York, has lived most of her life in the public eye. She landed her first gig in a commercial at 11 months old and was a child actor in films like “Remember the Titans” and “Bring It On: All or Nothing” and TV shows like “Guiding Light” and “Ally McBeal.”

She said her parents gave her a great childhood where she was able to attend prom and play sports, though she was always working. “I don’t think I really had a lot of time to be a kid,” she said. “I would miss these pockets of time, and because of that, it wasn’t easy for me as a young girl to slide back into a friend group and to belong.”

She solidified her place in Hollywood through roles like Claire Bennet in “Heroes,” the high school cheerleader with special powers; Kirby, a quirky horror aficionado, in “Scream IV”; and Juliette Barnes, a troubled country diva, in “Nashville.”

But in her private life, she struggled. When she was 18, her parents separated, and she ended up in the midst of an eight-year divorce battle. There were times, she said, when she felt like she had to choose one parent over the other and would end up staying by herself or with Wladimir Klitschko, an ex-boxer whom she dated on and off between 2009 and 2018.

Of course, kids are always caught in the middle,” Ms. Panettiere said. “But my relationship with my parents now is good and even more special to me, because we lost my brother.”

In 2014, while she was working on “Nashville,” she gave birth to a daughter, Kaya (Mr. Klitschko is the father) and began suffering from postpartum depression. Ms. Panettiere said she turned to alcohol and opioids to self-medicate.

She ended up leaving “Nashville” during the fourth season in 2015 to go to a treatment facility for her depression. In 2018, when the show ended, her daughter went to live with her father, Mr. Klitschko, in Ukraine. Ms. Panettiere said she sees Kaya as much as she can (Kaya and Mr. Klitschko live in an undisclosed location since the war broke out last year).

Ms. Panettiere said that many of her real-life experiences were reflected in the show’s script while she was going through them, which was traumatizing. But there wasn’t much she could do about its story lines, and she had spent most of her life doing what she was told by those who had power over her. “Even if something was too much for me, I would never admit to it,” she said. “It was always about making them happy.”

The demand of her career took its toll. “When I went home after acting out what I was really going through, the last thing I wanted to do was properly manage or talk about what I was feeling in a healthy way,” she said. “So I turned to unhealthy coping mechanisms.

That meant cocktails with friends and hiding under the covers and pouring herself a drink almost every day. Her life, she said, could be summed up by the adage “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”

In some ways, Ms. Panettiere said, her tumultuous behavior stemmed from the time she lost in growing up as a child actor. “I wanted that control back,” she said. “I wanted to do things I wasn’t supposed to do, and I wanted to just let go and act like a kid.

Ms. Panettiere said that at some point she couldn’t recognize herself in the mirror anymore. “My eyes were yellow,” she said, adding that doctors told her that her liver was failing and she was septic. She was 27 at the time and would wake up shaking, needing an entire bottle of alcohol to get through the day. She would often swap in opioids to stave off drinking alcohol, she said.

In 2021, Ms. Panettiere re-entered a treatment center for eight months. She has been sober for almost two years, now swapping substances for Peloton rides and organic meals, and has deleted most of the photos from her time deep in addiction, except for one.

Why? “To remind myself what I looked like,” she said. “The fact that I thought I looked OK at that time is the scariest part to me.

At the height of her addiction, she dated Brian Hickerson on and off for about four years. In 2021, he pleaded no contest to two felony counts of injuring the actress and served time in jail. Mr. Hickerson was in the condo during our interview, walking around, vacuuming and shooting a basketball through the hoop in her living area.

Both Ms. Panettiere and Mr. Hickerson became sober and later reconnected as friends. During the photo shoot, Ms. Panettiere called him “babe” a handful of times. When asked if they were dating again, she was hesitant to define their relationship, but said, “There are feelings there, yes.”

She added that she doesn’t condone what he did. “He knows he deserved what happened to him,” Ms. Panettiere said, referring to his arrest and jail time. She noted that their relationship was “contingent on him continuing on this road of recovery,” and she is self-conscious about how people may perceive her letting him back into her life. “I did not do any of this lightly,” she said.

When Ms. Panettiere heard “Scream V” was in the works, her team reached out to see if she could be involved in the film. It was too late, but Ms. Panettiere ended up connecting with one of the sixth film’s executive producers, Kevin Williamson, with whom she had done “Scream IV.” Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the directors of “Scream V,” wanted to bring Ms. Panettiere back for that movie but “felt like we’d be forcing her character in as a cameo,” they wrote in an email. Instead they had her return for a more fully fledged part in the next film.

Ms. Panettiere had some anxiety about returning to set as she struggled to remember her lines. “I used to memorize things like that, within two seconds,” she said, snapping. “Suddenly it was taking me hours to memorize something. It was like that muscle atrophied, so I was terrified.

Fans of Ms. Panettiere’s singing on “Nashville” will be happy to know that the thought of making an album has crossed her mind. “I would love to do that one day and really do it right,” she said. Ms. Panettiere also said she’d love to take on more comedy or action roles.

Perhaps Ms. Panettiere might even make an appearance in another future “Scream” movie. When she initially took on the role of Kirby, she did it with the contingency that her character’s fate was left open-ended. “I was stabbed, but you never saw me die,” she said, laughing.


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Scream VI: Behind the Scenes

I’ve managed to add behind the scenes photos of Hayden on set of her latest film ‘Scream VI‘ back in 2022. Check out also a video of Hayden shared by her co-star Jasmin Savoy.



(2023) “Scream VI > Behind the Scenes

(2023) “Scream VI > On Set | 2022 [Jasmin Savoy Insta] | Screen Captures



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