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In entertainment, few stars shine as brightly and boldly as Hayden Panettiere. From her early start in the industry at just 11 months old to her evolution into a multifaceted artist, Panettiere has captivated audiences with her talent and vibrant personality.

In this exclusive interview with IRK Magazine, we delve into the many facets of her life and career, from her recent transformation with stunning pink hair to her thoughts on the ever-evolving world of fashion and film. With her passion for activism, dedication to the ocean, and commitment to philanthropy, Hayden Panettiere reveals the authentic and inspiring journey that has led her to where she is today.

IRK: We’re so excited to catch up with you and share these gorgeous images with the world and your fans! Your new pink hair! We are obsessed! Why did you dye it, and what does it mean to you?

Hayden: Thank you! I’ve had pink hair before, and I loved it! I’ve been begging my team to let me dye it for a while now, and given what I had on my slate with work and photo shoots, I wasn’t able to… Then the strike hit, so I thought… why not!? I’m not filming anything right now, and it’s an opportunity to do what I want with it and be creative differently.

IRK: How has your style evolved over the years?

Hayden: I’ve always loved color—especially bright colors, so that hasn’t changed. When I was growing up, I was constantly told how I should dress and what I should look like. My “style” was practically decided for me. Then, as I got older and surrounded myself with different people–more positive people– I began to be encouraged to embrace who I am and the type of image I want to project. In doing that, I’ve grown to love fashion so much more because it’s become a creative and freeing form of expression—not something that confines me.

IRK: Can you tell us about your journey into the world of acting? What inspired you to pursue a career in the entertainment industry? Hayden: Honestly, I didn’t have much choice in the matter. I started acting at 11 months old, and I’ve never stopped… It began with modeling and commercials, then I was on two soap operas (One Life To Live and Guiding Light), and then I started booking bigger roles in films and television series.

IRK: You’ve worked in both television and film. What are the key differences in your approach when working on these two mediums?

Hayden: It depends on the role, but typically, when doing a film, you do not have to put as much time into it. You have long set days for both, but a film is usually over within a few months. If you’re on a series, you’re looking at most of your year (depending on the project) with a small 2-3 month hiatus. You’re also playing the same character for longer when you’re on a series, whereas with a film, you’re only in that role for a stint, and then it’s on to the next one. The exact amount of prep goes into both, but when you’re on a series, you get into a groove with the role, making it easier. You sort of slip into the character with less effort because the character is still part of you.

IRK: Acting can be a challenging profession. What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career, and how did you overcome them?

Hayden: There have been a lot of challenges in my profession over the years, but some of the more difficult ones were when I was younger… Growing up in the spotlight is tough. I was bullied in school and spent a lot of my time on sets around adults. It’s strange because you’re so young, but a part of two very different worlds… One is as a young kid trying to make friends and navigate your way through life, and the other is as a young kid surrounded by people much older than you and inviting you to Hollywood parties. It made it hard to fit in anywhere.

IRK: Besides acting, you’re also known for your work in activism and philanthropy. Could you tell us about some causes close to your heart and your work in those areas?

Hayden: Yes… I love marine life and have dedicated much time and energy to ocean conservation. I’ve worked with several organizations over the years, particularly The Whaleman Foundation. I also created a non-profit organization at the start of the war in Ukraine called Hoplon International, which provides medical supplies and relief to Ukrainians on the frontlines. There are also a few animal rescue organizations that I support as well—I’ve always loved animals.

IRK: You’ve been in the industry from a very young age. How did you navigate the transition from child actor to adult roles, and what advice would you give to other young actors going through the same transition?

Hayden: The transition comes naturally as you age, but it never gets easier… As you age, you get more acclimated to life on set and in the spotlight. As far as any advice I would give, being a young actor can be challenging… Just ensure you’re doing it because it’s fun for you, and you genuinely love it. You’ll encounter many people who will be jealous because they don’t understand, but don’t let them get to you. One really good friend is better than ten not-so-great ones. Surround yourself with a good group of people who are grounding.

IRK: Are there any actors, writers, or directors you admire and would love to work with in the future?

Hayden: Tons! I love Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Coolidge, Margot Robbie, Leo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington (I’d love to work with him again), Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Tom Hooper, Taylor Sheridan… I’m a fan of Mike White’s work and would love to be a part of THE WHITE LOTUS. I’d also love to be a part of the Marvel or DC Universe….

IRK: What do you find most fulfilling about being an actress, and what keeps you motivated and passionate about your work in the entertainment industry?

Hayden: There’s something magical when all the hard work comes together, and you see that beautiful piece of art on screen. It takes so many people to bring a film or a series to life, and seeing that all come to fruition is special. I also love the fans’ reactions… the work we do is for them!

IRK: You love fashion! Tell us about the brands that inspire you. And make you feel empowered?

Hayden: I love to find pieces of clothing that I can wear and that don’t wear me. Brands like Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Prada are a few of my favorites. I like to be comfortable when I’m lounging at home, so I wear soft sweats. Aviator Nation is one of my go-to for comfort. I probably feel the most powerful when I’m wearing McQueen…

IRK: Which designer would you love to collaborate with?

Hayden: I’m always open to collaborating with anyone with a creative vision who wants to tell a good story… someone who wants to make people feel good about themselves. Regarding clothing, any of the designers I mentioned above would be amazing.

IRK: You’re thinking of starting a makeup line. What’s your inspiration?

Hayden: Color! I love color art, so any opportunity to be creative in that way is always fun. My makeup artist (Janice Daoud) and I have been brainstorming a few ideas… What I can say is that what I create will be different and unlike anything else!

IRK: Outside of acting, can you share any projects you are excited about?

Hayden: I have a few things in the works, but I can’t talk about those just yet… Hopefully soon!

IRK: Why is finding your voice so poignant with finding your sense of style?

Hayden: Because your style reflects you and what you say to the world… it’s how you’re choosing to represent yourself. Without your own voice in that, you’re just playing a role.

IRK: You’ve always been ahead of the curve with trends. What does the future of fashion look like?

Hayden: More bright colors and fashion that’s made for curvy women… I’d love to see more artistic pieces (like you see on the runways) but for all body types.

IRK: How has the entertainment industry evolved during your career, and what are your thoughts on the changes and challenges it has faced in recent years?

Hayden: I’m proud of the women in my field who have spoken up for the injustices brought to them by men in this industry, and it makes me happy to see more diversity on-screen. There’s more respect for one another nowadays than there used to be. Let’s hope we keep moving in the right direction. IRK: Your personal life has often been under the media’s spotlight. How do you maintain a work-life balance and privacy in a high-profile career?

Hayden: I’m very selective with where I go and who I give my time to. I’ve also learned not to care what people think. People will always find negative things to say—and usually, it’s just an unhappy person projecting their misery onto someone else. I guess you could say I’ve developed thick skin… You have to in this business!

IRK: How do you prepare for emotionally challenging or intense scenes in your roles, and how do you unwind after such performances? Hayden: I do a lot of character work to find who this person is that I’m portraying… You’re also still playing “you” to a degree, so the emotion has to be real. When I was younger, I used to think of something really sad if I had to cry in a scene. That’s still a helpful technique, but if you’re present doing the work, the emotion just freely flows. It’s also helpful when you have a good partner to work off of—it’s all a collaboration.

IRK: Do you plan to sing again? Any plans for an album?

Hayden: I wouldn’t mind doing an album and singing again, but it must be for the right reason. There’s a role I’m eyeing where I would get to sing again, so we’ll see what happens with that…

IRK: We’ve partnered with the United Nations to increase awareness of the Global Goals! What goal (s) do you most identify with?


Hayden: A tough choice and all these goals are excellent, but I have to go with LIFE BELOW WATER because of my passion for marine life.



IRK: We all dress to feel good, and you looked fabulous on set. How do you like dressing up for fashion shoots?

Hayden: I love it! I love playing with clothes and having fun with different parts of my personality that come out when I put certain pieces on.

First look at Hayden’s new photoshoot

On Saturday, September 2nd, Hayden updated her Instagram revealing she was doing a brand new photoshoot (unknown for now). As you can see, Hayden has recently dyed her hair pink. Whether it could be for a upcoming project or just felt like a change, she looks fantastic.  Her glam team also uploaded some photos from the photoshoot.



New Gallery Layout

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NewBeauty Magazine Interview

Actress Hayden Panettiere loves talking about skin and hair-care products, so much so that on this Friday-afternoon chat, she’s multitasking with an argan oil mask in her hair for our hour-long conversation. She also loves makeup (most of what she learned skill-wise came from her time on Nashville) and fitness (bonus: almost everything she does is free)—just don’t ask her to pronounce anything properly in French. “Don’t laugh at my pronunciation on some of these French products!” the 33-year-old—who’s been in the “biz” since age 4—laughs. “I did not take French in school, but I’m pretty good at Spanish!

The On-the-Go Go-Tos: “I use a lot of Dr. Sturm. That’s what I’m pulling out of my bag now. It’s a beautiful line. I have tons of Dr. Sturm! In my opinion, it’s never too early to start the anti-aging situation.

The Hyaluronic Acid: “The brand has a wonderful hyaluronic serum. Anything with hyaluronic acid is amazing. I used to get the airbrush facials where you put the hyaluronic acid on and basically use the tool to push it into the pores. Works magic.

The Radiance Booster: The Sturm Glow Drops are also great. Amazing stuff.

The Vitamin C: “I love a good vitamin C for the morning and for the evening and the Sturm one is great.

The Cream: The Sturm face cream is excellent; I guess I just love everything if it’s made in Germany. They have fantastic stuff over there. I trust it!

The Cleanser: “The Dr. Sturm Enzyme Cleanser is a go-to. I’ve learned to wash my face with cold water because of the pores—anything you want to get into your pores, you must open with steam first by warming your skin. I usually use this one in the shower because it’s the perfect time. My pores are open, I wash my face with the cleanser, and, sometimes, I do it twice.

The Tool: “After I wash my face with a cleanser, I’ll do a scrub of some sort. I have this little tool that you can get at Sephora. I’m not exactly sure what it’s called, but it is under the Sephora brand. It’s like a little plastic thing with soft rubber spikes that really cleans your pores. You take it between your fingers, and you wash your face with it. I like it because it’s small and you can take it anywhere.

The Mask: “After that, I use the Sturm Face Mask. I personally haven’t used a toner in a while; I do love them—I should get back into using them. But, whatever I use to moisturize, I always ensure I get right by my ear—that tiny spot right under the ear where wrinkles can start to appear and happen as you get older—and then I get the jawline and follow all the way to the neck. I just make sure to get those spots that nobody thinks of!

The Water: “I’m all about cold water, cold water, cold water. If you want something to open, like your pores, use warm water…never hot, but warm. Then you use cold to close. Same goes for my hair.

The Hair Hydrator: Right now, for my hair—because I do highlight and dye it—it’s really important to keep it moisturized and healthy. One time, I had a photo shoot where they put too much heat on it with hairspray and it snapped my hair right off! You can completely ruin your hair in one day. I have super curly hair, like Italian coarse, and it’s on the drier side. Then blonde on top of that doesn’t really help the situation. Right now, I have argan oil and an argan oil mask on my hair. I’ll do that a lot.

The Hair Savior: “Big fan of silk pillowcases, too!

The Body Serum: “Back to Sturm…the have a Super Anti-Aging Body Serum. It is just delicious—it makes you feel hydrated and luminous and fantastic. As I get older—especially when I’m living my life on-set—it’s really hard to get the water that I need. We sweat a lot, and you get dehydrated very quickly…so anything to put the hydration back into your skin is key.

The Makeup Moves: “I loved my makeup on Nashville and I learned so much there. The show was super fun and I love to have fun with makeup—I actually think I’m becoming more daring with it as I get older.

The Makeup Remover: “I always have makeup wipes on me. It’s definitely a constant. I like them for when I’m on-set all day. You’re sweating and then you’re putting makeup over makeup and because it’s so hot, the makeup is getting stuck in your pores. You need wipes—you want to do everything you can to get that makeup out and, sometimes, wipes are the only option.

The Base: Love Shiseido. Let me check the name of what I use: It’s the Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation. Gorgeous product. It lifts, it’s fresh; I love it.

The Glow: Chanel makeup is gorgeous, specifically the Les Beiges. Amazing stuff! Gives a good, healthy glow. That stuff is beautiful.

The Palette: “Nothing compares to the Tom Ford palettes. They have these beautiful beige eye shadows, then the highlighter goes under your eyebrow and in the corner of your eye. And then I do it on both my lips, my cheekbones and straight down my nose. You can literally use them everywhere.

The Color: “After the Tom Ford, I’ll usually build color; I love to start with what I have from Gucci. I have a ton of Gucci that I found online and it’s really reasonable for how long it lasts. I love colors. I have green eyes and I like mixing greenish-blue colors, rose gold, silver, just gold, coffee and copper. They all blend well together, and I’ll use either a brush or I’ll just use my finger.

The Everything Else: “I also use a lot of Kat Von D—all her stuff. She has beautiful products.

The Unwinder: “To unwind…well, I have a Peloton next to my bed, and right now, I have a treadmill in my living room. They work for me.

The Class: “In some cities, there are gyms that are literally in an old movie theater. They are completely dark and, instead of seats, they have everything from treadmills to bikes to the ellipticals…all of the stuff. They usually put on an action movie that makes you want to run to it. You got to be a little careful because, sometimes, you realize you’re fighting while running on the treadmill. But I love it.

The Leg-Sculptor: “Like I said, I have a treadmill in my living room and I put it at a steep angle and walk on it for like 20 minutes. You really start to burn fat when you do that. That’s important in strengthening your core. I’ve had injuries from the past, so I have to work on that core.

The Core-Strengthener: “My mom taught me to do this when I’m standing around on-set: Spin my belly button to backbone. It gives you great posture. Any time you can think about doing it, just squeeze your belly button to your backbone and go all the way to your pelvic floor—it lifts you up! I’ve been doing it forever. Your body will actually start doing it naturally on its own every day. It’s better than sit-ups. Keeping your core strong is really, really important. I’m a gymnast; I’ve been a gymnast since I was young. I like to be strong. I’m a little one, and I have a daughter that came out one ounce from eight pounds and 21 inches long, which is crazy! But my upper body is strong, and my legs are strong, but I work on it.

The In-Flight Fitness: “When I’m sitting on a plane for a long time, I’ll start squeezing my buttocks muscles and the back of my legs and my pelvic floor and just do a few rounds of 30 to 50 of them. You don’t have to be on a plane to do it. I will also stand at my kitchen counter and do the same thing.

The High-Heel Workout: “I had amazing legs on Nashville because I had to dance and I had to do it in heels. Being in that high heel position gives you amazing calves and amazing legs. When I was singing and playing Juliet, I was in that squatting position. Not a full squat, obviously, but I would do this forward-walk thing. If you look it up, you’ll see what I’m talking about. Now, I’ll stand in front of a counter or anything like that and just go up on my toes like 20, 30, however many you can reps or 30 of them like four or five times. I’ll even sometimes put on high-heeled boots and go on my treadmill and do the uphill walk. You can do it anywhere at any time. Any time you can sneak it in.”

The Arm Move: “I like holding my arms out like a ballerina with the long legs. It’s probably technically Pilates…where you put your arms straight back, tighten your back like you are trying to hold a pencil in between your wings. Work those shoulder blades. You keep your arms stick straight, your hands, spirit fingers, and then just press them together. It’s an easy move if what I just described makes sense in your head!


I have added some new outtakes from Hayden‘s photoshoot with photographer Storm Santos to the gallery. There are so many sets of this amazing photoshoot and for this interview some shots were used, too. Take a look below:


PHOTOSHOOTS > 2022 > Storm Santos