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Hayden Panettiere “PHOENIX RISING” | IKR Magazine

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.

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


How Scream VI Helped Hayden Panettiere Reclaim Her Narrative

The once prolific actress took a five year hiatus while her personal life became tabloid fodder. But now that she’s survived her demons, returning to her most empowering role provided the best comeback.

Scream 4, released in 2011, introduced us to Hayden Panetierre’s Kirby—the cool-girl film nerd, always armed with a barbed quip and film trivia to make sure you know she knows more than you. It was left ambiguous at the end of the film whether Kirby made it or not, but her survival was made explicit in the fifth film, when Kirby’s number appears on Deputy Dewey’s phone and a blink-and you’ll-miss-it thumbnail of Panettiere shows up in a YouTube interview with Woodsboro survivor Kirby Reed.

In Scream VI, adult Kirby retains much the same qualities in spades, only now she’s an FBI special agent focusing on the Ghostface killings in particular. Playing an adult version of Kirby was exciting, Panettiere says, because she always felt like Kirby would never be a victim. “I was so excited to find out where they were taking Kirby because trauma can do different things to different people. Trauma can cause certain people to be terrified, afraid of their own shadows, put 10 locks on their doors, have their own house turned into Fort Knox. Or people can come out fighting,” she continues, “That’s really one of the things that I loved about Kirby, that she’d go straight into ‘I don’t want to be afraid anymore. I want the bad guys to be afraid of me.’”

After some slight misdirection, and a ten-minute period in which Kirby seems like she might be the new Ghostface, that’s exactly what we get from the character in Scream VI. For this to be Panettiere’s first role post surviving her own demons feels poetic—a place for her to explore what she was in the first half of her career and what she worked through during her self-imposed hiatus. While it’s something she initially considered in relation to  Kirby, it’s something she also thinks comes with age. “As we get older, we have more experience in our lives. There’s not a whole lot that we end up not being able to relate to at one point or another. It doesn’t have to be the exact same thing, but you become familiar with the feeling of it. That makes it a heck of a lot easier and more therapeutic,” she says.

For much of the past two decades, Hayden Panettiere hasn’t been far from the pop culture zeitgeist. Aughts comedy-drama enthusiasts remember her work as a child star in Raising Helen, with Kate Hudson, or Remember the Titans. To comic book nerds of a certain age, she was the centerpiece of  NBC’s superhero series Heroes. She’d later extend her network TV reign as the troubled but loving country crooner on ABC’s Nashville. And then there’s Kirby, her most fondly remembered, star-making turn in 2011. But much of what people know about Panettiere was what appeared in the tabloid headlines, about a fraught relationship, addiction, and abuse since that turn. Her much-hyped returning as Kirby to the horror franchise she first joined 12 years ago marks the end of a five year-acting hiatus.

For Panettiere, now 33, picking the perfect role to reintroduce herself to an industry she’s been a part of since she was five years-old was crucial. She muses about this as we talk over Zoom, dressed in a plain black t-shirt, fussing with her bangs every once in a while. “I felt like I had this great blank canvas to work with, where I had my name and my history as an actress. As an actor, that doesn’t go away, but I had taken enough time off that I felt like I could go in whatever direction I wanted to with my career,” she says.

Learning that her character Kirby survived the events of Scream 4 in Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s 2022’s reboot Scream 5 presented the perfect opportunity for her to open up the next chapter. “Every project that came in, I was like, ‘This is not the one. It’s not the one.’ Then when Scream came along it calmed my nerves because I had played Kirby before. There was a familiarity there that just made me feel at home and at ease. I’m so glad that I waited.”

Scream VI was released to critical acclaim, particularly for the return of Kirby in all her spunky, sarcastic glory. Even on a computer screen, Panettiere is glowing and radiant, with a smokier voice than fans of her mid-aughts work might  expect, gesturing often with perfectly done nails. She describes her return to the franchise as “new but old” which also feels like a potential mantra for the resurgence of her career. Returning to Scream brought back a flood of memories, like celebrating her 21st birthday with a huge party with her cast mates in Ann Arbor, and working with franchise creator Wes Craven before his death. “He was a genius at teaching you how to make a horror film– how important the timing of the scare was,” Panettiere recalls. “That scene in Scream 4 where I’m walking towards the closet, he was like, ‘It might feel very slow to you, like you’re walking too slow, but trust me, it has to be that perfect scary moment.’”

Panettiere has been through her fair share of very public life trials and tribulations. She’s had two very public relationships—one that ended in her giving up custody of her daughter to her ex-heavyweight boxing champion ex-partner, Wladimir Klitschko, after a tumultuous relationship with Brian Hickerson that led the actress to speak openly about the domestic violence she experienced with him, alongside her drug and alcohol addiction. In recent interviews, she’s talked about how much of this was the impetus for her to seek treatment and take her acting break.

Much like other highly-paparazzied celebrities, Panettiere could choose the silent route, standing her ground and making her private life private. Instead she’s chosen to speak openly about her struggles with drugs and alcohol, abusive relationships, and postpartum depression. Part of that openness, she says, comes from a desire to reclaim her own narrative. “I do find that if I don’t talk about it, if we don’t say anything about it, they’re going to say something anyway. They’re going to fill in the blanks for you. They’re going to take a wild guess as to what’s really going on and it’s not going to be the truth.

The thinking makes sense for someone who has been a public figure for nearly her whole life, but in many ways it’s more complicated than that. Aside from wanting to tell her own truth, Panettiere gravitates towards wanting to help people, clearly reflected in her activist work with animal rights, domestic violence, and most recently her work with Hoplon International in raising funds for Ukraine. She sees that drive as something that comes directly from her father, Skip. “It’s an amazing feeling to not be doing something as an actor, but being there, helping just as a human being. My dad was a cop in Harlem and then retired as a lieutenant in the fire department in New York City. Maybe I get that from him. He was my hero growing up,” she says.

Being honest about what’s going on in her own life is a precedent she’s been setting since Nashville, when the writers wrote Panettiere’s real-life pregnancy into the storyline during season 3. Reality began to blur as Panettiere’s own life reflected Juliette’s. “The first time that it came out of my mouth, I didn’t even plan on talking about it. It was when I said on a talk show, I said, ‘I went through postpartum too.’ We were talking about Juliette Barnes on the show, and nobody knew that I was going to say it. I believe honesty is the best policy, and I’m proud of where I’ve been, I’m proud of how far I’ve come. On my journey, I realized how many people have struggled the way that I have. People need to know that and hear that from the people they look up to.

With Scream VI’s success, Panettiere is  solidly in her next era, but what does that look like for her? She wants to do more comedy. She’s always done her own stunts so why not an action movie? One thing she rules out is an album, or the upcoming Nashville U.K. reunion tour in Fall 2023 – due to her fear of “standing on stage and singing live.” But she concedes that she would be into a project that allows her to sing again. Above all else, she’s excited to finally be able to take control over her career. “I can’t even express how good it feels, how empowering it feels. I spent a lot of my career and my life listening to other people tell me what to do, what to wear, what to say, how to say it –everything but be yourself.

I still am learning how to do that and how to feel comfortable doing that,” Panettiere says. “It wasn’t something that came naturally to me. I’ve had to remind myself that it’s okay, nobody’s going to be mad at me.”


Numéro Netherlands | In Conversation with Hayden Panettiere

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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