Hayden Panettiere called Melissa Barrera a ‘badass’ while discussing her recent firing from ‘Scream 7’ and shared that she has reached out to the actress
Hayden Panettiere is showing support for her Scream co-star Melissa Barrera after the actress was dropped from the horror franchise.
In November, news broke that Barrera had been fired from Scream 7 in light of her social media comments surrounding the Israel-Hamas War. The actress shared a post that called the violence happening in Gaza “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing.”
Spyglass, the company behind the Scream franchise, issued a statement condemning Barrera’s comments, saying that they have “zero tolerance for antisemitism or the incitement of hate in any form.”
While speaking to The Messenger in a recent interview, Panettiere called Barrera’s firing “very unfair and upsetting.” She added, “After she [spoke out], then a whole bunch of other actors and people in the industry started to do the same thing, right? It was almost like she just did it earlier than everyone else.”
Panettiere added that she reached out to Barrera when she learned the news, and the actress thanked her for checking in. “You know, a lot of people hadn’t really asked her how she felt,” the Heroes star said, noting that she’s “not worried” about her former co-star.
“Melissa is such a badass as a human being and as an actress,” she said. “...She was hurt by it, but I think she took it in stride and was very, very gracious about it.”
While Panettiere remained tight-lipped as to whether or not she’ll be reprising her role in the seventh installment of Scream, she did open up about a new endeavor that’s taking her far away from Woodsboro.
The actress is set to host a three-city in-person event titled A Conversation With Hayden Panettiere, taking place on Feb. 22 at Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pa., Feb. 23 at Sony Hall in New York City and Feb. 24 at Warner Theatre in Washington D.C.
“I [have] the time to sit down and talk to people about my journey, any advice they want to hear from me, the ups and downs in my life, the things that I’ve learned the hard way,” she explained. “Frankly, I’m just personally curious to see what people are interested about hearing from me.“