‘I never trusted my own opinion,’ Hayden Panettiere, who is gearing up for a three-city speaking engagement tour about her ‘ups and downs,’ exclusively told The Messenger
Hayden Panettiere is reflecting on her time filming the hit country drama Nashville while going through a difficult period in her life.
“I had great friends in Nashville, [but] I felt like before I made my friends [in Tennessee], I felt very, very alone,” the actress exclusively told The Messenger while promoting her three-city speaking engagement tour, which will kick off Feb. 22 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pa., and will see Panettiere share “the ups and downs” of her life as well as the “things she’s learned the hard way.“
She continued, “My family didn’t visit a whole lot. And the team of people that I was working with at the time were not the best influence on me. And these people — some had represented me since I was 13 years old — were the kind [that] when they said, ‘Jump!,‘ I jumped. If they said, ‘Wear this,’ I wore that. [It] was [to] the point where I couldn’t [and] never trusted my own opinion. That’s how it led me to make a lot of errors.“
The actress previously detailed using opioids and alcohol as a teenager, which led to dependency into her adult years.
The Nashville star — whose character Juliette Barnes’ storyline paralleled her own struggles with alcoholism, addiction and postpartum depression — went on to tell The Messenger that she had trusted her team was helping her make the decisions “that were best” for her.
“I was very naive in that concept and realized after Nashville that I was looking at it from only one perspective. And that perspective changed. I realized I’m not trying to protect myself. People aren’t trying to protect me. They’re trying to protect themselves,” she explained. “It’s material people that I have been trained almost my entire life to trust and listen to and take advice from. It was a terrifying thing to do to finally make that switch.“
“A Conversation With Hayden Panettiere” kicks off Feb. 22 at Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pa. The second show will be held at Sony Hall in New York City on Feb. 23. Her final speaking engagement is Feb. 24 at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.