Hayden Panettiere has a resume is overflowing with the sorts of credits that any actress would love to have, but she's still very much in her prime. Many fans don't realize that Hayden started out as a child actress and that her later fame was the result of years and years of hard work. Let's get to know the delightful Hayden Panettiere a bit better.
Hayd’s full name is Hayden Leslie Panettiere. She was born on 21 August 1989, and hails from Palisades, New York.
Hayden went to South Orangetown Middle School.
Hayden's nicknames are Hayd, Hayden P, and Mushroom.
Hayden is of Italian and German heritage.
Hayden started acting on camera at age 11 months - yes, months - with an advertisement for Playskool toy trains.
When she was four or five, she nabbed a role on the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live." She was on it for three years, until 1997.
Hayden jumped to another soap opera, Guiding Light, where she acted until 2000.
Hayden also acted in "Ally McBeal" and in some television films. She played Ally's daughter on the show. In fact, a lot of her early roles were as daughters - as you might expect.
Hayden leapt to stardom in "Heroes," an NBC series with superhero overtones that aired from 2006-2010. She played Claire Bennet, who could heal people with special powers.
The Heroes role somewhat typecast her, Hayden feels, because it made people think of her as a cheerleader. Of course, lots of actors would love to be typecast by such a wonderful role.
Hayden attends a lot of science fiction conventions because of the Heroes role, so if she is typecast by it, a little bit is her own doing.
Hayden's next big role was as Juliette Barnes in "Nashville," an ABC musical drama. She managed to do some singing in the role. While it took a little while for the series to catch on, "Nashville" ultimately became a big hit and gradually is closing in on 100 episodes.
Hayden actually is quite a talented singer. She was nominated for a Grammy award for her role in "A Bug's Life" in 1999, when she was just ten years old. She has sung in several roles since.
Hayden also models. She was the cover girl for Neutrogena while on "Heroes," did a "Got Milk?" ad, and became a Candie's spokesperson.
Hayden actually loves the real Nashville and considers it her favorite city.
Hayden is married to former heavyweight world champion boxer Wladimir Klitschko. They have a daughter.
Hayden supports lots of charities. These include Ronald McDonald House Charities, The Whaleman Foundation, and Greenpeace, amongst others.
Hayden has won plenty of awards: Saturn Award (2007), Capri Exploit Award (2007), Wyler Award (2008), Feature Film Award (2007), Teen Choice Award (20007,2008), Rising Star Award (2007), and Young Artist Award (2007,2000).
Hayden loves Singing, Horseback Riding, Gymnastic, Dancing, and Swimming, but hates singing on stage.