Hayden Panettier, American Actress And Singer

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Hayden Leslie Panettiere  born August 21, 1989 is an American actress and singer, best known as cheerleader Claire Bennet on the NBC television series Heroes. She began her acting career by playing Sarah Roberts on One Life to Live (1994–1997), and Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light (1996–2000), before starring at age 10 as Sheryl Yoast in the Disney feature film Remember the Titans, and then achieved wider fame on Heroes. She also had a leading role, as Kirby Reed, in the 2011 horror film Scream 4.


Panettiere was born in and partly raised in Palisades, New York, the daughter of Lesley R. Vogel, a former soap opera actress, and Alan L. "Skip" Panettiere, a fire department lieutenant. Panettiere is of Italian descent, her surname meaning "baker" in Italian. She has one younger brother, fellow actor Jansen Panettiere.

Although Panettiere attended South Orangetown Middle School in New York, she was homeschooled from grade nine to the completion of high school.For now, Panettiere is postponing higher education in favor of an acting career.

Panettiere first appeared in commercials at 11 months, beginning with an advertisement for Playskool.She landed a role as Sarah Roberts on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live (1994–1997), and she followed that up by playing the part of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Spaulding on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light (1997–2000). While on Guiding Light, Panettiere's character Lizzie battled leukemia. For drawing the attention of daytime viewers to the disease, and for improving national awareness, the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Society gave her its Special Recognition Award.

For her performance in Lifetime Television's 1999 TV movie If You Believe, she was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Young Actress Age Ten or Under in the category of Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot.Panettiere appeared on Fox's Ally McBeal as the title character's daughter, had a recurring guest role on Malcolm in the Middle and guest starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Panettiere with Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia


Panettiere became most prominent as Claire Bennet in the NBC series Heroes, which was created by Tim Kring, as a high school cheerleader with regenerative healing powers. Thanks to her role on Heroes, she became a regular on the science fiction convention circuit, invited to attend conventions around the world in 2007, including Gen Con, New York Comic-Con, and Fan Expo Canada. Panettiere has complained that her acting options are sometimes limited because "people look at [her] as either the 'popular cheerleader' type or just 'the blonde.' "

In early 2007, Panettiere appeared on the MTV show, Punk'd. The appearance was engineered by her mother and involved a male "fan" discussing her work with her, instigating a jealous reaction from the man's spouse.


Panettiere has appeared in over a dozen full-length feature films.

In 1998, she provided the voice for Dot in A Bug's Life.She played the role of Coach Yoast's daughter, Sheryl, in the 2000 Disney film Remember the Titans. She also starred in Bring It On: All or Nothing as a cheerleader and had a supporting role as Adelaide Bourbon in the independent film Shanghai Kiss. In 2004, she appeared in the Disney Channel film Tiger Cruise, and in Raising Helen as Kate Hudson's adolescent niece. In 2005, she was the title character's rival in a skating contest in Ice Princess. In the same year she starred in the film Racing Stripes where she played the character Channing Walsh.

In June 2007, she signed with the William Morris Agency, after previously being represented by United Talent Agency. Forbes estimated that she earned $2 million in 2007.

Panettiere in London

In 2008, Panettiere appeared in the drama Fireflies in the Garden as a younger version of Emily Watson's character, Jane Lawrence. In September 2008, she appeared in a satirical video, a mock-PSA (public service announcement) on funnyordie.com entitled "Hayden Panettiere PSA: Your Vote, Your Choice."[16] Again, in October, Panettiere appeared in another satirical PSA video on funnyordie.com entitled "Vote for McCain: He's just like George Bush, except older and with a worse temper."

In July 2009, Panettiere starred in the teen comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper. In September 2010, Panettiere was signed to star as Amanda Knox in the controversial Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy. Panettiere also provided the voice of Kate, along side Justin Long in 2010's Alpha and Omega.=

In 2011, she replaced Anne Hathaway as the voice of Red for the animated sequel Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil. In April 2011, Panettiere appeared in the sequel of the Scream franchise, Scream 4. She played Kirby Reed, alongside Emma Roberts and Rory Culkin.

Video games

Panettiere voices Kairi in the Kingdom Hearts series of video games created by Square Enix. She also voiced as Xion in the secret ending of Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep replacing Alyson Stoner.


Panettiere was nominated for a Grammy in 1999 for A Bug's Life Read-Along (2000). In 2004, she recorded a song entitled "My Hero Is You" with a video for the Disney Channel film she starred in, Tiger Cruise. The next year she recorded a song entitled "I Fly" for the Disney film Ice Princess in which she also co-starred. She recorded a song for the Hollywood Records compilation Girl Next (2006) and another song entitled "Go to Girl" for Girl Next 2 (2007). Also in 2007, She also recorded a cover for "Cruella De Vil" for DisneyMania 5, "Try" for the Bridge to Terabithia soundtrack and a ballad called "I Still Believe" for Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.

Panettiere's first single, "Wake Up Call", was digitally released on August 5, 2008. A clothing brand named Candie's announced that it was premiering an ad campaign for the single in late July. Similarly, Candie's would also provide additional promotion for the single with a television advertisement and a music video.

Commercial-product endorser

In late 2006, Neutrogena made Panettiere the cover girl for their new worldwide ad campaign; following in the footsteps of actresses Kristin Kreuk, Josie Bissett, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mandy Moore, Mischa Barton, Gabrielle Union and Jennifer Freeman.

In September 2007, Panettiere appeared in a Heroes-themed Got Milk? ad for which the photographs were shot by Annie Leibovitz.

In February 2008, Kohl's announced that Panettiere would be their next Candie's spokesperson.

Personal life

Panettiere has dated heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko. She was ringside for his knockout victory over Samuel Peter on September 11, 2010The actress confirmed on May 12, 2011 that she and Klitschko have broken up amicably after two years together. Both cited the long-distance nature of their relationship as the reason, and said they would remain close friends.

Panettiere has a tattoo of the Italian words Vivere senza rimipianti [sic] running down her left side. The word rimpianti is misspelled in what otherwise would mean "To Live Without Regrets".


Panettiere at the Fan Expo 2011 in Toronto

In 2007, Panettiere became an official supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities and is a member of their celebrity board, called the Friends of RMHC.

On October 31, 2007, Panettiere joined with The Whaleman Foundation to try to disrupt the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan. She was involved in a confrontation between Japanese fishermen and five other surfers from Australia and the United States (including former Home and Away star Isabel Lucas) of the group. The confrontation lasted more than 10 minutes before the surfers were forced to return to the beach, after which they left the country. Parts of the confrontation can be seen on the award-winning Sundance Film Festival documentary film, The Cove. The fishermen consider the condemnation as an attack on their culture.

Panettiere told E! News that an arrest warrant has been issued in Japan for her interference in the dolphin hunt, but her claim was later dismissed by the Japanese Fisheries Agency.In November 2007, she was awarded the "Compassion in Action Award" from the animal rights group PETA for her efforts to stop the dolphin hunt in Japan.She is also a vegetarian.

On January 28, 2008, Panettiere handed a letter of protest to the Norwegian ambassador in the United States arguing that Norway should stop its hunt for whales. She also delivered a letter to the Japanese ambassador calling for the end of Japan's hunting of whales. At a 2007 Greenpeace event in Anchorage, Alaska, Panettiere defended aboriginal whaling, saying that there is a difference between commercial whaling and the whaling practiced by aboriginal tribes in the United States.

In May 2008, Panettiere was involved in an eBay auction to benefit Save The Whales Again, a campaign of The Whaleman Foundation. The auction included tickets to a fundraising dinner hosted at the Hollywood restaurant Beso, owned by Eva Longoria, and a whale watching tour, with Panettiere, off the coast of Santa Barbara. The same month, during an interview with Teen Vogue, Hayden explained how her fame gives her a platform for her activism: "The show [Heroes] put me in a place to speak for things that I'm passionate about."

In September 2008, Panettiere launched her own line of calfskin leather bags for the company Dooney & Bourke.

In October 2008, Panettiere delved into the presidential election, releasing a public service announcement through the website Funny or Die. In this video Panettiere mocked Republican candidate John McCain for his age and temper. She subsequently made clear her intention to vote for Barack Obama, and urged other young people to vote.

Panettiere also appeared in a public service announcement with DC Shadow Senator Paul Strauss endorsing voting rights for the District of Columbia.

Panettiere is a teen ambassador for the Candie's Foundation, whose mission is to fight teen pregnancy. On May 6, 2009, she participated in a town hall meeting in New York City alongside Bristol Palin and then-Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Garza on the issue of teen pregnancy.


Year Film Role Notes
1994—1997 One Life to Live Sarah Victoria 'Flash' Roberts #3 Daytime TV series
1996 Aliens in the Family Young Girl 1 episode: "Too Good to Be True" (1.05)
How Do You Spell God?   TV movie
1996—2000 Guiding Light Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Spaulding #2 Nominated for YoungStar Award – Best Young Actress/Performance in a Daytime TV Series
1997 Unhappily Ever After Little Girl 1 episode
1998 A Bug's Life Dot (voice) Animated film
Nominated for Young Artist Awards – Best Performance in a Voice Over in a Feature or TV – Best Young Actress
The Object of My Affection Mermaid  
A Will of Their Own   TV mini-series
1999 Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke Young Doris Duke Miniseries
Message in a Bottle Girl on Sinking Boat  
Touched by an Angel Diana 1 episode: "Godspeed" (5.26)
If You Believe Young Susan Stone/Alice Stone, Susan's niece Nominated for Young Artist Award – Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot – Young Actress Age Ten or Under
2000 Dinosaur Suri (voice) Animated film
Nominated for Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards – Youth in Film
Nominated for YoungStar Award – Best Young Voice Over Talent
Remember the Titans Sheryl Yoast Nominated for Phoenix Film Critics Society Award – Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role
Nominated for Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards – Youth in Film
For award wins, see Awards section
2001—2002 Ally McBeal Maddie Harrington 10 episodes
2001 Joe Somebody Natalie Scheffer Nominated – Young Artist Award – Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ashley 1 episode: "Abuse"
Chestnut Hill Molly Eastman TV movie
The Affair of the Necklace Young Jeanne St.Rémy de Valois  
2002 Kingdom Hearts Kairi (voice) Video game
2003 Normal Patty Ann Applewood TV film
2003—2005 Malcolm in the Middle Jessica 4 episodes
2004 Fillmore! Yumi TV series (voice), 1 episode: "Code Name: Electric Haircut" (2.09)
The Dust Factory Melanie Lewis  
Raising Helen Audrey Davis  
Tiger Cruise Maddie Dolan Nominated – Young Artist Award – Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress
2005 Racing Stripes Channing Walsh  
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Angela Agnelli 1 episode: "Hooked"
Lies My Mother Told Me Haylei Sims TV film
Ice Princess Gennifer "Gen" Harwood Nominated – Teen Film/TV Series International Awards for Best Comedy Actress or Drama Support Role
For award wins, see Awards section
2006 Bring It On: All or Nothing Britney Allen  
The Architect Christina Waters  
Mr. Gibb[44][45][46] Allyson 'Ally' Palmer released on DVD as The Good Student
Commander in Chief Stacy 1 episode: "Wind Beneath My Wing"
Skater Boys Kassidy Parker No.2 1 episode: "Band of Gold"
Kingdom Hearts II Kairi (voice) Video game
2006—2010 Heroes Claire Bennet Nominated for Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role on Television Series – 2008–2010
Nominated for Teen Choice Award – 2007 – Choice TV: Breakout
For award wins, see Awards section
2007 Shanghai Kiss Adelaide Bourbon  
Diary of a New Girl Hannah Rochelle Voice
Robot Chicken Guest Voice
2008 Fireflies in the Garden Young Jane Lawrence Released in North America in 2011
Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King Princess Fairy Willow Voice
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper! Beth Cooper  
The Cove Herself Documentary film
2010 Alpha and Omega Kate Voice
Carmel Amber  
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Kairi (voice) Video game
2011 Scream 4 Kirby Reed  
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Red Riding Hood Voice
Filmed in 2009
Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy Amanda Knox Lifetime TV film




Year Title Chart position Album
U.S. Hot U.S. Pop
2008 "Wake Up Call"  125  97  

Soundtracks and compilations

Year Song Featured
2004 "Someone Like You" (Feat. Watt White) The Dust Factory
2005 "My Hero Is You" Tiger Cruise
"I Fly" Ice Princess Soundtrack and Disney Girlz Rock
2006 "Your New Girlfriend" Girl Next Vol.1
2007 "Home" Shanghai Kiss
"I Still Believe" Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
"Try" Music from and Inspired By Bridge to Terabithia
and Disney Girlz Rock, Vol. 2
"Cruella de Vil" DisneyMania 5
"Go to Girl" Girl Next Vol.2
2011 "I Can Do It Alone" Hoodwinked Too! (Hood vs. Evil) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]


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