American actress, model, and singer Hayden Panettiere. Panettiere is most recognized for her performance in the NBC television series Heroes. In the ABC/CMT musical-drama series ‘Nashville,’ she portrayed Juliette Barnes.
Her acting career began when she portrayed Sarah Roberts in ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘Guiding Light’
Panettiere was born in Palisades, New York on August 21, 1989, to former soap opera actress Lesley Vogel and fire captain Alan Lee Panettiere.
She was raised alongside her younger brother, actor Jansen Panettiere. Panettiere first attended South Orangetown Middle School in New York but switched to homeschooling when her acting career began to flourish.
Panettiere’s television career began at a young age when she first appeared in commercials. The majority of her early childhood was spent starring in daytime soap operas, such as “One Life to Live” and “Guiding Light.”
She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance in the Lifetime TV movie “If You Believe,” for which she got praise. She proceeded to star in popular television series such as “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” over the subsequent years.
In 2006, Panettiere landed one of the lead parts on the NBC series “Heroes,” which, given the show’s popularity, catapulted her career to a new level.
After “Heroes” finished, she began starring as Juliette Barnes in the ABC musical series “Nashville,” which increased her popularity. The series ran for six seasons, and she was nominated for several awards for her depiction of Barnes.
Panettiere began her cinematic career at a young age when she landed a voice role in “A Bug’s Life” (1998). Throughout the early 2000s, she appeared in a number of famous films, including “Remember the Titans,” “Raising Helen,” and “Bring it On All or Nothing.”
In 2009, she played Beth Cooper in “I Love You, Beth Cooper” and Amanda Knox in “Amanda Know: Murder on Trial in Italy,” an adaptation of the true event. She also had a key role in 2011’s “Scream 4” and displayed her voice acting skills once more in 2012’s “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.”
Singing and Modeling Career
Panettiere was also in demand as a vocalist, having recorded a number of songs that appeared in films and television programs in which she starred. In 1999, she was nominated for a Grammy for her vocal performance in “A Bug’s Life.”
She worked with Disney on multiple occasions, recording songs for films such as “Tiger Crusade,” “Ice Princess,” and “Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.” She has recorded many singles for the soundtrack of the television series “Nashville.”
Panettiere participated in a number of advertising campaigns as a model, in addition to her acting and singing careers. In 2006, Neutrogena chose her to be the face of their worldwide advertising campaign.
In 2008, she became the official ambassador for Kohl’s and their clothing brand Candie’s. From 2007 to 2008, she also designed limited edition purses for Dooney & Burke and appeared in their magazine adverts.
Hayden Panettiere’s Net Worth
The American actress and singer Hayden Panettiere has a net worth of $15 million. She first gained widespread recognition for her role as cheerleader Claire Bennett on the television series “Heroes.” She then starred in the television series “Nashville” (since 2012).
Panettiere has committed a significant amount of time to halt the hunting of dolphins and whales. To stop a dolphin hunt in Japan, they joined The Whaleman Foundation in 2007, resulting in a confrontation filmed in the Oscar-winning film “The Cove.”
She has also personally contacted the Norwegian and Japanese ambassadors to the United States to request that they cease whale hunting.
Panettiere participated in an eBay auction that included as rewards a whale-watching excursion with Panettiere and tickets to a fundraiser dinner in order to generate funds for the Save the Whales Again campaign.
She has also been politically active, urging young people to vote and supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. She has been active in reducing underage pregnancies and began fighting for domestic abuse victims in 2020.
Panettiere has been in a number of partnerships with prominent individuals. From 2007 until 2009, she dated her “Heroes” co-star Milo Ventimiglia.
She met world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2009 after both of them were included in the book “Room 23” by a mutual acquaintance. The couple began dating in the same year but ended their relationship in 2011, deciding to remain friends.
However, they resumed dating in 2013 and announced their engagement the following year. The couple welcomed a daughter in 2014.
Panettiere developed postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, for which she sought treatment.
Klitschko and Panettiere stayed engaged but did not ultimately wed. 2018 saw the end of the couple’s marriage, however, they remain on cordial terms. Panettiere began dating actor Brian Hickerson shortly thereafter.
However, the relationship was strained, as Hickerson was arrested in 2019 and eventually freed on bond for domestic abuse. In 2020, he was re-arrested and charged with domestic assault and interfering with a police officer.
The police responded to a call in Jackson, Wyoming, following an alleged altercation between Hickerson and Panettiere, during which Panettiere sustained many injuries.
Following Hickerson’s arrest, the couple broke up, and Panettiere has since spoken out about the abuse she faced in the relationship. She has also withdrawn from public view to focus on her personal life.
In March of 2008, Hayden purchased a mid-century modern property in the Hollywood Hills for $2,635,000. In March 2014, she sold this home for $3.075 million. Hayden purchased a newly-built home in Nashville in 2012. In October of 2018, she sold this home for $1.65 million.