I have added various scans of Hayden in magazines for 2014 to the gallery thanks to Bri for a good handful of the ones from Soap magazines!
When Hayden Panettiere gets her Nashville scripts, she reads them first as a fan, and then as an actor. “I don’t connect myself with the character immediately. Initially, it’s ‘Oh, my gosh, Juliette, you idiot! Are you kidding me?’”
And yet after a season where her country diva became an industry pariah by very publicly breaking up a radio titan’s marriage (and appearing to have denounced God’s existence in a viral video), then wound up betraying her soulmate Avery by drunkenly hooking up with the record exec who’d booted her from his label, “the brilliance of the writing” has made fans “very forgiving of Juliette,” says the actress. “They’ve actually managed to find empathy for someone who just makes mistake after mistake after mistake.”
Of course, Panettiere’s nuanced performance — full of humor, heartache and oodles of diva brass — wins over audiences, too, and made her one of TVLine’s Dream Emmy Nominees as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
So, while Panettiere admits she was especially nervous about how Nashville fans would feel about Juliette’s aforementioned indiscretion with Jeff Fordham — “especially since they love Avery, and they love her and Avery together” — from a purely creative point of view, “the more fuel you put in my fire, the happier I’m going to be.”
TVLine caught up with the actress to talk about her epic season-finale monologue, her funniest one-liner and the way wardrobe helps delineate between Juliette’s public and private personas.
TVLINE | Let’s jump right in and talk about the Season 2 finale, your last scene with Avery (Jonathan Jackson) to be specific: After he asks her why she cheated on him, Juliette has that monologue about her difficult childhood, about her experiences with her mom’s “older guy” friends, about feeling like she’s just “trailer trash covered in rhinestones.” Tell me about coming to that point in Juliette’s character development, about making her that vulnerable.
You know, one of the things that has been such a blessing about playing this character is that, as forward as Juliette has been and as many times as she’s fallen on her face, there’s always something else to learn about her, to understand about her. For me, that scene was a big point of realization about my own character, about her and her past and where she comes from. Because I can come up with things in my head and speculate as to what’s gotten her to this place and why she is the way she is, but it’s not until you have monologues like that, that things really become clear.
[Juliette] really broke down. She really trusts Avery – and that’s the difference between him and all of the other relationships that she’s been in. She was on her knees going, “I am admitting to you something that I would never admit to anyone — nor have I ever really admitted to myself.” She’s that kind of person who puts a wall up in her head, and all that pain goes behind a door and it gets filtered and forgotten. But in that moment, she knew that she was going to lose the most important relationship she had ever had in her life. I’d say it was definitely one of my favorite scenes.
TVLINE | How many takes did it require to bring those emotions to the surface?
I love when they use as many cameras as they can — especially when you’re doing monologues like that. You want to be able to think about what you’re saying and come up with it in the moment. I knew the lines, but it wasn’t so set in my head that it just became repetitive to me. So, sometimes with emotional scenes, I’ll ask them to do the close-ups first, because the fresher I am with it, the better I feel. [In that scene], Juliette was speaking out of realization. She was going through it in that moment. This wasn’t something she had planned to say. She was almost speaking to herself, as much as to Avery. She was finally saying all this stuff out loud and coming to the realization about herself in that very moment.
TVLINE | The funny thing is, Avery wasn’t a terribly likeable character throughout Season 1 — or a good chunk of Season 2. Somehow he and Juliette bring out the best in each other — and their relationship has shown us her softer side, too. Was it fun this season to play that – to be able to leave her brattiness and hardness behind for a minute?
Absolutely. To play the “villain,” if you will, it’s only interesting when there’s a balance. If a character is constantly sweet you’re going to have a problem with it. If a character is constantly monstrous and evil, you’re going to have a problem with it. It’s the balance that makes it relatable and human — and that’s what we want to see. You forgive [Juliette] and you understand her and you love her, because the person that she is outside of the industry is a good person, a sweet girl. But she’s been through a lot. A lot of people will say “What a bitch,” but you know what? A lot of the time, while I don’t fully agree with the way she goes about things, most of the time I agree with her opinion about the situation. I genuinely do.
TVLINE | Speaking of balancing acts, the episode after Juliette has sex with Jeff is the one where the main characters go to the military base and perform. I thought that was an amazing episode for you because there wasn’t a single second where we couldn’t see that mistake haunting Juliette, see the panic and the sickness on her face. How did you achieve that?
It was probably as fresh and new to me as it was to Juliette, because I think that was the first time that she had ever cared enough to regret her actions. There have been very few things that this girl has allowed herself to feel guilty about in her life, and very few people, if any, that she’s genuinely hurt without going, “Well, take it, or leave it. This is life. I’ve been hurt too, and you’re not going to get sympathy from me.” So the guilt she’s feeling [over betraying Avery], it’s absolutely sickening, and you question your mind, “Even if I can guarantee a hundred percent that no one will ever find out, can I live with that? Can I live knowing that I did something that gives me nightmares?” Those scenes were really tough, because I was dealing with that hanging over my head, and also dealing with the fact that it was the first time that we realize that Juliette’s stepdad, who was her rock, and for all intents and purposes was her father, was a Blackhawk pilot and had died in a [training] accident. When people have been emotionally through a lot of trauma in the past, you almost become numb in a certain way where your brain shuts down. You tend to go into system overload — where things aren’t even in focus to you anymore. It’s such an intense emotional state that there are no words to describe it.
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There’s a good chance that fans are about to see a softer side to Juliette next season on Nashville after Hayden Panettiere dished on the epic moment when her character revealed to Avery why she cheated on him.
On Tuesday, TVLine posted an interview with the actress who discussed what it was like having Juliette become vulnerable in front of Avery, and how it continues to create a special persona to her character.
“You know, one of the things that has been such a blessing about playing this character is that, as forward as Juliette has been and as many times as she’s fallen on her face, there’s always something else to learn about her, to understand about her,” Panettiere said.
Juliette To Have A Baby In Season 3?
The actress then mentioned that the characters need to have a little bit of a good and a bad side to them because it won’t look good if they are fully one side or the other.
“If a character is constantly sweet, you’re going to have a problem with it. If a character is constantly monstrous and evil, you’re going to have a problem with it,” Panettiere said. “It’s the balance that makes it relatable and human — and that’s what we want to see.”
The actress then revealed that she doesn’t always agree with the way Juliette does certain things, but she still tends to agree with her opinion in a lot of situations.
Nashville Season 3 is expected to premiere this fall on ABC.
Question: Do you have any intel on if Hayden Panettiere’s pregnancy will be written into Nashville next season? —Brooke
Ausiello: I’m told Callie Khouri and her fellow writers are debating this issue as we speak (many of them heard the news around the same time as the general public, which means they’ve only had a week or so to weigh the pros and cons). My guess? HP’s baby bump will be incorporated into the show.
Hayden Panettiere has said she was “born to be a mother.” She’ll soon have her chance.
The 24-year-old Nashville star is expecting her first child with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, Yahoo confirms.
The actress and the heavyweight boxing champ first got together in 2009 and dated for two years before taking a break. In 2013, they rekindled their romance and she was sporting a diamond ring soon after, but she waited until October to confirm her engagement news.
Soon after they reunited, Panettiere gushed to Glamour about her desire to become a young mother. “I don’t really have a plan. I’ve lived a very big life, and I don’t feel my age, and I feel like I was born to be a mother,” she said. “Motherhood is the most beautiful, exciting thing, and there’s nothing that I feel like I can’t accomplish while having children in my life. I would sacrifice having more years of being wherever I want whenever I want for years with my kids.”
n the Ellen DeGeneres Show in November, she talked about how their height difference — she’s 5-foot-1 to Klitschko’s 6-foot-6 — and other physical attributes would make for kids that are just right. “He’s got bowlegs, I’ve got knocked knees, [so] they’re going to have straight legs. They’ll be normal height,” laughed the blonde.
Whether they will walk down the aisle before or after baby remains a secret. Their wedding plans had been postponed due to the political turmoil in his native Ukraine, where his brother, Vitali is the leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform and mayor of Kyiv.