Date of publishing: 17th
Hayden Leslie Panettiere was born on 21st August 1989
in Palisades, New York. Her mom got her started in
the business by doing commercials when she was just
11 months old. Then, at only 4 1/2, she was cast on
the soap opera "One Life to Live" (1968),
where she remained until 1997. Since then, she has
gone on to appear in many feature films and TV movies.
She stars in NBC’s hit ensemble drama series
“Heroes” as Claire Bennet, a high school
cheerleader in Texas, who learns through trial-and-error
that her flesh is indestructible. “Heroes”
follows the lives of ordinary people who discover
they possess extraordinary abilities.
The Scifi World had the opportunity to take a part
on a press conference with her. Here is the full report
of this conference.
there a super power that you think would benefit you
as a young Hollywood star or any other young Hollywood
star? Which would benefit you the most?
Hayden Panettiere: The ability to
Hayden Panettiere: Oh, yeah. Because,
I think, obviously we can blame most of it on people
who are doing the bad things they aren't supposed
to be doing, but at the same time when you have cameras
in your face all the time, there's no room to mess
up even slightly. Things get turned around on you.
So, if I could walk out my door or drive my car out
and not be followed by paparazzi, I'd be a very happy
With the changes in the cast
and the additions to the cast of Heroes, what has
the chemistry been like on set for season 2?
Hayden Panettiere: It's been great.
We have a new character that Daniel Ramírez
is playing. And Mia, she's been really fun and her
twin brother, it's been great. I really haven't had
a chance to be around them a lot, other than a few
passes on set. But everyone's pretty excited to be
a part of the show. It's already an established show.
It's been doing great. It's a wonderful show, and
most of the people who have joined the show have seen
it and are just psyched to be there.
everything you have gone through in this past year
on the show, how has that changed the way you view
what people have had to go through with working on
a weekly series like this?
Hayden Panettiere: I would have no idea what to expect.
I did do Ally McBeal for a season, but I was 12 and
it’s a totally different groove, and I wasn’t
in it every day and wasn’t one of the major
characters. It has been crazy, but this show is unlike
probably any show that any one shoots. We shoot it
like a movie, it’s like we are doing a full
length feature film every day. So in that aspect my
past feature film career has definitely prepared me
for that. But there is no place that I’d rather
be, I love my cast, I love my crew.
Coleman said that HRG is sort of back up to his old
tricks in season two, how do you feel about that dynamic
coming back? Going back to the sneaky kind of stuff.
Hayden Panettiere: I think that we have all proven
in this show that we all have our dirty little secrets.
Him going back, you know I think him becoming the
house dad, the good dad, wouldn’t be very exciting.
You know people like watching good-bad people and
you some times want to hate Jack’s character,
and you some times love him. It’s kind of a
toss up depending on what side you are on. But how
do I feel about that? I think it’s exciting!
I thinks it’s exciting for him, but I’m
not sure exactly what’s going to happen. As
I said everyone always has their dirty little secrets.
But I am excited to see what happens with everyone.
I wish I could turn bad, I’d turn bad in a second,
I’d be like yeah, I’d be the villain.
you first signed on for this show what exactly were
your expectations? Is it surreal now to know that
the show and your character have had a big impact?
Hayden Panettiere: Absolutely! I
had absolutely no idea what to expect. You know I
had never been on a show from beginning to end. You
know, been there for the pilot then the full series,
and especially not one like this. You never really
know how good the show, or how many incredible actors
are involved with it, you never really know what is
going to happen with it, or how the audience is going
to take it. Because I saw incredible shows this last
season, just not accepted by the audience, and it
wasn’t because it wasn’t good enough,
it wasn’t because people didn’t like,
people just didn’t grab it like they did other
shows. So it’s kind of a toss up, and I had
no idea. We were shooting for so long before the show
actually aired that we started thinking that either
it’s on the air already and it’s obviously
well because we are still here or we are just doing
this for shits and giggles and its never airing ever.
So if you had known any clue
in advance, would it have been an almost paralyzing
daunting thing to take on or would you have been like,
yeah bring it on?
Hayden Panettiere: Oh I’m used
to this. I’m like, yeah bring it on. I have
my cast mates and my family and I love them to death
and I wouldn’t trade them, my job or this show
for anything. But yeah, I would have taken it on.
sort of special extras did you get involved with for
the DVD release and was it the first time doing that
type of stuff?
Hayden Panettiere: There are commentaries
and deleted scenes, which I didn’t knowingly
participate in. There about 50 deleted scenes.
foul ups, bleeps and blunders type stuff?
Hayden Panettiere: No, not outtakes,
just deleted scenes that were never used. And it’s
incredible (and I’m not going to lie I’m
watching right now) it’s just incredible how
many scenes you totally forget were deleted. And you
are like “Oh that’s where that scene went.”
But you know, it is really fun to watch because we
really have limited time it’s only an hour show,
and especially with the pilot and stuff, you have
such limited time to explain all this information
that you need to know before you can get into the
gut of the show. Which is why we had the two hour
pilot and we showed it at Comic Con as well, which
was great. It really explains their characters and
goes more in depth in other things, but unfortunately
we didn’t have time for it. I have done another
commentary on the movie Ice Princess before, but that’s
season two picks up, where is it in Claire’s
life that we find her and how do we build up to this
new relationship with the new guy West?
Hayden Panettiere: It’s four
months from where we left off last season and Claire
is really trying to get in touch with her inner teen
self once again. She hasn’t given up on that
and you know, I think it would be a sad thing if she
did. She’s trying to fit in but not stand out,
and obviously they are still hiding and running from
these people. I think the funny thing about Claire
is that as much as she has that beautiful naiveté
about her and as sweet as she is, she does have that
spit fire, that sass about her. And it's fun to watch
her, but I think that she meets West, well you guys
we will see her meeting him, they are not all ready
together yet or anything like that? They are not dating
or something when the new season picks up.
Hayden Panettiere: No, no it’s
a gradual meeting, yes its teen angst. (Laughs)
were talking about getting in touch with her inner
teen; she’s not able to go back to her original
high school, is she? Is she asking to be an original
teen on the run, on the road or what?
Hayden Panettiere: Well she is settling
in somewhere in the United States.
Can’t be any old place,
but she is trying to live a normal life some where
for a while?
Hayden Panettiere: Yeah, she is trying,
and trying is the key word. As seen in Heroes, sometimes
what we try for, we don’t succeed at all the
would you describe are the biggest changes in Claire’s
character that have occurred first season?
Hayden Panettiere: I think she really grew up. I was
definitely for a while there was getting sick of crying,
I don’t know about any one else who was watching
the show, but I was tired of seeing her cry. And you
know, she just kind of went from that naive teenager
to only wanted to, well if you guys don’t have
kids or haven’t noticed teenagers are selfish
and I will vouch for that and she wanted what any
teenager would want. She wanted to be normal, she
wanted to be popular, she wanted to date the quarter
back of the foot team, and over the time by dismissing
her power like that she was risking a lot of people’s
lives. There was so much more she could do if she
just came to terms with that. So she just really evolved,
she really grew up and can now stand on her own and
stick up for herself. She just matured and hopefully
will keep doing that.
you mentioned you would love to play a villain on
the show. In the one episode when we see in to the
future of seeing the way some people go bad, Claire
was still on the side of good, and she always sort
of has been. Do you think Claire could ever go to
the dark side and is there anything that could happen
that could push her there?
Hayden Panettiere: You know in this
show anything is possible, you never know what’s
going to happen. I highly doubt it, but anything is
possible and those five years in the future is if
New York City blew up. (Laughs) There is always that
chance, that possibility.
about playing a villain would you appreciate the most,
versus a good guy that you would like?
Hayden Panettiere: I think because
I have been categorized and some times typecast because
of the fact that I’m blond and people look at
me like the popular cheerleader type. You know you
just don’t play the villains unless you are
Sharon Stone when you are blond and you look like
that. It would just be exciting for me. People look
at me as sweet some times, and I would never in a
million years describe myself as sweet, never. Kristy
will vouch for me. (Laughs) But I think it would be
a blast, it’s so much fun to be bad. At least
I’d have a chance and could play and pretend
to bad on screen.
going on with your singing right now, are you preparing
to release an album?
Hayden Panettiere: Hopefully it will
be coming out soon, when I can find the time to promote
On the DVD extras that you
said you are watching right now and it’s loaded
with a ton of bonus features, out of what you have
seen so far, what would you recommend people starting
with, what’s your favorite feature?
Hayden Panettiere: I would say, it
would depend on if they had seen the show or not.
If they haven’t seen the show I would say watch
the two hour pilot first and then maybe the deleted
scenes. I’m having fun watching the deleted
scenes, but that’s probably only because I know
what was deleted and what wasn’t. There is some
great stuff and goofy commentaries, like I’m
talking goofy commentaries. (Laughs) I think I remember
my commentary and they probably edited it. I love
DVD’s where you get to go and look at the extras
and find certain things, but people will have fun
with it, there is a lot of stuff on them.
guys are allegedly getting two new villains this year,
do you know anything about them that you can tell
us and how is it possible to be worse than Sylar?
Hayden Panettiere: Oh it’s
possible. I think there is one hint actually in the
first season. I won’t tell you what it is.
human hands with Molly?
Hayden Panettiere: Maybe! But it
is definitely possible to be worse than Sylar. You
know Sylar wasn’t really bad, he was pretty
good seemingly person, he was just kind of lost in
the beginning when they first found him, then he went
crazy. They will be bad ,really bad.
villains are more globally minded then Sylar? Because
Sylar was pretty much just out for himself.
Hayden Panettiere: I think that they’ll
appear here in a different way, it’s kind of
a mind trip you know in the way that Sylar was very
physical. These characters are just creepier, from
what I have seen of them and from what I have heard
about them, I have absolutely no idea otherwise.
you guys are filming season two, have there been any
bloopers or embarrassing moments that have happened
Hayden Panettiere: Oh my gosh, countless.
A season and a half of bloopers and you want me pick
specific ones that you remember that come to mind.
Like embarrassing moments or pranks you played on
Hayden Panettiere: I can’t
think of any. (Laughs) Aside from people line stumbles
and mumbles. That’s the thing about the set
as much fun as we have we still have to move, we have
a really fast pace to keep up. So it really doesn’t
give people much guts to play pranks. There are constant
line jumble ups, and of course the laughing tapes,
where you just can’t stop laughing to get the
lines right or do the scene, there are those all over
Or anything that went wrong
with a stunt maybe?
Hayden Panettiere: Somebody had it
the other day as they are the two worse people to
do a scene together as they are both goofy as anything,
and I cannot imagine them looking at each other with
a straight face, and I think they went through the
whole scene cracking up. (Laughs) If I remember one
I’ll yell it out.
there any more you can tell us, without spoiling anything,
about Claire in season two? I take it she is still
Hayden Panettiere: Well, not in Odessa
any more. I wouldn’t say good bye to the cheerleading
outfit quite yet, but she is not in that one any more.
else in terms of her growth, I know you said she has
matured and she will have a boyfriend?
Hayden Panettiere: Well this season
she is really looking to figure out more about her
powers, more about what she can do, how far she can
push it, and what happens when she does it. There
are still some unanswered questions about her abilities,
how far her pain tolerance can go, or if she can she
actually die. Well, I think we may have figured that
out by now, there’s this specific spot that
if you, you know like in the first season with Peter
where he had that shard of glass in the back of his
head and not until we pulled it out did he come back
to life. But the question is how long can they survive
with a piece of glass in his head before he can’t
regenerate any more. So I think she is really pushing
for answers and that is all I have seen her doing
so far. I mean, that is one of the things I have seen
her doing on that level, she is just trying to figure
who she is and what she is doing and what she wants
to do with her life and her abilities.
than paparazzi chasing you every where, how else has
your life changed since Heroes, what else has happened
good or bad, what has the show brought you?
Hayden Panettiere: I think it has
been great, it’s been fun. I have a new family,
a whole family made up of lots of brothers and two
dads. (Laughs) But it has been a blast, everything
I could have ever dreamed of and never should have
imagined. You just don’t expect that kind of
success for yourself.
have read that there is a video game in the works.
Is there anything specifically that you would like
to see with that and do you know if you will have
involvement with it?
Hayden Panettiere: I have no idea what the layout
would be or what it would look like. I’m ecstatic
my cousin made me my first action figure, it’s
not real, it is real but it’s not obviously.
He did a really cool job, it’s so cool and it’s
sitting on my shelf. It’s always fun to see
what they do with you characters in the video games
and what kind of animation they use. And I would love
to be involved with it and other than that I have
character is virtually indestructible. How do you
make her appear so vulnerable, what is your approach
as an actress?
Hayden Panettiere: Well, she is vulnerable, that’s
the interesting thing about her, the fact that she
is a physically indestructible girl, but she is not
emotionally or mentally indestructible, and that vulnerability
is what makes people like her. When you approach her
as an actress, it’s just like playing any other
character -- are they vulnerable, are they mean, nice,
disturbed or happy? You make her like a normal teenage
girl, and I actually am a teenage girl. So you just
approach it the way you would any other character.
When I’m acting, I forget about my abilities.
That’s not something that takes a toll on it
because she has no idea how to handle them, and that’s
the honest truth, so neither do I.
You are turning 18 later
this month. Will your character be experiencing a
similar milestone and also how are you planning to
celebrate your eighteenth?
Hayden Panettiere: I have no idea
yet if my character is gonna be doing that, we actually
haven’t all that much. It doesn’t look
like she is hitting a milestone any time soon, she’s
just struggling to get her life back or create a new
one. My eighteenth birthday I will be with friends.
you explain your approach to handling the pressures
on screen and off that come with being an actress?
How would you say that your approach is unique as
compared to other actresses in your generation’s
Hayden Panettiere: I think that my approach to acting,
because it is something that I love, it is something
that I respect, and something that makes me want to
be respected for what I do. That is what I’m
working towards, is working to be a respected actress,
and in order to be a respected actress there are certain
things that you just can’t do. And I think unfortunately
in this business when people start getting all those
perks and they head down the wrong road, they lose
track of what’s important. Their business and
their jobs became more about that than about their
craft. They forget about their craft and their love
of it, and sometimes it causes people to slack off
and lose focus. I’m a person that I love my
craft and I love what I do. I want to mature in it
and get better at it every time I do it. I want in
the future to be looked at as a respected actress.
season one Claire has been in some pretty gory predicaments.
What is it like working with all that make up, and
is that something we are going to see more of in season
Hayden Panettiere: It was sticky,
very sticky. If you can imagine, corn syrup, it’s
made out of the same thing, with dye. So you can imagine
what that does to your hair and your body after ten
and half hours of working. But you know it was the
most fun. Me and Milo were together and we got to
be sticky together. It was fun in the beginning, but
there are directors like Greg Beeman who like to go
(laughs) a little over the top. I just remember the
look on his face when he got that blood bottle in
his hand and he just looked at me like he was going
to attack, and I was like “Oh no”, and
he just poured it over my head. It looked good at
the end of the day. It’s not always a fun or
comfortable thing to do but that’s my job.
that something you think they will continue to push
the limits on with the second season?
Hayden Panettiere: Well, of course
there is her ability you know. And I think that the
longer she has it and the farther it goes then the
less she is really conscience of it, the less she
thinks about it, the less she notices that she can’t
do certain things, unless it clicks in her head. So
yes there is going to be plenty of blood, plenty of
snaps, pops and crackles.
we saw that Peter and Nathan are still alive from
those who went to Comic Con, is there going to be
an attempt on Claire’s part to get back with
them and create more of a family than previously?
What was her attempt to find them in the first place?
Hayden Panettiere: I have absolutely no idea quite
yet, we have not gotten that far. We are dealing with
really interesting storylines, it will be a little
bit but I’m sure you have not seen the last
of the Petrelli’s, it is a family.
Do you consider Heroes to
be a soap opera? And why not.
Hayden Panettiere: No. I would get
soap operas as being more like The O.C., that was
more of a soap opera. I don’t know, I have never
seen people break bones in their bodies on a soap
opera or fly.
mean from the emotional story points of the show,
Claire building her family up together again. Like
you have mentioned teen angst before and those kinds
of emotional points?
Hayden Panettiere: If you are saying
that anything, movies or shows that have this kind
of emotion to them, are soap operas, then sure it
can be a soap opera. It’s a really interesting
soap opera. There are tons of differences, but emotionally
wise, God knows I have to cry enough, at least I did
last season, well sure. But I think it has a lot of
different elements to it.
are going to Europe for the Heroes World Tour. Can
you possibly confirm who might be going with you and
what are you most looking forward to about the World
Hayden Panettiere: It’s me, Milo, Jack and Adrian.
What am I looking forward to most? Getting out of
California. You know, I will be eighteen. I think
it will be exciting, it will be fun to just get away
and be with my cast members. It’s going to be
so much fun, I can’t even imagine. Just seeing
those beautiful cities and countries and just be able
to be there, staying in the top hotels in Paris and
London, what more could you ask for really? I’m
excited to be with my cast mates, we have not really
spent that kind of time together. You know, we see
each other all the time and we do spend time together
but not days consecutively; we’ll see who is
mad at each other by the end of the trip. How many
fights there have been and how many people are cranky?
visual look of the show, which I think is one of the
best looking shows on TV and I can’t wait to
watch it on HD-DVD. Do you personally have a favorite
looking scene, now that you are watching it again;
something that you are thinking wow this looks fantastic
on DVD or in High Definition?
Hayden Panettiere: Well thank you for the compliment.
That is a great question. I don’t know, you
get to see up close and personal how beautiful Sendhil
really is. (Laughs) I think the blood and the guts
will look even, ugh more. Oh my gosh I can’t
even imagine, that’ll look so nasty. There are
so many special effects and really cool shots and
back grounds and the scenery that is incredible. Like
New York City and just the skylines, we did some blue
screen too, and I’m sure that looks insane.
I would have to say the blood and the guts and my
hurling myself off the gravel tower being pretty cool
to watch in Hi-Def.
you have any thoughts or ides of what you would like
to see your character do in season 2 and any up coming
Hayden Panettiere: I mean, she has
come a long way since where she was the first season.
She has matured incredibly and I think the boyfriend
thing is touching, which is cool. I would love to
see her work with the characters she has not worked
with; I haven’t even started to work with them.
I haven’t worked with, god, I think I have worked
with less of the cast than I think that I have worked
with. So yeah, I want to work with my cast mates.
What happens to the rest
of her family, obviously she’s with her dad,
but are your mother and brother just left behind?
Hayden Panettiere: No, of course
not. Where would Mr. Muggles be then? We love Mr.
Muggles. I think you might see them this season.
the show your character is indestructible. Can you
recall a time when you were younger when you kind
of felt indestructible?
Hayden Panettiere: Yeah, when I was younger I always
had that thought in my head for some reason, and I
could never imagine dying. And it was impossible for
me to die when I was younger. Not indestructible in
the way that I could heal myself, but you know when
you are younger death is not something that like clicks
in your head. Now it is, now it does. Now I don’t
feel so indestructible even though I’m playing
someone that is indestructible.
have been some of the acting challenges for you stepping
back into the role this year and playing Claire so
far in season two, would you say?
Hayden Panettiere: God, all the same
ones as the first season. I mean, when you are working
with such an amazing cast, they are such great actors,
it’s kind of hard to go wrong. Acting challenges,
god I have no idea. I think she is pretty much were
she left off last season, and she is trying to be
a normal girl. I think it’s less challenges
and more fun, it’s fun to be in hiding. That’s
a hard question, because there isn’t anything
that stands out that’s like, “Ahh that’s
really hard I have to pretend to be this and pretend
to be that” It’s not really like that.
It’s more “Ooh I get to do this and Ooh
I get to do that.”
of the really compelling things about Heroes is the
striving for universal themes and philosophical introductions,
and there is this tension in Claire’s life between
security and freedom that we see her dad really wrestle
with. Is that something you find she strives for,
and if so or if not, is it something we’ll see
more in season 2?
Hayden Panettiere: The fact that she has to wrestle
with what was it?
the tension between the security her dad tried to
provide and the freedom to know who she is and kind
of explore the world and that kind of continued with
the introduction of her grandmother, and I’m
wondering if we are going to see these kind of themes
in season 2, and if you think there is a parallel,
kind of global message in that?
Hayden Panettiere: Well, she is a teenager, and all
teenagers, there is almost a metaphor, an odd metaphor
in that teenagers are constantly trying to push their
parents away, constantly trying to test their limits
of freedom and how far they can push things. And it
is sort of the same thing for Claire; she’s
doing it in a different way. Not really to have her
freedom per se, to go to the mall with her friends
and go on vacations, it’s more to learn more
about herself and this ability and what she can do.
I think in that way that it is definitely a teenager
universal message; all teenagers will understand that
one. But I think that will continue to be a battle
for her until she is an adult, and even then her dad
is still going to want to protect her.
you listen to everybody dissecting everything about
the show and your character, is there any part of
you, although I’m sure NBC loves the attention,
for you personally do you go in the back of your mind
“For the love of God, people get a life”?
And have you ever been as obsessed with anything personally
as people seem to be obsessed with Heroes?
Hayden Panettiere: Do I do that “God
people get a life? “ (Laughs) I’m sure
it’s crossed my mind, but I think it’s
very cool that they like it. And because of the fact
that they like it so much, it’s almost a pat
on the back every time they say something about it
and love it. Aside from awards shows we are behind
the camera, we’re the ones filming it in the
studio, and it doesn’t click that 15 million
are watching the show until you see them and you hear
from them. So it’s cool to hear from them, it’s
our kudos and pats on the back. Have I ever been obsessed
with anything? Not really no. There is some definite
obsession going on with Heroes, which is fine by me.
I don’t think I have ever felt that, I wish
I could feel it, but I have never felt it.
Could you tell me more about
the Heroes Cast Dinner that you have every week or
month, and also who is the actor you feel the closest
to in the cast?
Hayden Panettiere: Yes we do have
our dinners, which we actually haven’t had one
in a quite a while, but we need to. We’ve all
been going crazy and busy and we are shooting like
3 episodes at a time right now, so it’s intense.
Who do I feel the closest too? That’s hard,
I mean, I have no idea they are all so different.
Adrian, we always said he’s like the big brother,
he is so funny and always wants to take you here and
there. And you know he is the leader, like he has
already planned a dinner in Paris at one of the top
restaurants in the world. We are all like, “oh
great who is footing that bill?” Greg is the
goofball, Milo is more the flirt and Sendhil is great
and Masi, there is just so many different personalities.
Everyone is so different and so great, I was just
about to say that everyone has either a crush on either
Milo or Sendhil and then I looked at Greg, Adrian
and Masi and everyone has a crush on them too. We
have a cast full of heart throbs, what can you say?
And you know Ali, we are the girls in a group of guys,
we have to stick together.
Now Jack Coleman I’m very close too as I have
to work with him a lot. He is just so much fun and
is so funny and he’s such a bright man. It’s
just really fun to be around someone who is so bright
and funny at the same time. And Ashley Crow who plays
my mom and Zach who plays Sylar. Zach is fun! And
funny to and he’s a good friend too. So it’s
just really hard to say, they all just have their
own individual personalities and it’s such a
hoot when we get together.
has working with the large cast helped you with your
Hayden Panettiere: Well it is not
only a large cast, but it’s a large cast of
really good actors. And when you are around such good
actors you really want to bring yourself up, you are
constantly working to bring yourself up to their level
and to strive to be better and do your best. At the
same time in this show, because we don’t always
get a chance to work with each other that it’s
almost like showing off every time you work them,
because you haven’t work them and you haven’t
work with them and you are so excited to you are like
“Oh oh I’ve got to be really good because
I’m working with so-and-so today.” They
make you want to be better.
it almost like acting school in a way.
Hayden Panettiere: I don’t
know, I’ve never been to acting school, so I
have no idea.
I know in this industry there are rules for minors
about the hours you can work, so how will turning
18 change your life on the set?
Hayden Panettiere: Well, I can now
work until the wee hours of the morning.
that’s a good thing?
Hayden Panettiere: Nahh, I can now
work 15, 16 or 18 hours, it’s awesome. But that
actually started happening when I graduated so I’m
working those hours right now. At 18 there are more
stunts that I can do I think, which I’m ecstatic
about. There are certain stunts that they won’t
let me do because I’m a minor and this next
season I get to them, yeah!
Now, any plans on moving
out from your parent’s house now that you’re
Hayden Panettiere: No, I don’t
think it is necessary to live on my own any time soon.
you expecting the critical and over whelming popularity
of the show? Did it take you by surprise, this wave
of adulation, this obsession, what ever you want to
call it, that follows the show now and everything?
What’s your reaction to all of this?
Hayden Panettiere: You know, as I always say you never
really expect that kind of success for yourself or
to be a part of anything like that, but you know at
the same time we thought, we knew it would do great.
We thought it would do great at least, as anything
is possible in this business. We thought it would
do wonderful by word of mouth and what we were hearing
the producers and writers say; we had some confidence
in it. But at the same time that night before it premiered,
it was like “Oh god we could possibly not do
well” and blah blah blah, because you know everything
in this business is kind of a toss up.
Comic Con in the Heroes panel, several of the cast
members had tee-shirts that had who their hero was,
and I was wanting to know who your hero is, both cast
or character and why?
Hayden Panettiere: My family is my heroes. I mean
Meryl Streep is like one of my favorite actresses.
All my cast mates, everyone I love I think are my
heroes, everyone I look up to. I look up to all my
cast mates, I look up to my family, but Meryl Streep
is one of those people you know, who just was an incredible
actress, incredible! And what she did with her career,
how diverse it was and how different everything was
and how well she pulled it off and the grace she has
doing it. And how just humble she is, it’s really
incredible, and it’s just somebody you want
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