Hayden Panettiere: 'I Still Have My Insecurities'
Hayden Panettiere won fans as a cheerleader helping to save the world in NBC's popular Heroes. Now, she's a cheerleader on the big screen in I Love You, Beth Cooper, which is getting additional buzz for her nude scene.
As Parade.com's Jeanne Wolf discovered, Panettiere was very mellow about taking it all off.
What it takes to get naked.
"I don't think it takes much thought, and I don't think it takes much preparation as an actor. My dad has always said I was an exhibitionist when I was growing up. As a young girl, I'd be running around with no clothes and I was like, 'La, la, la, la.' So, I didn't find it very hard being naked. It's like I drop my towel and that's it. But that's just me though. Maybe other people find it harder."
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She had more fun doing stunts.
"I did some of the driving and I'd like to say I'm a much better driver than Beth. I do as much as they'll let me do. The insurance company people are not always my favorites because they're like, 'No you can't do this and you can't do that.' But I'm always up for stunts and I always have a great time. It's like my sport."
Connecting with a high-school girl.
"Beth is kind of a metaphor for me. She's very popular -- I might not be going through the same exact thing and I might not have the same exact insecurities as her -- but I still have my own insecurities and I still am unsure about things and unsure about the future. I can relate to people who behave a certain way because of anger or sadness or just genuine insecurity about who they are and the fear of who'll they'll become."
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The high school moment TMZ missed.
"I was mostly home schooled because I was on so many film sets. But I did get to go to homecoming and prom, and even ended up running from the cops once. We went to a place that we weren't supposed to be where we had a little party. Some of the older kids thought it would be funny to light fireworks just as some cops drove by and they started chasing us. I was just like 'Oh, this is funny' because I had gone from the adult world of making films to running from the cops. I got a kick out of it until three of my friends got grabbed and suddenly you're going, 'Oops, big doo doo, you're in trouble.'"
Dealing with stardom.
"I am an image, what people want to make me. They don't really know me. They don't know who I am. They don't know what I'm like. And sometimes I get some bad things said about me and I think, 'You've never hung out with me, you never had a conversation with me, so how do you know?'"
Putting those rumors to rest.
"Is there something that's not a misconception about me? I'm single and mingling. I am not dating anyone specifically. I'm not pregnant, if you see any rumors like that. I'm not getting married. I'm not looking for a house with anyone. Let's see, what else could there be? They're all rumors. Don't believe any of it. None of it's true."
Sneak peek of next season's Heroes.
"Claire's in college and she has a new roommate who we don't really know much about in the beginning and we'll find out more about her. There's also this new group in town called The Carnival and they're the opposite of The Company, which wanted to keep their powers secret. The Carnival wants everyone to know what they're up to and that should make things interesting."
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What you don't see on the tube.
"We tease each other unmercifully. Zach Quinto showed up on set with no eyebrows because he was still filming Star Trek. I was like, 'Hey, dude. What happened?' We would be like, "OK, Spock, whatever you say, Spock." But we're all like brothers and sisters that just sit there and poke each other's buttons and take each other's egos and shove them on the ground and stomp on them a little. They do it to me all the time. I'm the butt of everyone's jokes. I'm the little sister who gets it more often than not. I'm always going, 'Leave me alone.'"
Standing up for dolphins and whales in The Cove.
"I just grew up a big fan of animals. If I could work with animals for the rest of my life I'd be the happiest person. So that's why I got involved with the whales and dolphins. We filmed in this bay in Japan where they herd dolphins and whales and kill them. It was horrible to see the water run blood red and I'll never forget what I saw. But it made me feel like I was doing something instead of sitting in a studio doing a PSA to tell people, 'save the whales and dolphins.' It's going to be a long battle but I'm in until the bitter end."