Hayden Panettiere was born on August 21st 1989 in Palisades, New York. She first began acting by playing the role Sheryl Yoast in Remember the Titans. She then proceeded to play the role of Sarah Roberts in One Life to Live and as Lizzie Spaulding in Guiding Light. She is famously known for her role as Claire Bennet in the television hit series Heroes. She has won several awards for playing a role in this NBC hit series.
She has recently starred in films such as Scream 4. In October 2012, she began playing the role of Juliette Barnes in Nashville, a musical series aired on ABC. She was nominated as the best supporting actress in the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.
She has a younger brother and is believed to have some Italian ancestry. She attended South Orangetown Middle school before being home schooled from the ninth grade until she finished high school. Hayden began appearing in commercials such as playschool before she landed her first role as an actress. Her break through was when she appeared as a cheerleader, Claire Bennet, in the television hit series Heroes.
She however complains that her roles have always been limited to the “popular cheerleader” or “the blonde”. In addition to being an actress, she is also a singer and was nominated for a Grammy award in 1999. She is known for recording songs for Disney channel films such as Tiger Cruise and Ice Princess.
Hayden is also a model and was featured as a cover girl in Neutrogena magazine in late 2006. She dated her co-star, Milo Ventimiglia, who played the role of Peter Petrelli in the NBC series, Heroes. They dated from 2007 to 2009 before breaking up. She is currently a teen ambassador for the Candie’s foundation where she actively advocates for prevention against teen pregnancy. In 2008, she launched her own line of leather bags for Dooney & Bourke.