is sure keeping herself busy while pre-production is underway for NBC's hit series, Heroes
, in which she plays the indestructible cheerleader, Claire Bennet. The 18-year-old actress has recently appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan
's April 2008 issue, in which she revealed her thoughts on men, troubled celebrities and being a "bad" good girl.
If you think that this petite young woman is a softie, then you have got her all wrong. Unlike many other young stars in Hollywood, Panettiere isn't into much of the pampered diva lifestyle. In fact, she's a veritable toughie, admitting to being brave about doing her own stunts.
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"I do as many of my own stunts as they'll let me do," Panettiere said. "Not a whole lot scares me."
This headstrong young woman is also not into the heavy partying and socializing scene, which often puts young stars in the prying eyes of the public.
"I think that people look at me as just another one of those girls who's going to screw up," she said about being such a young celebrity in the Hollywood business. "I have the occasional glass of champagne when I'm celebrating something, but generally, I don't drink. I'm a pizza-and-a-movie girl."
Don't label Hayden Panettiere as the typical good girl just yet, though, as she admits to being a flirt, especially when it comes to hanging out with the guys.
"I'm a 'bad' good girl," she admitted with a mischievous laugh. "Every girl likes feeling hot and sexy and beautiful and likes hearing it."
Of course, she means "sexy" in more ways than one. She admits to not being the typical slender-figured actress, and is indeed proud of it.
"I don't have a model's body," said Panettiere, who stands a little over five feet. "But I'm not one of those crazy girls who thinks that they're fat. I'm okay with what I have. I can rock this body, you know?"
And rock, she does. In fact, she intends to rock the entertainment industry even more with her new film project entitled Fireflies in the Garden
, in which she stars opposite Julia Roberts. Panettiere adds that she is very focused on her acting career, despite writing and recording her first album.
"I've always wanted to be a Meryl Streep or a Natalie Portman," she confessed. "I want to do all kinds of different movies, to be a chameleon. I don't want to limit myself."
When asked how she keeps herself grounded despite all the fame, Hayden Panettiere says it's pretty simple.
"The biggest thing is just to surround yourself with good people who keep you driven and keep you going where you want to go,” Panettiere said. “People who let you know that it's okay to be you."
Catch more of Hayden Panettiere in Cosmopolitan
's April 2008 issue, which is already available on newsstands everywhere.
-Valerie Anne del Castillo, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Cosmopolitan Magazine
(Image courtesy of Cosmopolitan.com)