Hayden Panettiere has an impressive resume of feature film, television, animation and commercial credits that have made her name synonymous with rising star. Most famous for her role as Claire Bennett on Heroes, Hayden was cast in the unique and challenging role as a high school cheerleader who is literally indestructible.
Hayden’s film credits are just as impressive as her work on TV. She completed filming Fireflies in the Garden opposite Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe and Emily Watson for Senator Intl. The story, directed by Dennis Lee, explores the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced with an unexpected tragedy. She also starred in the independent feature The Architect opposite Anthony LaPaglia and Isabella Rossellini. She also appeared in Mr. Gibb for Kevin Spacey’s company Triggerstreet co-starring Bill Sadler and Tim Daly and she co-stars in the upcoming romantic dramedy Shanghai Kid and she starred as the lead in Bring it On Yet Again, the sequel to the box office hit Bring it On, for Universal Home Video.
Hayden dazzled everyone in her role as a competitive ice skater in Ice Princess. In order to bring authenticity to her role for the film, she trained rigorously and executed all of her own stunts. In addition, she recorded the ballad “I Fly” for the film’s soundtrack and closing credits. She co-starred in the Lifetime original movie Lies My Mother Told Me, based on a compelling true story, opposite Joely Richardson and she embodied the challenging leading role as a jockey in Warner Brothers’ Racing Stripes opposite the voices of Dustin Hoffman and Whoopi Goldberg.
Hayden had a lead role in the feature film comedy Raising Helen, directed by Garry Marshall. Additionally, she starred in Tiger Cruise, a dramatic story based on the true events of September 11th which debuted to rave reviews on The Disney Channel.
Hayden’s film, Normal, opposite Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson, directed by Jane Anderson for HBO, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Her spitfire characters in both the films, Joe Somebody as Tim Allen’s daughter, and Remember the Titans, in which she co-starred with Denzel Washington, helped to establish her as a unique talent. Her portrayal of a young “Jeanne,” played by Hilary Swank, in The Affair of the Necklace is a cameo performance of depth beyond her years.
Hayden’s other film credits include Message In a Bottle with Kevin Costner and Object of My Affection with Jennifer Aniston. Her television appearances have won her numerous nominations and awards.
Her voice is as recognizable as her face. She starred in the delightful animated feature, A Bug’s Life, as “Princess Dot” and as “Suri” in Disney’s Dinosaurs. Her work for A Bug’s Life Read-A-Long garnered her a Grammy Nomination for Best Spoken Word Album, as well as a nomination for The Hollywood Reporter’s Young Star Award for Best Young Voiceover Talent.
Recently, Hayden’s increasingly impressive list of accomplishments includes her now three-year long association with Neutrogena as the beauty company’s “New Face.” In addition, Hayden was tapped by Movieline’s Hollywood Life Magazine to receive the Young Hollywood Exciting New Face/Female Award for 2005.
She also spent time in the recording studio working on her own CD from Hollywood Records which launched in 2008.
Hayden is an Ambassador for the IUCN Wildlife Foundation. The organization helps to raise funds to support and save endangered species. Nelson Mandela and Queen Noor are fellow Ambassadors. She has recently joined forces with Pierce Brosnan to save the whales through the Whaleman Foundation.
Palisades, New York, United States of America
She began her acting career at 11 months when she appeared in a commercial for Playskool.
She has appeared in over 50 commercials.
Her parents are Lesley R. Vogel, a former soap opera actress, and Alan L. "Skip" Panettiere, a fire department lieutenant. Coincidentally, her first rescue on Heroes was from a train wreck fire.
She takes karate and boxing lessons.
Her hobbies include singing, dancing, horseback riding, gymnastics, taking piano lessons and swimming.
She was originally cast to play Sarah Altman in Panic Room (2002) but was later replaced by Kristen Stewart.
Her last name is pronounced "Pan-Uh-Tee-Air-Ee"; the Italian translation is "Baker".
She has two dogs named Penny Lane and Madison.
She is a vegan.
She is an active supporter of ALF (Animal Liberation Front).
She is the second-ever recipient of The Wyler Award (which honors a celebrity who has raised awareness of animal issues) for her on-the-ground work to expose Japan's slaughter of dolphins.
In 2007, she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Program for Heroes.
In 2007, she won a Feature Film Award Acting
for Shanghai Kiss.
In 2007, 2008 and 2009, she won a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Action Adventure for Heroes.
In 2007, she won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actress for Heroes.
In 2001, she won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress for Remember the Titans.
2011: Carmel - Amy
2011: Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil - Red Riding Hood (voice)
2011: Scream 4 - Kirby Reed
2011: Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy (TV movie) - Amanda Knox
2010: American Dad! (TV series) - Ashley
2010: Alpha and Omega - Kate (voice)
2006-2010: Heroes (TV series) - Claire Bennet/Sylar
2010: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Video Game) - Kairi (voice: English version)/Xion (voice: English version)
2009: I Love You, Beth Cooper - Beth Cooper
2008: Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King (video) - Fairy Princess Willow (voice)
2008: Fireflies in the Garden - Young Jane Lawrence
2007: Robot Chicken (TV series) - Cheetara/Ramona/Seuss Sister
2007: Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix (Video Game) - Kairi (voice: English version)
2007: Shanghai Kiss - Adelaide Bourbon
2006: Skater Boys (TV series) - Kassidy Parker #2
2006: Bring It On: All or Nothing (video) - Britney Allen
2006: The Architect - Christina Waters
2006: Commander in Chief (TV series) - Stacy
2006: The Good Student - Ally Palmer
2005: Kingdom Hearts II (Video Game) - Kairi (voice: English version)
2003-2005: Malcolm in the Middle (TV series) - Jessica
2005: Ice Princess - Gen Harwood
2005: Lies My Mother Told Me (TV movie) - Haylei Sims
2001-2005: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Angela Agnelli/Ashley Austin Black
2005: Racing Stripes - Channing Walsh
2004: The Dust Factory - Melanie Lewis
2004: Tiger Cruise (TV movie) - Maddie Dolan
2004: Raising Helen - Audrey Davis
2004: Fillmore! (TV series) - Yumi
2003: Normal (TV movie) - Patty Ann Applewood
2002: The Mark of Kri (Video Game) - Tati (voice)
2002: Ally McBeal (TV series) - Maddie Harrington
2002: Kingdom Hearts (Video Game) - Kairi (voice: English version)
2001: Joe Somebody - Natalie Scheffer
2001: The Affair of the Necklace - Young Jeanne
2001: Chestnut Hill (TV movie) - Molly Eastman
2000: Remember the Titans - Sheryl Yoast
2000: Dinosaur - Suri (voice)
1996-2000: Guiding Light (TV series) - Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Spaulding
1999: If You Believe (TV movie) - Young Susan 'Suzie' Stone/Alice Stone, Susan's niece
1999: Touched by an Angel (TV series) - Diana
1999: Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke (TV movie) - Young Doris Duke
1999: Message in a Bottle - Girl on Sinking Boat
1998: A Bug's Life (Video Game) - Dot (voice)
1998: A Bug's Life - Dot (voice)
1998: A Will of Their Own (TV mini-series)
1998: The Object of My Affection - Mermaid
1994-1997: One Life to Live (TV series) - Sarah Victoria 'Flash' Roberts #3/Sarah Roberts
1997: Unhappily Ever After (TV series) - Little Girl
1996: How Do You Spell God? (TV movie) - Megan Blackwood
1996: Aliens in the Family (TV series) - Young Girl
"I think at the age I'm at, it's really hard for a film career, and I'm at a point in my life where I thought it would be a good idea to be a part of a good show and to be able to finish school."
"You go on these Internet blogs and people say the meanest things. I'm a normal person. Just because I'm in the spotlight doesn't mean I'm God's gift to the world. I'm learning and making mistakes just like every other 17-year-old girl out there."