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Hayden: I love my curves

Hayden Panettiere is a role model for “healthy, normal girls”.

The actress is constantly faced with pressure to slim down and be stick-thin. But she refuses to let anyone make her feel bad about her figure.

“There is a lot of pressure that comes with it, but there’s also the pressure to be a good role model for women and have a normal, healthy body,” Hayden told FOX411. “But I love being my height and size, and representing a normal girl and a different body type.”

Hayden, 24, doesn’t let the stress get to her and focuses on being healthy and happy.

She portrays Juliette Barnes on TV show Nashville, the second season of which premiered in the US this week. The actress thoroughly enjoys the role, especially as it offers her a way to indulge her love of music.

“I have always been a fan of country music, in fact I would have loved to do country music and sing country music earlier, but I was afraid being from New York that people wouldn’t be able to make that connection and think I was trying to be somebody that I wasn’t,” Hayden admitted. “But I have also taken a lot of my character from myself, my own personal life. No, I didn’t grow up in the country music industry or music industry, but I grew up a young female in the spotlight with a lot of the same stresses.”

The Heroes actress believes the movie and TV industry is not that different from the music world. So all she does is draw from her own background to make herself believable as a country star on Nashville.

“I definitely pulled a lot from my own life experience,” she explained.

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