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Hayden Panettiere: Google highlights my errors

Hayden Panettiere has admitted that seeing pictures of herself on the internet is tough.

The pretty blonde found fame as a cheerleader on Heroes and now plays a country music star in hit show Nashville.

Being in the public eye means Hayden often has to put up with paparazzi following her around, which can come back to haunt the star.

"It makes you very self conscious that every mistake you’ve made is on Google. It’s like a photo album of the all the good, the bad and the ugly," she admitted to British talk show host Graham Norton.

Hayden's Nashville character, Juliette Barnes, has a nasty side and is often feuding with her musician rival Rayna Jaymes, who is played by Connie Britton.

The characters often exchange harsh words, and Hayden admits she often find herself "apologising" to Connie after a particularly intense scene.

However, she enjoys having the chance to play someone more controversial.

"I love playing the villain. She’s mean and nasty. It was wild for me and something I was really excited about," she smiled.

"Because I had played an all American cheerleader [in Heroes] for so long, I knew it would be an uphill battle to be seen as any other kind of actor and then she came along."

The 23-year-old lit up the show, wearing a white top, beige blazer and leather pants with red ankle boots.

She even enjoyed a little boogie when Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams performed their music.

Although Hayden has a wholesome image, she recently revealed things could have taken a very different turn.

''I'm no different to anyone else and those same doors were opened to me and they are very easy to walk through - drugs, alcohol, being in inappropriate places where you shouldn't be at a certain age. It's a very tough position to be in but I had great people to pull me back from it," she candidly confessed to BBC Breakfast show.

With celebrities such as Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan arguably taking the wrong path, Hayden knows how easy it would be to lose control.

However, she was lucky enough to have positive influences around her.

''Being a young female growing up in this industry is tough. And I grew up in the generation of the wild child. I was guilty by association. So everyone sits there and waits for you to fall off your horse," she explained.

''But as long as you have people who are willing to tell you the truth and are not afraid to tell you the truth, and who are there to yank you back when you need it and give you a reality check, it makes a world of difference.''

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