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Saturday 7 March 2015

Hayden Panettiere: I'm not snooty

Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere would be "mortified" if people thought she was "snooty" in real life.

The actress stars as Juliette Barnes in new TV show Nashville. Juliette is an up-and-coming singer who threatens to steal the crown from more established musician Rayna Jaymes, portrayed by Connie Britton.

Hayden enjoyed playing Juliette although she hopes the audience understand she is nothing like her in real life.

"[She is] snotty, disrespectful," Hayden told Parade. "It would be mortifying if anyone thought that was me in any way.

"I'm not going to lie - after Heroes, it was an uphill battle to be seen as anything besides the sweet, all-American cheerleader. A ¬project like this that allows me to both sing and act is a dream come true."

Connie wants to make it clear that the show isn't about a singer who is past her prime. Although she knows many female actress feel there aren't enough parts for them when they reach a certain age, it's not something she has ever experienced.

"I want to make sure we don't imply that the minute a ¬woman turns 40 the business leaves her behind, because that's certainly not my experience. But there is a difference in perspective on the kind of stars these two women are, and that's really authentic," the 45-year-old said.

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