Hayden Panettiere recently spoke with the Charleston Daily Mail about her role as Juliette Barnes on the ABC hit series, Nashville. In the report posted Oct. 28, Panettiere talks about the role as Nashville’s bad girl and compares it to her previous role as the indestructible, good girl cheerleader from “heroes.”
Juliette is the breakout country music star embroiled in a love-hate relationship with country music icon Rayna Jaymes, played by Connie Britton. Rayna’s been around forever and Juliette’s arrival on the scene is perceived as threat to her reign as queen of country music.
Panettiere, 24, has grown up in the industry, originally appearing as Ally McBeal’s adopted daughter on “Ally McBeal.” Later, she took on the role of the indestructible cheerleader in “Heroes,” a role which made her famous and could have pigeonholed her career. Yet, the way she has portrayed Juliette as both vulnerable and villainous has ensured that will never happen.
Here’s what Hayden has to say about the show and the character:
“Nashville’ was perfect timing with the perfect character. Juliette is so not the good girl that I played on ‘Heroes,’ but she has to put on the facade as a good girl to get what she wants. Juliette is tough, but when she cries, she means it: She’s a very damaged young woman running from a dark past. How much more perfect could I ask for?”
What Juliette likes about the way her character is shown is that while she is definitely a villain, the audience gets to see what makes her tick. It isn’t malice that drives Juliette but pain and that makes her more understandable, more likeable.
The 24 year old actress says she has drawn on her own experiences growing up in the business for this role. “In this business, there are so many doors wide open to walk through and it looks like the normal thing to do. The difference is, I’ve always had people around me to yank me back before I went too far,” she says.
We’re just glad she got the role because we couldn’t imagine anyone else as Juliette Barnes. Tune in to “Nashville” on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC and check back often for more spoilers, news and updates.
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