Hayden Panettiere is a National treasure. She’s not an actress who is widely spoken about, and yet her resume is anything but boring.For those who don’t recognize her, remember the football savvy little girl from “Remember the Titans,” Sheryl Yoast? None other than Panettiere.From an early career in soap operas to a Grammy nomination in 1999, Panettiere has taken the entertainment industry by storm.
Whether it’s a Lifetime drama, a voice-over role, or a cheesy rom-com, Hayden Panettiere shines in any role.Since the finale of “Nashville” in 2018, Panettiere hasn’t starred in any other big-time projects.But, like all creatives, she deserves a break from life on the screen.
I'll be keeping my eyes and ears open for news regarding Panettiere’s return but until then, you can expect me watching reruns of “Nashville” whenever I can.Here are some of Hayden Panetteire’s movies and tv shows that’ll get you caught up on her career.
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, “Nashville” is a fictitious television drama that followed the lives of Rayna James, played by Connie Britton, and Juliette Barnes, portrayed by Hayden Panettiere.
In the show, Rayna is the reigning queen of country music, having had a successful career over the past two decades, but her career is suffering. Juliette is a rising star who is the face of bubble gum pop country music.
Their lives outside of music become further complicated when family drama and romantic relationships begin to get in the way. Over six seasons, Rayna James will have to learn to balance saving her career and being the matriarch of her family, while Juliette Barnes will have to learn to grow up in an ever-changing industry and put her ego aside to build both strong romantic and familial relationships.
Hayden Panettiere starred as highschool cheerleader, Claire Bennet, who was an original character in the American science fiction drama, “Heroes.”
“Heroes” aired on NBC for four seasons throughout 2006 to 2010 and was a critically acclaimed TV show that received many award nominations, including Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, and People’s Choice Awards.
The show tells the story of people from all facets of life and from all around the world who suddenly realize they have superhuman abilities. As their lives begin to change, they must learn to live with their newfound abilities while also coming together to save the world.
“Guiding Light” was an American soap opera that holds the title of longest-running drama in television history by the Guinness World Records.
Hayden Panettiere was one of six actresses to assume the role of Lizzie Spaulding in the soap opera. During Panettiere’s portrayal of the character, which started in 1996, Lizzie battled with Leukemia, which led to the show receiving a Special Recognition Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2000.Later that year, Panettiere left the show and the character was recast.During her years on the show, she appeared in a total of 41 episodes.
Lizzie Spaulding was the oldest child to Phillip Spaulding and Beth Raines, an incredibly wealthy family who because of their drama, caused Lizzie to have a chaotic and traumatic upbringing.
“Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy”
Released in 2011 as a true-crime Lifetime TV movie, “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy” follows American student, Amanda Knox, as she travels to Italy as a foreign exchange student. The movie begins to unfold when Knox’s British roommate, Meredith Kercher is murdered.The movie depicts the events after the murder and the trial of the suspects, including Knox.
Hayden Panettiere stars in the film as Amanda Knox. Production for the movie had many obstacles, beginning with the refusal to film in Perugia, Italy, where the murder and trial occurred in real life.
The film also contains a re-enactment of the murder, which many, including the victims’ parents found “very distressing.”It’s important to note that the events depicted in the movie are based on true life events but do not tell the whole story.
“Lies My Mother Told Me”
Originally a Canadian film, “Lies My Mother Told Me” was released in the U.S. as a Lifetime TV movie.The film is loosely based on true events, the murder of Larry McNabney by his wife, Elisa McNabney. The crime made national headlines when Elisa’s real identity came to light and her previous crime record was released.
The movie follows Laren Sims (Elisa McNabney), portrayed by Joely Richardson and her daughter Haylei Sims, portrayed Hayden Panettiere. The film starts with Laren running away with her daughter Haylei to escape her wild and crime filled past. The two end up in Las Vegas, where Laren meets wealthy lawyer, Lucas Mackenzie (Larry McNabney).
When Laren’s new husband finds out about his wife’s past, he uses this information to blackmail her into helping him commit fraudulent activity within his law firm. In order to keep herself and her daughter safe, Laren murders Lucas.Her daughter, Haylei, becomes skeptical of his death but before she can pry too much into the situation, her mother has them on the run once again.
Released in 2016, “Custody” stars Viola Davis, Hayden Panettiere, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.The film premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was aired on TV on the Lifetime channel in 2017.
Viola Davis portrays a Judge Martha Schulman, presiding over a case involving a single Latina mother desperate to keep her children in her custody. Panettiere portrays Ally Fisher, the lawyer assigned to Sara Diaz’s case.The three women face obstacles and hard decisions as the case brings out their own struggles in life.
“If You Believe”
A Lifetime original movie, “If You Believe” stars Ally Walker as Susan Stone and Hayden Panettiere in two roles, both as a Young Susan “Suzie” and as Alice Stone, Susan’s niece.In the movie, Susan is a recently divorced book publisher with a scrooge-like outlook on life. As the holidays approach, Susan meets “Suzie,” a seven year old girl who looks exactly like her niece.
Suzie tries explaining to Susan that she is in fact not her niece but a younger version of herself, a representation of her “inner child” and that only she can see or hear Suzie.With Suzie’s help, Susan finds a new perspective on life and begins to mend her relationship with her family as well as begins to pursue a romantic relationship.
“I Love You, Beth Cooper”
“I Love You, Beth Cooper” is a 2009 comedy starring Hayden Panettiere as Beth Cooper, head cheerleader at her high school and Paul Rust as Denis Cooverman, the nerdy class valedictorian who has been in love with Beth all throughout high school.
At graduation, while delivering his valedictorian speech, Denis proclaims his love for Beth in front of the entire school. After the ceremony, he invites her to a party at his house. Rather than laugh in his face, she accepts and brings along her friends.
The movie follows the events of the wild night that Denis and his friends have along with Beth and her friends while running from Beth’s Army boyfriend, who wants revenge for embarrassing both him and Beth at the graduation ceremony.
A Disney Channel original movie, “Tiger Cruise” stars a young Hayden Panettiere as Maddie Dolan, the daughter of U.S. Navy Commander Gary Dolan, portrayed by Bill Pullman.The film depicts fictitious events aboard the USS Constellation intertwined with the events of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Maddie joins her father aboard his naval ship, along with other military families aboard a ”tiger cruise,” which involves family members joining their military relatives out on the ocean. Maddie only agrees to go in hopes of convincing her father to come home and forget about his military career.
While on the ship, the crew and all those aboard are surprised to hear of the 911 attacks on The Pentagon and the World Trade Center.As the USS Constellation goes into high alert, Maddie experiences and finally understands her father’s commitment to his country and the courage of those in active duty.
“Bring It On: All or Nothing”
The second sequel in the Bring it On franchise, “Bring It On: All or Nothing” stars Hayden Panettiere and Solange Knowles-Smith.
Released in 2006, the film follows Britney Allen, portrayed by Panettiere, as she tries to acclimate to a new school. Before, she was used to being popular and respected as the head cheerleader but when her father gets laid off, she is forced to attend school in an underprivileged part of town, where she must learn to find the respect of her new squad.When a dance competition to perform in a music video for Rihanna is announced, Britney struggles to prepare to face off against her old squad in competition.