Hayden Panettiere has grown as an actress right in front of our eyes.
She has played the soap star, the cheerleader, and most recently, the rising country star in NBC’s Nashville. In the March issue of NYLON Magazine, the 23-year-old actress opened up to the mag about everything from her romantic relationships, to surviving in the spotlight.
Hayden sat down with NYLON’s Ashley Bake for the interview. Check out some excerpts below!
On growing up:
“Making the transition from being a child actor to an adult was tough. When I was a kid, it was just instincts, instincts, instincts. It never crossed my mind that acting wouldn’t work out. But when I’d grown up enough to start questioning myself, I started worrying and doubting.”
On one of the hardest lessons she’s had to learn:
“I’ve had to learn how to be strong and put things in perspective. I remember being 16 years old and bending over in a camera shop and a guy took a picture of me from behind and said that I had cellulite. It traumatized me. I would look things up [online] and regret it every time, so I had to learn to put things in perspective. But there’s always going to be someone who has something negative to say, and that’s okay. I try not to take it too much to heart, but it hurts. If I said it didn’t bother me, I’d be lying. But I’ve taught myself how to handle it and move forward.
On dating in Hollywood:
“It’s almost like signing a contract. There’s no such thing as a casual date in this business. But then when you go through a breakup, it’s like a divorce. You have to put it out there eventually, because if you’re ever seen with another guy, even if he’s just a friend, you’re immediately cheating.”
On learning about her Golden Globe nomination:
“I was told to be available for a call at 7:20 a.m. I was in bed, and I put my phone on my chest and I went back to sleep, because they were never going to call. Then it started vibrating, and when I picked it up, all I could hear were screams. I cried, and then I made a grilled cheese. I didn’t know what else to do.”
Look out for the March issue of Nylon Magazine on newsstands now. For more pictures from Hayden’s Cliff Watts-photographed spread, look no further than the gallery above!