Hayden Panettiere: ‘Heroes’ Kept Me Out of Trouble

Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere recently discussed her movie Fireflies in the Garden, and her long run as that famous cheerleader in the sci-fi series with Parade Magazine.  The twenty-two year old, who co-starred alongside Pretty Woman’s Julia Roberts plays the young Jane Lawrence in the Robert Frost adapted poem that zones in on the Taylor family and a tragic event that changed their world.

Happy about the films turnout, Panettiere called the Dennis Lee directed film “difficult to turn down” due in part to the “great cast.  It was my first film since I did Heroes. [It was shot] in the middle of the first and second season. It was fun for me to go from such a huge production to a small, independent, very character-driven film. It was great to be able to spread my wings a little bit.”

An avid animal rights activist, Panettiere also shared that “Heroes wasn’t just a show, it was a massive, massive production that was ten months out of the year and definitely monopolized my life. At that period of time, it was probably a godsend for me. It kept me busy, kept me out of trouble. It was steady. It was a great place for me to be at that point in my life.”  

Although the series that made the actress a household name was a huge undertaking, she is open to returning to the small screen.  “I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to doing another show. I don’t think I would do a show like Heroes though. I would like to have a bit of an easier schedule, but then again, you never say never. I’d love to see what comes along and it’s almost pilot season, so it’s time to read some scripts soon. At the same time, I’m young. I’m anxious, but I try to remind myself that there’s plenty of time and not rush it and take things in stride.”

Although the film debuted back in 2008, Fireflies in the Garden just recently premiered on October 12th in the US.

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