Hayden Leslie Panettiere is an American actress, model, singer, voice actress, and activist. She is known for her roles as cheerleader Claire Bennet on the NBC series Heroes (2006–10) and as Juliette Barnes in the ABC musical drama series Nashville (since 2012).
Panettiere has been in the entertainment business since she was less than a year old. You'd think landing plum roles in shows like One Life to Live and Ally McBeal would make a kid super popular, but such wasn't the case at the NY public school Panettiere once attended.
Hayden revealed that she was once bullied: "I was tortured, emotionally tortured by these girls. Every time I came back from filming, it would be me trying to find my way back into the clique. And they weren't having it."
I was bullied. I think middle school was probably the worst for me,” says Panettiere. “Girls in middle school are brutal, and I’ve seen it with my own eyes.”
The young actress says that realizing the bullying wasn’t her fault is what helped her deal with it. “I had to learn. I had to pick myself up and process it in my head and realize that it was not about me. It was about them and their fault, and there was nothing wrong with me, there was something, you know, wrong with them.”
Panettiere is also calling for parents and schools to help find a solution to bullying. The actress says, “I think schools need to crack down on it, and I think parents need to be more aware of what their children are doing and the kind of people their children are hanging around, and it’s definitely something we need to fix.”
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Posted By: Auzzie |
4/07/14 3:18 PM
Such a beautiful girl and her boxer husband can protect her now :)