Hayden Leslie Panettiere was born on 21st August 1989 in Palisades, New York. She still lives in New York with her parents, Lesley Vogel and Skip Panettiere, and younger brother Jansen Panettiere. Her mom got her started in the business by doing commercials when she was just 11 months old.
At the tender age of only 4 1/2, she was cast on the soap opera “One Life to Live”, where she remained until 1997. Since then, she has gone on to appear in many feature films and TV movies Including a recurring role in Malcolm In the Middle. But she is probably best known in the United States for her role as “Claire” on the hit TV show, “Heroes“.
As for movies, Hayden starred in Remember the Titans with Denzel Washington and Joe Somebody with Tim Allen. In Racing Stripes (2005), a partly animated film, Hayden starred in the human role; other cast members include the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Dustin Hoffman, Joshua Jackson and Mandy Moore.
She has been involved with many animated movies, beginning with A Bug’s Life as “Dot”, later to follow was Dinosaur then the video games Kingdom Hearts, and The Mark of Kri. She has returned to the role of Kairi in Kingdom Hearts a number of times, most recently in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (Where she also played Xion).
In 2010 She appeared in the fourth film in the successful horror franchise SCREAM 4 as Kirby Reed. In 2011 she returned to animation in the role of Red Riding Hood in Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.
Hayden also gained worldwide attention in her role as an activist; On October 31, 2007, Panettiere joined with The Whaleman Foundation to try to disrupt the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan. She was involved in a confrontation between Japanese fishermen and five other surfers from Australia and the United States (including former Home and Away star Isabel Lucas) of the group.
The confrontation lasted more than 10 minutes before the surfers were forced to return to the beach, after which they left the country. Parts of the confrontation can be seen on the award-winning Sundance Film Festival documentary film, The Cove. The fishermen consider the condemnation as an attack on their culture.
When Hayden isn’t working, she enjoys singing, dancing, horseback riding, gymnastics, taking piano lessons, and swimming.
Hayden looks forward to meeting all her fans at both the Sydney and Perth expos in 2012. There are signing* and photo* sessions throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) excluding breaks and there’s a general admission Q&A during each weekend.
* Autograph ($30 each) and photograph ($40 each) fees apply.
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