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10+ Facts About Hayden Panettiere Fans Didn't Know

Nashville, Heroes, and I Love You, Beth Cooper star Hayden Panettiere is quite possibly one of the most lowkey celebrities that I know of.

She didn't have Instagram for the longest time, and hardly ever uses Twitter. Her whole vibe is mysterious AF.

With that in mind, here are a few fun facts about Hayden that you probably didn't know!

1. Her acting career began when she was 11 months old.

Typically, child actors don't launch their careers until they're, at the very least, old enough to form sentences? Read lines?

But that was not the case for Hayden! She started when she was under a year old, starring in a Playskool train commercial.

2. She moved to Nashville when she started filming the show.

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Many actors will simply visit filming sites for the length of filming.

But Hayden, on the other hand, took things to the next level and decided to move there instead!

3. She was home-schooled.

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Hayden attended elementary school in New York, but from grade nine onward, she opted to be home-schooled.

It was obviously not a bad choice considering her acting career was soon to take off anyhow!

3. She suffered from body dysmorphia after a magazine said she had cellulite on her legs when she was only 16 years old.

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"I was mortified. It gave me such body dysmorphia for so long, but I remember reminding myself that beauty is an opinion, not a fact, and it has always made me feel better," she told Women's Health.

"Eating healthy is a constant battle," she went on.

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"I find when I'm overly concerned about what I eat, I stress out my body and put on weight. People can tell when you're happy with being you and when you're not. It's only cheesy because it's true."

4. She suffered from postpartum depression.

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After giving birth to her first child, Kaya Evdokia Klitschko, with her then-fiancé Wladimir Klitschko in 2014, Hayden voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility due to depression.

"Women are so resilient and that's the incredible thing about them," she later said in an interview regarding the postpartum depression she had experienced.

"And I think I'm all the stronger for it. I think I'm a better mom for it because you never take that connection for granted.”

“I think it helped me identify what was going on," she went on.

"And to let women know that it's okay to ask for help and have a moment of weakness and it doesn't make you a bad person or a bad mother. That's a great message."

5. She and her former fiancé, Wladimir Klitschko, are still good friends.

The pair ended their engagement amicably and worked out the best possible system for their daughter to be raised.

Even though they are not together anymore, they are still friends, co-parenting to the best of their abilities.

6. Her mom was also an actress.

The apple never falls far from the tree!

While her father is a fire captain, Hayden's mom, Lesley Vogel, was a successful soap opera actress! She starred in the show, Loving, for over 10 years.

7. She got a pixie cut on a whim.

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Last year Hayden swapped out her long locks for a pixie cut and it was entirely unplanned.

"Hayden was looking for a radical change, so last night we just went for it!" her stylist said at the time.

8. She was a voice actor in a video game.

I bet you didn't know that, did you?

While we're used to seeing Hayden take on more serious, dramatic television and movie roles, she recently revealed that she was the voice of Kairi in Kingdom Hearts III.

9. Her daughter lives in the Ukraine.

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Kaya's father, Wladimir, who is a professional heavyweight boxer, lives in the Ukraine. And since he has full custody of Kaya, naturally she lives there rather than in the US with Hayden.

10. She gave up custody of her daughter.

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After having her daughter and going through postpartum depression, Hayden felt that she was not in the right mental state to raise a child.

While she still sees her daughter regularly, Kaya's father has full custody.

11. She doesn't mind sexual jokes in her movies.

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"I’m not uncomfortable with sexual innuendo. It’s funny. I have that sense of humour. I’m very dry and sarcastic, so I don’t find it too hard to swallow sexual innuendos and jokes," she said to

12. When she was younger, she once had to run away from the cops.

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"We were grouping in a place where we weren’t supposed to be. We’d chosen this party spot because no parents were going out of town that weekend. Some of the older kids thought it would be funny to light firecrackers just as the cops drove by, so we got chased."

"I don’t really know why I was running, but it was funny. I got a kick out of it."

"Unfortunately, three of my friends got grabbed. Oops. Big doo-doo! You’re in trouble. It was nothing that bad, though," she said.

13. She considers herself a tomboy.

Despite the fact that she is often playing the cheerleader, she actually considers herself to be quite the tomboy!

If you follow her on Instagram, you would find this easy to believe.

14. She has one very important beauty secret.

She believes in going all-natural and making sure not to wear makeup all the time.

It's important to leave your skin alone every so often, and Panettiere knows that and embraces it.

15. She loves playing a southern character.

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"My mom is from Kentucky and my grandmother is from Corpus Christi, so I had a better understanding of the South than the average person moving from New York," she told Southern Living.

"At my core, this is the kind of person I am and want to be. I like being in a place where people appreciate the little things and don't need a lot of stuff to be happy."

"You can put a group of Southerners in any scenario and they'll have a good time."

16. In fact, she also told *Southern Living* that moving to Nashville to act in the south was one of her best decisions.

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"The people here are amazing. Living in Nashville gives me a sense of normalcy that I wasn't sure I was ever going to get back in my life," she said.

"When I first got here, all my defenses were still up, and I was waiting for that world to suddenly creep back in."


"When it didn't, I realized that I can live a normal life here with people who don't judge you based on what you do or who you are in the public eye."

17. She is very passionate about the environment, and even made a documentary about it.

"I got involved with the whale and dolphin causes because I grew up a big fan of animals. It’s the way I was raised. I love animals. If I could work with animals for the rest of my life, I’d be the happiest person – but this just fell into my lap."

"I was shown footage and educated about whales, so when I was asked if I wanted to help out, I said, 'Absolutely… Tell me where to sign and tell me what I can do to help.' I believe in seeing things through to the end, which is what I’m trying to do."


"I don’t want to spread myself too thin, but this is a big, big problem. I said I’d be by their side to the very, very end."

18. She explained to *The Huffington Post* why she loves playing a powerful woman.

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“She crashes and burns hard and then she rises from the ashes, and she is so resilient and that’s one of the things I love the most about her. She always chooses to take the lesson and become stronger because of it.”

19. She believes she turned out okay, even though she was a child star, because she had the right kinds of people around her.


She also believes that because she's so passionate about her career, it allowed her to stay on the right path.

20. She also remembers being super confident as a child actor.

“I don’t know where that went…I’m saying you could be in your birthday suit and you could be the most confident person in the room at 7 years old,” she told The Late Show.

21. She loves being a mom.


"I’ve lived a very big life, and I don’t feel my age, and I feel like I was born to be a mother. Sometimes people speak about [having kids] like, ‘Your life ends—you’re never going to be able to do anything again!’ And I’m like, 'What are you talking about?'"

"Motherhood is the most beautiful, exciting thing, and there’s nothing that I feel like I can’t accomplish while having children in my life."


"I would sacrifice having more years of being wherever I want whenever I want for years with my kids,” she told Glamour.

What is your favorite fun, little-known fact about *Heroes, I Love You, Beth Cooper* and "Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere?

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