Panettiere was born in Palisades, New York on August 21, 1989, to parents Lesley Vogel, a former soap opera actor, and Alan Lee Panettiere, a fire captain. She grew up alongside her younger brother, Jansen Panettiere, who is also an actress. Panettiere began homeschooling after her acting career took off, after attending regular education at South Orangetown Middle School in New York.
How Did Hayden Panettiere Begin Her Career?
Panettiere's television career began when she was only a baby and began appearing in commercials. Much of her early childhood was spent acting on various daytime soap operas, including “One Life to Live” and “Guiding Light.” She received recognition for her role in the Lifetime TV movie “If You Believe,” which earned her a Young Artist Award nomination. Over the next few years, she continued appearing in popular television series like “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
In 2006, Panettiere secured one of the lead roles on the NBC series “Heroes,” which elevated her career to a new level considering the show's popularity. She became even more popular when “Heroes” ended as she began acting in the ABC musical series “Nashville,” playing the lead character Juliette Barnes. The show ran for six seasons and she earned a number of award show nominations for her portrayal of Barnes.
Panettiere's career in the film also began at a young age when she earned a voice role in the 1998 animated film, “A Bug's Life.” She had a number of roles in popular films throughout the early 2000s, such as “Remember the Titans,” “Raising Helen,” and “Bring it On All or Nothing.” In 2009, she starred in “I Love You, Beth Cooper” and starred as Amanda Knox in “Amanda Know: Murder on Trial in Italy,” based on a true story. She also had a major role in “Scream 4” in 2011 and flexed her voice acting skills again in “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil” in 2012.
What Is the Net Worth of Hayden Panettiere?
Hayden Panettiere has an estimated net worth of $15 million as of 2022 according to celebritynetworth.
In addition to acting, the former Disney Channel star has released her own songs throughout her career. Hayden was awarded a Grammy Award in 1999 for her work on A Bug's Life. Later, she recorded songs for films such as Ice Princess's “I Fly,” Bridge to Terabithia's “Try,” and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time's “I Still Believe.”
Hayden spent $2.635 million for a mid-century modern property in the Hollywood Hills in March 2008. She sold it for $3.075 million in March 2014. Hayden purchased a freshly built house in Nashville in 2012. She sold it for $1.65 million in October 2018.
Panettiere has been in a number of high-profile partnerships. From 2007 until 2009, she dated her “Heroes” co-star Milo Ventimiglia.
She met Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko, the world heavyweight boxing champion, in 2009 after both of them were included in a mutual acquaintance's book, “Room 23.” They started dating the same year, but parted in 2011, opting to remain friends. They started dating again in 2013 and announced their engagement the following year. The couple had a daughter in 2014.
Klitschko and Panettiere stayed engaged but never married. The couple divorced in 2018, yet they are still on good terms. Panettiere soon began dating actor Brian Hickerson. However, the relationship was strained after Hickerson was arrested in 2019 on domestic abuse charges and eventually freed on bond. He was arrested again in 2020, this time for domestic assault and interfering with a police officer.
After an alleged dispute between Hickerson and Panettiere, authorities in Jackson, Wyoming responded to a complaint, with Panettiere suffering from various body injuries. Following Hickerson's imprisonment, the two split up, and Panettiere has since spoken out about the violence she suffered in the relationship. She has also stepped away from the spotlight to concentrate on her personal life.
Panettiere has spent a significant amount of time advocating for the abolition of dolphin and whale hunting. In 2007, he joined The Whaleman Foundation to halt a dolphin hunt in Japan, which ended in an altercation caught in the award-winning film “The Cove.”
She has also personally phoned the Norwegian and Japanese ambassadors in the US to request that whale hunting be prohibited. Panettiere took part in an eBay auction to collect funds for the Save the Whales Again campaign, which featured a whale-watching excursion with Panettiere and seats to a fundraiser dinner.