Talks Motherhood And Music


The talented Hayden Panettiere, star of Nashville, opens up to Glamour Magazine in their May issue, out April 9th. The actress and singer shares her thoughts on relationships, motherhood and marriage.

On if she wants to get married young:

“I don’t really have a plan. 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.”

On feeling she could be dating the father of her children right now: 

“It wouldn’t shock me!”

On coming up in the business with a lot of other young stars:

“I came up in the Messy Generation. The generation of the disaster child.”

On staying grounded despite coming up in what she calls “the Messy Generation” in Hollywood: 

“It’s not that I didn’t go to clubs, have my picture taken. I was 16 years old. I was experimenting just like any kid. But I had friends and family around me to yank me back when I was heading in the wrong direction. Every turn that I made, somebody was waiting for me to fall on my face and catch it on film. The thing that really saved me was that I still had that healthy fear of my parents—I still had a midnight curfew at 18!”

On how she feels about young girls looking up to her: 

“I never put my name in the ballot box and said, ‘Hey, I want you to vote me as your teen leader and icon and your Miss Perfect.’ I will never say that I’m perfect; I will never pretend to be perfect. That’s just unrealistic. You’re kind of unexpectedly put in this position of becoming a role model; that’s not something you choose.”

On how she, a girl from New York transplanted to Nashville, met her boyfriend, Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko: 

[Laughs.] “Life is like a lunchroom at school. In this industry you’ve got little individual tables of actors, singers, rap stars, this, that, the other. But it’s a big industry that also encompasses anyone in the public eye. An acquaintance of ours did a coffee-table book, and the proceeds went to genocide prevention. We met at the party for the launch of the book; we’ve been friends for five years—we’ve never not been close.”

On how her parents have affected her relationships:

“They split up when I was 18. There was this whole thing, and my dad went to jail. [In 2008 her father was arrested for allegedly striking her mother in the face.] When it happened, I knew my denying it or saying it was false wasn’t going to do anything. People would just say, ‘Oh, she’s in denial.’ My parents are really good people—they just are not meant to be together.”


Photos by Peggy Sirota

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