Hayden Panettiere smiles

Born on August 21, 1989, Hayden Panettiere got her acting start early. According to her official bio, she started appearing in national commercials when she was 11 months old. Panettiere’s acting chops grew along with her celebrity, and she spent much of her formative years in the public eye. In 2013, Panettiere spoke with the hosts of "BBC Breakfast" about how she managed to avoid the pitfalls of child stardom. She had this to say about her young adult years in Hollywood: "As long as you have people who are willing to tell you the truth and are not afraid to tell you the truth … It makes a world of difference."

Thanks to her roles in "Bring It on: All or Nothing" and "Heroes," Panettiere quickly became typecast as an all-American cheerleader, but she endured her share of personal struggles in real life. E! News reports that in 2020, Panettiere was granted a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, Brian Hickerson. She later opened up to fans on her Instagram account about Hickerson’s abuse, stating that "I am coming forward with the truth about what happened to me with the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the help they need and deserve." After a four-year break from acting, Panettiere is mounting a return. Let’s take a look at some of Hayden Panettiere’s achievements, both on and off-screen.

A young Hayden Panettiere cries
Maddie Harrington smiles
Dot the ant looks scared
Hayden Panettiere in Remember Titans
Britney Allen Bring it on
Claire Bennet runs into fure
Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia
Kirby Reed answers the phone
Beth Cooper graduates high school
Hayden Panettiere grins
Hayden Panettiere holds a microphone