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Hayden Panettiere Dishes About Nashville Character Juliette Barnes

November 09, 2012 04:00 PM by Donna W. Martin

Project Runway guest judge, Hayden Panettiere stars as Juliette Barnes in ABC’s new show, Nashville. Juliette is a seductive country crossover artist trying to climb her way to the top. But along the way, her image is threatened by circumstances she constantly struggles to control. And one subject is off limits – Juliette refuses to deal with her troubled past. How does Panettiere feel about her new role? Keep reading to find out what she had to say about playing Juliette.

Panettiere sat down with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Wednesday’s Access Hollywood Live to talk about her new character Juliette. “You’ve gotta have a little bit of empathy for this girl,” she said. “She’s a train wreck for sure, but you like her and you understand. And you get to see the inner-workings of the fact that she’s just this damaged little girl who’s seeking love in all the wrong places.”

One of Juliette’s biggest problems is that she “has no idea how to show affection because she never got any – she has no father,” Panettiere said.

On-screen, Panettiere’s character, Juliette doesn’t get along with Rayna James, played by Connie Britton. However, off-screen is a different story. Panettiere said Britton, “was one of the big reasons why I even wanted to do the show. I loved the script and I loved the idea of it, then as soon as I heard she was doing it, I just was jumping for joy.” Panettiere goes on to say Britton is an “unbelievable actress to work across from. She’s just one of those people where you don’t have to try – it’s just there.”

Following Nashville’s premiere, Panettiere said she was asked if Juliette Barnes was based on country music singer, Taylor Swift. And no, she isn’t. “Taylor’s my neighbor so I talked to her about it, because in all the articles, of course the title was like, ‘Hayden Says: I Am Not Taylor Swift.’”

Have you had the opportunity to watch Nashville? What did you think about ABC’s new show? And what about Panettiere’s character, Juliette Barnes? Do you love her or love to hate her? Post a comment below and let us know.

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