Hayden Panettiere: I Like a Driven Guy

02/28/2008 at 05:10 PM EST

Hayden Panettiere: I Like a Driven Guy
Hayden Panettiere
Mark Sullivan/WireImage
Guys hoping to steal Hayden Panettiere away from her Heroes costar Milo Ventimiglia should not lack for one attribute: ambition.

"I have to be with someone who is very driven," Panettiere, 18, tells Seventeen magazine for its April issue. "When they're not, it becomes difficult."

Whether or not that played into last fall's cooling down of her relationship with Laguna Beach hunk Stephen Colletti, she doesn't quite say.

But Panettiere does concede, "I knew I was at the point where I knew I needed to figure things out. I needed to learn more about myself because I'm a little confused at the moment. And I don't think I could ever fully give myself to somebody until I do."

The lesson she did learn, though, was that when severing a relationship, it should be done "the second [it] pops into your head," she says. "Because the longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes, for you and the other person. And in the end, it just turns into a mess."

To makes things work, she advises, "I've figured out that the healthiest relationship is where you each have your own life, but they meet at a nice point in the middle. You want to have your life and you want him to have his life. End of story."

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine


From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters