'Halo': A Heroic Pairing
Although she plays his niece onscreen, Panettiere, 18, is spotted holding hands with costar Milo Ventimiglia, 30, at an L.A. mall. The PDA confirmation of their relationship comes after months of denials from both stars. "Hayden's mom adores Milo. She thinks he's so cute," a family friend told PEOPLE in December. "She tells her friends that he's her boyfriend. She's very proud." In February 2009, the couple calls it quits.
Hayden Covers Cosmo
"I think that people look at me as just another one of those girls who's going to screw up, like 'She's going to get into drugs, and she's going to get into the parties,'" Panettiere tells Cosmopolitan. "I have the occasional glass of champagne when I'm celebrating something, but generally, I don't drink. I'm a pizza-and-a-movie girl." Although she keeps mum on her relationship with Ventimiglia, she does discuss what she needs in a man: "I need somebody who is very secure."
Hayden's Family Dispute
Panettiere's father, Alan, is arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly striking her mother, Lesley Vogel. He is released on bail and reunites with his wife that same day. "It was blown way out of proportion by a sheriff who wanted his 15 minutes of fame," Panettiere tells Extra, adding, "My family is wonderful – they are so very happy. So...we're all great."
I Love You, Beth Cooper
Panettiere's first flick as a leading lady, I Love You, Beth Cooper, bombs at the box office, earning only $4.9 million in its opening weekend. Playing the film's resident hottie, Panettiere has to drop her towel for a revealing locker room scene, but the unfazed star told reporters, "If I can't flaunt it at 20, come on! I mean I might as well show it now."
Oh, the Horror!
Joining franchise stars Courteney Cox, Neve Campbell and David Arquette, Panettiere stars as film geek Kirby in Scream 4. "I was a huge fan of the franchise," the actress gushes of starring in the fourth installment, which opens at No. 2. "Shouldn't I just be watching this movie? I could never imagine myself on screen with Neve Campbell."
Panettiere returns to TV with the role of upstart country singer Juliette Barnes on ABC's Nashville, in which she also lends her vocal skills to the character. "[She's] very edgy," she says of Barnes, who faces off on the show against veteran songstress Connie Britton. "She comes off very diva-ish and bratty and snotty sometimes." The part earns Panettiere a Golden Globe nomination in 2013.
Two years after breaking up, Panettiere and Klitschko rekindle their romance, prompting engagement rumors in May, but the actress remains tight-lipped on her personal life. In October, Panettiere confirms she is set to wed during an appearance on LIVE with Kelly and Michael, saying, "I think it speaks for itself," of her engagement ring.
There's a baby on the way for the Nashville star and fiancé Klitschko, PEOPLE confirms. Although Panettiere has not addressed the pregnancy, she spoke to Glamour in 2013 about starting a family. "I feel like I was born to be a mother," she says. "I would sacrifice having more years of being wherever I want whenever I want for years with my kids."
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- Hayden Panettiere
- Date of Birth
- August 21, 1989
- Birth Place
- Palisades, N.Y.
Wladimir Klitschko, fiancé (2010 to present; off and on)
Scotty McKnight (ex-boyfriend, 2011 to 2012)
Milo Ventimiglia, ex-boyfriend (2007 to 2009)
Stephen Colletti, ex-boyfriend (2006 to 2007)
- Kaya Evdokia Klitschko, daughter (12/9/2014)