Hayden Panettiere Talks Being Part of “Messy Generation” of Young Celebrities
Hayden Panettiere has witnessed the rise and fall of dozens of fellow young celebrities over the course of her career, and is proud to have made it through her teen years as something other than a cautionary tale.
She tells Glamour in its May issue, “I came up in the Messy Generation. The generation of the disaster child.” But what the “Nashville” star, now 23, says set her apart from some of her peers, and kept her on the right track, was her strict and supportive family.
“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,” explains Panettiere. She continues, “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!”
Panettiere also makes clear she never set out to be anything other than an actress, despite some of the other expectations thrust onto young stars. “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,” she tells the magazine. “That’s just unrealistic. You’re kind of unexpectedly put in this position of becoming a role model; that’s not something you choose.”
As for her tattoo, prominently seen on the magazine’s cover (above right), the actress explains it’s supposed to say “Vivere senza rimpianti” — an Italian motto for how to live her life — but it was accidentally spelled as rimipianti.
Revealing the tat’s origins, she says, “When I was younger, I was upset, and my dad said he wanted to show me something. He slammed one door of the bathroom, and the closet door popped open—it was a trick with the air. He said, ‘Whenever one door closes, another one always opens.’” “So my tattoo means ‘Live without regrets.’ It’s not that you don’t regret things in life, but you at least try to learn from them,” says Panetierre. “It’s misspelled, too — so I literally have to live by that advice!”