it was not until the year of 2006 that Panettiere saw a big breakthrough in her acting career with her joining the cast of NBC's science fiction drama TV series "Heroes." Starring in as Claire Bennet, a high school cheerleader who has a spontaneous regenerative ability, she admitted that options are sometimes limited because "people look at [her] as either the 'popular cheerleader' type or just 'the blonde.'"
Having a full plate on her agenda, however, doesn't prevent Panettiere from embarking romance. Previously dated actor Stephen Colletti for more than one year before then split in September 2007, she was then romantically linked to "Heroes" co-star Milo Ventimiglia.
She recorded a song called "My Hero Is You" with a video for the Disney Channel movie she starred in, Tiger Cruise. She recorded a song titled "I Fly" for the Disney movie Ice Princess in which she co-starred. She recorded a song for the compilation Girlnext and another song for Girlnext 2. She also recorded a cover for DisneyMania 5. She recorded a song titled "Try" for the 2007 Bridge to Terabithia soundtrack and a ballad called "I Still Believe" for Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.
Turned handbags designer, designing a handbag for U.S. fashion company Dooney & Bourke
- Loves singing, dancing, horseback riding, gymnastics, taking piano lessons, and swimming.
- Her childhood nickname is 'Mushroom'.
- Has two dogs, named Madison and Penny Lane
- Likes to get nail art and manicures
- Learned to ride zebras for the partly animated movie "Racing Stripes" (2005) in South Africa
- Takes karate and boxing lesson
- Had been Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher in the show's 8th season premiere
- Her surname 'Panettiere' is pronounced 'Pan-Uh-Tee-Air-Ee' which means "Baker" in Italian.
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