While on Guiding Light, Panettiere's character Lizzie battled leukemia.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society gave her its Special Recognition Award for drawing the attention of daytime viewers to the disease, and for improving national awareness.
In April 2011, Panettiere appeared in the Scream sequel, Scream 4, playing Kirby Reed. In April 2015, Panettiere joined the cast of Custody, alongside Viola Davis, whom she appeared with in 2006's The Architect.
A native of New York, she first appeared in a commercial at the age of 11 months, but a full-time acting career began by playing Sarah Roberts on One Life to Live (1994–1997), and Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light (1996–2000), then starring at age 10 as Sheryl Yoast in the Disney feature film Remember the Titans.Thanks to her role on Heroes, she became a regular on the science fiction convention circuit, invited to attend conventions around the world in 2007, including Gen Con, New York Comic Con, and Fan Expo Canada.Panettiere has complained that her acting options are sometimes limited because "people look at [her] as either the popular cheerleader type or just the blonde".In April 2012, she hosted an episode of the new series.In March 2012, it was announced Panettiere had been cast opposite Connie Britton on the ABC musical drama series Nashville, where she portrayed Juliette Barnes.The couple welcomed their daughter Kaya in December 2014.is an American actress, model, singer, and activist.PHOTOS: Hayden's best bikini moments Szohr isn’t the first actress Mc Knight has dated.From June 2011 to December 2012, he was linked to Hayden Panettiere, who was on a split from her now-fiance Wladimir Klitschko.In 2008, Panettiere appeared in the drama Fireflies in the Garden as a younger version of Emily Watson's character, Jane Lawrence.In September 2008, she appeared in a satirical video, a mock-PSA on titled "Hayden Panettiere PSA: Your Vote, Your Choice".