Hayden Panettiere has been a working actress since she was just 6 years old, winning our hearts with her roles in "Guiding Light" and "Remember the Titans." But while other former child stars, like Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan, have become Hollywood's most notorious bad girls, Hayden has kept her life on the straight and narrow. Now the 23-year-old is opening up about growing up in show business and shares how she avoided the same ill fate.
During an interview on BBC's "Breakfast" on Thursday morning, Hayden said, "I'm no better than anybody else, and those same doors were opened to me, and they're very easy to walk through ... drugs, alcohol, you know, being in inappropriate places that you shouldn't be at a certain age. And it's a very tough position to be in, but I had great people to pull me back from it."
Hayden added that perhaps the most difficult aspect of achieving fame at such a young age was that people were watching her, waiting for her to make a mistake. She said, "Being a young female growing up in this industry is really tough. And I grew up in the generation of the wild child ... I was guilty by association. So everyone sits there, and they wait for you to fall off your horse."
And the pint-size starlet credited her family and friends for helping her to stay on track, saying, "As long as you have people who are willing to tell you the truth and who are not afraid to tell you the truth, and who are there to yank you back when you need it and give you a reality check, it makes a world of difference."
Check out the vid to hear Hayden's take on avoiding the pitfalls of young fame.
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