In a way, Hayden Panettiere's nuanced performance as up-and-coming country singer (and shamed shoplifter) Juliette Barnes is the heart of "Nashville." Juliette can be sassy, even mean, but there's a sadness to her, too -- a lost little girl looking for her mother's love. Or anyone's, really.
Yahoo! TV spoke to Panettiere last week about her season so far: the challenges of playing a character who's so often rude, the long hours the cast puts in perfecting the music, and what we might see from Juliette down the road.
"Nashville" recently scored a full-season pick-up and Big Machine Records will put out a soundtrack album for the series in time for Christmas.
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"Nashville" airs Wednesdays at 10 PM on ABC.