'Nashville's' Hayden Panettiere: Juliette's Mother Coming Back is her 'Worst Nightmare'
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Juliette Barnes won't be Nashville's sweetheart for much longer.
On ABC's freshman musical soap Nashville, the country princess portrayed by Hayden Panettiere reverted to some old -- and less than legal -- behavior as the young singer struggled with her drug-addicted mother's return under her roof by stealing nail polish in the clear view of a fan armed with a camera phone.
The move will land Juliette in a heap of image trouble as she will be tasked with doing damage control all while still struggling with her family's skeletons coming back to haunt her while still reeling from Deacon's (Charles Esten) rejection.
After the duo connected musically (and sexually), Deacon rejects Juliette's continued attempts to go on tour, remaining loyal to Rayna (Connie Britton) and the intimate tour they had planned. Only there's a hiccup in the plan after Rayna ponders sacrificing her career (at her father's request) to help husband Teddy's political career. Complicating matters, Teddy isn't too keen about Rayna and Deacon hitting the road for a tour with the word "intimate" attached to it as the longtime collaborators continue to have the same intense spark that made them such a great pairing in the first place.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Panettiere -- who says the cast is taking ABC's patience with the country series "one episode at a time" -- to discuss how Juliette's mother changes everything and what could eventually get the young singer to co-headline a tour with the legendary Rayna James.
The Hollywood Reporter: How will the arrival of Juliette's mother impact her?
Hayden Panettiere: Hugely. This is her absolute worst nightmare come true. One reason why she behaves the way she behaves is because she's running from such a wounding past that this life and her success is her escape. To have her past come back and literally haunt her and bring back all these memories that she has buried and transformed herself into a completely different person is all now knocking on her door. It's her worst nightmare to have to relive that and that's why she'll fight to get what she needs to stay on top. Her mom comes back and unleashes a complete storm and forces Juliette to face the skeletons in her closet. It's definitely going to be a shit-show (laughs).
We saw the beginning of that with Juliette stealing nail polish when she's clearly being watched. What's her motivation for doing so?
That reminded me of the pilot of Heroes where my character's grandmother steals a pair of socks and Milo's character asks why she did it and she says she just wanted to feel alive again. With Juliette -- you'll see her talk about this later -- about how she used to do that kind of thing when she was younger because it made her feel like she could take care of herself when nobody else would take care of her. It's a power thing, and to get that power back and be able to provide for herself. It has nothing to do with money.
Is any part of that a cry to Deacon for help?
No, she does it with no intention of anybody finding out. She got away with it when she was younger and she assumes that the same thing is going to happen and realizes that she is no longer just anybody who can walk into a grocery store. It's definitely not a cry for help for Deacon to come but it's a door that opens that allows him to be a stronger influence in her life.