Hayden Panettiere might play a young country sensation on ABC’s highly anticipated drama Nashville, but don’t bother drawing comparisons to Taylor Swift.
“I’ve heard the Taylor Swift thing quite a bit and I think besides being around the same age and blond – not even the height – they are different,” the former Heroes star said today at the show’s panel during the Television Critics Association Press Tour. “I when think you guys see her and get to know Juliette a little better, you’ll see. But I really think Taylor would disagree wholeheartedly as well. She’s much nicer than my character.”
On the show, premiering Oct. 10, Panettiere’s Juliette Barnes plays the thorn in veteran country singer Rayna James’ (Connie Britton) 5-inch stiletto. From her skimpy dress to her manufactured pop-country sound, the teen diva represents everything Britton’s character hates. But Britton sees their battle as more than a “cat fight.” “I think that we have a real opportunity to show the complexities of these two people in show business and particularly women. I, for one, feel a really strong responsibility to do that in a way that’s true and dignified.”
Speaking of dignity, Panettiere had this to say about her character’s relationship with Jonathan Jackson’s Avery Barkley: “If you have a broken heart, you’re sad and you need a rebound, Juliette is prowling somewhere around the corner.”