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Hayden Panettiere Interview: From Guiding Light to Nashville!

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Beginning next week on Wednesday night, October 10th at 9PMEST/PST, Hayden Panettiere will debut in her new television role of up and coming country recording artist, Juliette Barnes, in the new ABC primetime musical dramatic series and soap… Nashville!

And while Hayden will go toe-to-toe with her co-star Connie Britton (who plays Rayna Barnes) for who is the queen of the country music scene in the new series, Panettiere will also be in story with General Hospital soap favorite and Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson who plays singer/songwriter, Avery Barkley.

But before her success on NBC’s Heroes, and now being cast in Nashville, soap fans remember Hayden for her amazing performances at such a young age as little Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light! 

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Hayden to talk about her daytime start in Springfield and what it meant to her, and what viewers can expect when the highly-touted Nashville begins.  From what we can tell, Hayden is not playing the good girl, in fact, she’s gone bad!

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Hayden you have done daytime and nighttime roles with such fervor! I remember when I was putting together the Guiding Light Tribute for the Daytime Emmys. I used your clip when little Lizzie was battling leukemia.  There was this heartbreaking scene where she is sitting by her bedside praying! So well-done and at such a young age!

HAYDEN: Oh wow! I had leukemia, I was thrown down a well, I was kidnapped, you name it, I had it.

Of all of the television shows you have appeared on, do you have a favorite role?

HAYDEN:  It’s like comparing apples and oranges to me. All of them were amazing for the period of time I was on them in my life.  In regards to Guiding Light, it’s such a pivotal time from 4 to 12-years-old and that is the time that you remember throughout you life, especially something that is so every day, and so constant, and a character that you lived.  It was such a gift to work with Grant Aleksander (Ex-Phillip), Ron Raines (Ex-Alan) and Beth Chamberlin (Ex-Beth), and I loved them.  If I saw them, I would run up to them like I was their child.

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Speaking of Guiding Light, did anyone give you acting tips?  I would say that of all the young child actresses ever to appear on soaps, you were one of the most gifted and natural.  And usually when child actors come on to daytime TV, many times we sit at home and yell at the T.V, “These kids are so phony!”  But not you, Hayden!

HAYDEN:  (Laughs) Thank you, I appreciate it.  My mom was a great coach. I had the privilege of working with amazing people, and I was so emotionally connected to all of them that it hit home for me.  I remember doing a scene where Beth Chamberlin, when Beth had been hit by a car, and I was in the hospital.   I remember being so not in the moment and not in it, and right before they yelled, “action,” I was like, “Oh man. I have to cry now.”  But as soon as I saw her being wheeled in hurt and with scrapes all over her body, it immediately kicked in and hit home.  I started bawling my eyes out immediately. These were people I loved.  I was their kid for all intent and purposes.  I grew up with them.

Now it’s 2012 and you play a tough bitch on Nashville!  Do you like playing the bitch? 

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HAYDEN:   I do like playing the bitch, because it’s something I like to sink my teeth into, and it’s something that I have never gotten to play before. And frankly, it’s fun to play bad.   But it’s much more fun to play bad with a purpose, and a back-story, and with a heart.  I think it’s a story that a lot of people in the viewing audience are going to be able to relate to, and it might not be specifically or exactly, but it may be the feeling.  I don’t think people are born bad, but I think they become the way they are and rough around the edges, because of things that make them hard, and what tests them in life, and what they have to overcome.  At the end of the day, Juliette has become a lost and broken girl who is running from her past, and who will not let anything get her in way.

You had to give yourself a high-five when you got this juicy and delicious role as one of the leads of Nashville, plus getting to work with such a stellar cast that includes: Connie Britton, Eric Close, and former GH star, Jonathan Jackson!

HAYDEN:  Absolutely! I had to fight for it, but it was worth it!  I can’t wait for everyone to see Nashville.

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And speaking of Jonathan Jackson, in the pilot and the promo for Nashville we see the two of you bumping into each other.  There seems to be a spark! Will Juliette and Avery perhaps hit the sheets?

HAYDEN:  If you have a broken heart, you need a rebound, or you’re sad, Juliette is somewhere around the corner!

So will you be checking out Hayden on Nashville next week?  What do you think about her remembrances of her time as Lizzie on Guiding Light?  Do you remember key scenes with Hayden and the Spaulding clan? And what would you think of a Hayden and Jonathan Jackson pairing on Nashville? Weigh-in!

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Bunny
Bunny

Their. You’re.

I remember thinking she was one of the best actors on GL even at that young age. She was amazing. Very real. STILL miss GL!

Erick
Erick

Good interview!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I remember her when I was little watching “Guiding Light”. She portrayed such a nice rendition of a childhood Lizzie Spaulding. She nailed the cancer storyline, as well!

Blake
Blake

I’ve been watching my dvds of the years she was on it recently (and still am) and she has always blown me away! When she confessed to killing Carl is amazing, also when Alan had his heart attack and she thought he was going to die. To see such a small child crying at her great, big grandfather who is very weak is amazing and beautiful to see.

i haven’t gotten to lizzie’s leukemia story yet, that’ll be another tough one!

Liz
Liz

I remember her as Sarah Roberts on OLTL. She also played Anthony Edward’s daughter on ER. Too bad the Nashville is on ABC. I am still boycotting all things rat (except for GH, of course).

Chris
Chris

Michael, how come you didn’t ask Hayden about her time playing Sarah Roberts on OLTL in this interview?

Christy
Christy

yeah! that is totally what I think of every time I see her and wasn’t see the lead on HERO too? I only saw that a few times, but she will always be little Sarah Roberts to me! in her little pinafore dresses and curly hair… so cute back then!

gloria
gloria

Don’t rem. her on OLTL at all but BOY SHE ROCKED on GL. Makes me miss GL, gosh I miss all of our shows that are gone. I watched them all one way or another!
Can’t wait to see her on Nashville. Even though I am boycotting ABC unless it is a “soap”

janet
janet

I am waiting for Nashville. JJ and Hayden both soap alum’s,and not afraid to admit it..The soap fans will b e there for you.
we watched them as youngsters both very talented,and even tho its ABC ,I will watch.
Hayden as Lizzy was amazing,and I did watch heroes..
I don’t really want to support ABC,but I will watch a show where the characters are familiar to me, ABC keeps pushing the commercials for the show during GH.
GL was the first soap I ever watched,so I do miss it more when I see this.

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Reports surfaced on Friday that legendary soap opera executive producer, John Conboy had passed away.

Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R) posted the news of Conboy’s death on her facebook page along with these sentiments: “It is with a heavy heart and a grateful smile that I called him my friend,, “BIG” JOHN CONBOY, the ORIGINAL Producer on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, left us today The Big Guy, with the BIG LAUGH, Man about Town, and One HELLUVA PRODUCER… Whether you loved him, or not ..YOU have to agree He was ONE OF A KIND! God Bless you, John. Give Jeanne a Hug from all of us.”

CBS Daytime also tweeted: “We join Judith and the CBS Daytime community in mourning the loss of John Conboy. John was a longtime Executive Producer on #YR, created Capitol and later was EP of Guiding Light. He will remain in our hearts forever.”

Conboy was the original executive producer of The Young and the Restless and remained with the show from its inception in 1973 through to 1982.  Prior to that, he served as the EP on CBS’ Love is a Many Splendored Thing from 1970-1973.  After Y&R, John next launched CBS’ new soap Capitol and stayed as the EP up through its cancellation in 1987.

John made a comeback in 1991 with the one and only Santa Barbara, where he served as the top executive of the series for a time, with the last soap he helmed being Guiding Light from 2002-2004.

Throughout his daytime career, Conboy picked up four Daytime Emmys – three for the soaps, and one for an afternoon special. (more…)

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Crystal Hunt, Donna Mills, Antonio Sabato Jr & Michael Swan Star In New Faith-Based Soap Opera, HILTON HEAD ISLAND!

Some longtime soap opera notables are featured in a new 22 episode faith-based soap entitle, Hilton Head Island.

The series debuts this Friday, November 10th with the first eight installments, and is from the Christian entertainment company, PureFlix.com.

The soap opera is available by subscription, but the service offers a one-month free trial.  In story, Hilton Head Island, revolves around the lives of the fictional Trisk family, who own the a television network.

Hilton Head Island features: Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Jagger, General Hospital), Donna Mills (ex-Abby, Knots Landing), Michael Swan (ex-Duncan, As the World Turns), and Crystal Hunt (ex-Lizzie, GL). PureFlix.com specializes in “family-oriented” content and shows. The plan is for Hilton Head Island to be rolled out in two subsequent seven-episode blocks in the coming weeks.

Watch the first official trailer for the soap after the jump.  Then let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! (more…)

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OLTL Alum Tuc Watkins Joins GL Alum Matt Bomer And An All-Star Cast In Broadway Revival Of Boys In The Band!

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In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking play, Boys in the Band, a limited engagement of the theatrical production is scheduled next year from April 30–August 12, 2018 a the Booth Theatre on Broadway.

The cast will feature none other than former One Life to Live star, Tuc Watkins (Ex-David) and former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (Ex-Ben) along with Andrew Rannells, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and more.  The play will be directed this time out by two-time Tony winner, Joe Mantello.

The Boys in the Band centers around a group of gay men who gather in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party. As the evening continues, the cracks beneath their friendships begin to show, exposing the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. (more…)

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