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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
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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
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Erick

Good interview!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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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
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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
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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
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Chris

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

Christy
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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
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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
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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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Soap Alums Tom Pelphrey, Justin Hartley & William Fichtner Receive 26th Annual Critics Choice Award TV Nominations

Nominations were unveiled on Monday for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards in the field of Television.

Netflix Ozark and The Crown scored the most nominations with six each.   The award winners will be revealed along with the film categories (those nominations will be released on February 7th) on March 7th in a ceremony on the CW and will be hosted by Taye Diggs.

Some very familiar faces to daytime fans are in the running in some major categories.   First, Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Jonathan, GL, Mick, ATWT) who gave one of the most talked about performances of 2020 in Ozark was nominated along with Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam, Y&R, Ex-Passions, Ex-Revenge)  for his star-turn in This Is Us, for Best Supporting Actor in a a Drama Series.

Meanwhile on the comedy side, former As the World Turns actor, William Fichtner (Ex-Josh) scored for his work in the CBS’ Mom, in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy series category.

This Is Us’, Sterling K. Brown also received a nomination in the Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Randall Pearson, and the series is also in the running for Best Drama Series.

Below are the full nominations in the running with Pelphrey, Hartley and Fichtner.  You can check out the complete nominations in all categories here.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Justin Hartley – This Is Us (NBC)
John Lithgow – Perry Mason (HBO)
Tobias Menzies – The Crown (Netflix)
Tom Pelphrey – Ozark (Netflix)
Michael K. Williams – Lovecraft Country (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

William Fichtner – Mom (CBS)
Harvey Guillén – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Alex Newell – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
Mark Proksch – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Andrew Rannells – Black Monday (Showtime) 

So will you be rooting for Tom or Justin to take hone the Critics Choice Award in the Supporting Actor Drama category? Let us know via the comment section below.

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TONIGHT: Guiding Light “Deck the Zoom” Virtual Holiday Reunion For A Good Cause

Many of your all-time favorite from the beloved Guiding Light will be part of a very special holiday get-together, albeit virtually.

The talented former cast members will be spreading some holiday cheer to help Feeding America during the struggles so many are facing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The livestream kicks-off tonight Thursday, December 17th beginning at 8PM EST/5PM PST on the Locher Room You Tube channel and will be hosted by former Guiding Light show publicist, Alan Locher.  To watch the show click here.

Participating will be: Grant Aleksander (Phillip), Laura Bell Bundy (Marah), Bryan Buffinton (Bill), Jean Carol (Nadine), Beth Chamberlin (Beth), Crystal Chappell (Olivia), Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea), Frank Dicopoulos (Frank), Beth Ehlers (Harley), Morgan Englund (Dylan), Judi Evans (Beth), Jamie Goodwin (Johnny), Melissa Hayden (Bridget), Liz Keifer (Blake), Jessica Leccia (Natalia), Joy Lenz (Michelle), Rachel Miner (Michelle), Michael O’Leary (Rick), Robert Newman (Josh), Peter Simon (Ed), Tina Sloan (Lillian), Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny), Krista Tesreau (Mindy), Jerry verDorn (Ross), Yvonna Kopacz-Wright (Mel), and Kim Zimmer (Reva).

Some late additions to tonight include more of Springfield’s Reardon clan: Ellen Dolan, Harley Jane Kozak and Michael Woods, plus Karla Mosley and Nancy St. Alban.

So will you be checking out this holiday virtual soap special tonight with the best of Springfield? Comment below.

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Tom Pelphrey and Ryan Phillippe Join Cast of ‘American Murderer’

Two standouts, who got their start in the soaps, have landed major roles in the new indie film, American Murderer.

First, Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Jonathan, Guiding Light and Ex-Mick, As the World Turns) will star in the pic as the infamous conman and fugitive Jason Derek Brown.

Pelphrey can currently be seen in the film Mank generating Oscar buzz and fresh off his star turn on Netflix’s, Ozark.   

He joins former One Life to Live alum, Ryan Phillippe (Ex-Billy Douglas) who is fresh off his shocking early season exit on ABC’s new hit drama, Big Sky.  In the new film, Phillippe plays the FBI agent tasked to hunt down Pelphrey’s Brown.

Idina Menzel and Jacki Weaver also headline the cast.

America Murderer is currently being filmed in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Matthew Gentile wrote the script and is directing.

So are you intrigued to see the film starring Tom and Ryan when it is released? Comment below.

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