Five Favorite Films with Hayden Panettiere

The former Heroes star talks about her new film, Fireflies in the Garden.

If you've watched any popular television over the past five years or so, chances are you probably caught an episode or two of the sci-fi/fantasy series Heroes, and if you've seen Heroes, chances are you're already quite familiar with Hayden Panettiere, who played nigh indestructible cheerleader Claire Bennet. The truth is, Panettiere began her career as an infant, when her mother auditioned little Hayden for a number of television commercials. After a couple of stints on daytime soaps like One Life to Live and Guiding Light, Panettiere lent her voice to the role of young Dot in Pixar's A Bug's Life, thereby beginning her feature film career, and two years later, she impressed as Coach Yoast's precocious, football-loving daughter in Remember the Titans.

Since earning widespread exposure on Heroes, Panettiere has focused more on film roles, expanding her resume with teen comedies (I Love You Beth Cooper), animated films (Alpha and Omega), and even a horror flick (Scream 4). This week, she makes a return to ensemble drama with Fireflies in the Garden, starring alongside the likes of Willem Dafoe, Julia Roberts, Emily Watson, and Ryan Reynolds . RT chatted with Hayden about her new movie, as well as what it was like working with such a distinguished cast, and how thankful she is for her career. But before we get to all that, here are Hayden Panettiere's Five Favorite Films!



Life Is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni, 1997; 80% Tomatometer)

I always grew up loving Life Is Beautiful. It was one of my dad's favorite movies, and the story is just so moving. You know, the ultimate sacrifice that a parent makes for their kid is just... I mean, the fear that must have gone along with it, but that will to overcome it for the sake of your child is just gut-wrenching.

And Roberto Benigni does it with so much humor.

Oh, so much, and you feel for him. I love that combination, that tone of being in the most horrific position you could be in and ever go through, but not done in a constantly depressing way, but sort of taking life in stride and doing what needs to be done one step at a time. You know, as I said, the ultimate sacrifice for your child.




The Power of One (John G. Avildsen, 1992; 39% Tomatometer)

Another film I love is The Power of One, and that became one of my favorite films because I actually got the chance to work with Armin Mueller-Stahl, who is amazing, and I was also doing a film in South Africa at the time. I turned 14 in South Africa and had learned all about Apartheid and the country and the history of it, so watching that film in South Africa was wild, and I felt a definite connection to it. And it's one of those films that not everyone knows about; you say The Power of One and a lot of people go, "What? I've never seen that."




Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann, 2001; 78% Tomatometer)

I've always been a fan of Moulin Rouge. That's one of those films I watch over and over. You know, just the epitome of a love story, done in such a beautiful way. I love music, and just the combination of the music and how they did it; you can't beat that.




How to Train Your Dragon (Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, 2010; 98% Tomatometer)

I'm a big fan of animation. I was just talking to my manager about how amazing How to Train Your Dragon is. The animation is out of this world, and the story... And I love that animated films now have evolved so much that they're real heart-wrenching stories. It's not just for kids, but adults enjoy them now as well. It's just such a beautifully done film.




Legends of the Fall (Edward Zwick, 1994; 62% Tomatometer)

Legends of the Fall I've watched a million times. That's such a beautiful story, and such a real one and a sad one, about the unexpected things life brings, like certain relationships. And sometimes, a lot of the time, life doesn't end in happy endings. The first time I saw it, I was so young that it was just a beautiful film to me. Obviously, the role of Tristan, the role he plays, is so appealing, and that want and need to tame the wild beast, if you will.



Next, Panettiere talks about working with screen legends in Fireflies in the Garden, as well as a surprisingly camera-shy co-star in Remember the Titans.

Comments

Dave J

Dave J

"How to Train Your Dragon" is probably the only one I liked amongst the rest and not too sure about her other picks.

Oct 13 - 04:51 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Legend of the Falls was good. Moulin Rouge however was a disaster of epic proportions.

Oct 14 - 04:39 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Think Moulon was much more aimed at the ladies. I've never met a guy who liked it or a girl who didn't.

Oct 14 - 06:12 AM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

Hi, Bigbrother, I'm Brad. ;)

Oct 14 - 06:20 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

There's always one nut who has to ruin my points :)

Oct 14 - 08:51 AM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I'm with you, Big. The only guys I know who admit to seeing it do so where their souls leave their eyes - nonverbally confessing that a girl made them watch it.

Oct 14 - 10:16 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

LOL

Oct 14 - 03:07 PM

allornone

Kate Avery

I'm a girl. And I didn't like it.

Oct 15 - 07:19 AM

Treminator

Tre Tucker

I have testicles.

Oct 16 - 10:04 AM

Treminator

Tre Tucker

Oh yeah, and I also like Moulin Rouge.

Oct 16 - 10:05 AM

Aisha B.

Aisha Bango

I'm a girl and I enjoyed it but there is just something about it that I just can't seem to like and I have met a guy who likes it and trust me he is straight

Oct 16 - 09:48 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

OK, folks not trying to question anyones sexuality or insult them. Just speaking in generalities.

Oct 17 - 04:47 AM

Granted

Grant Goodman

She's got some good films here, and you won't find me insulting her because it's all so subjective about what you like and what your life has been like up to this point. I will say that I don't like Moulon but but can't really judge it fairly: I saw it with some bitch who totally did a head job (not the good kind!) on me so can't separate the two. Wish I could because it had great visuals and energy.

Oct 17 - 05:11 PM

gemini0577

Ricky Rodriguez

I'm gay... love musicals... and I hated this film! I also don't know very many guys that like it but there are a couple of my friends that do which I find mildly surprising because they all hate other musicals! haha

Oct 18 - 05:56 PM

gemini0577

Ricky Rodriguez

I'm gay... love musicals... and I hated this film! I also don't know very many guys that like it but there are a couple of my friends that do which I find mildly surprising because they all hate other musicals! haha

Oct 18 - 05:56 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

In terms of movies starring Hayden Panettiere, I really like "Shanghai Kiss." She co-stars with Ken Leung (NOT to be confused with Ken Jeong of "Hangover" fame).

Oct 13 - 04:55 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I like that she picked movies that seemed like they really would be her favorite movies, not something her publicist told her to list. I have not seen too many movies with her in them, but after browsing her filmography, it seems like her career high point was A Bug's Life and Remember the Titans, with most of the rest being average to awful.

Oct 13 - 05:10 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

I personally thought Hayden was the brightest thing about Scream 4 and I loved her in Heroes, such a shame that she has a decent sized list of shit movies like I love you, Beth Cooper

Oct 13 - 05:48 PM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

She was good in Scream 4. In fact, she was the only new character that I didn't hate.

Oct 14 - 06:20 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

She had the best scene in Scream 4. Where she named off all the remakes made since Scream 4 started Production. She literally explained why Scream 4 was horrible in that one scene. Classic.

Oct 14 - 09:08 AM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

That list she rattled off was great. Now that I think about it, 3 of the movies she rattled off were remakes of Craven's own films (Nightmare, Last House, Hills Have Eyes).

Oct 14 - 09:56 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

If she dropped the innocence shtick, she could be the new Mae West.

Oct 13 - 06:03 PM

HumDrum

Crash Fistfight

Not bad.

I want to watch "How to Train Your Dragon" with her.

Oct 13 - 06:22 PM

Reg I.

Reg Inald

youre fucking weird

Oct 13 - 11:38 PM

HumDrum

Crash Fistfight

Thank you.

Oct 14 - 11:46 AM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

How is that weird? you wouldn't want to watch a movie with her?

Oct 14 - 02:40 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

lol. I think what Reg means is its an odd admission.

Oct 16 - 03:29 PM

Jake C.

Jake Crites

Now there's an interesting list. Not sure if it's a GOOD list, but it's interesting, and honest. Can I pre-emtively make a "I'd like to Train her Dragon" joke?

Oct 13 - 06:28 PM

merrygoround

Josh Hoffman

What is her "dragon" in this scenario?

Oct 13 - 10:53 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Good question.

Oct 14 - 05:47 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Ima gonna haz ta say Da Dragon is an allusion to Da Butt.

Oct 14 - 08:55 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Well.. In that case, he's got his work cut out for him. That's quite a dragon!

Oct 14 - 03:48 PM

arendr

Arend Anton

I think the joke should be, "She could train my dragon."

I actually don't really get the Hayden Panettiere thing.

Oct 14 - 01:24 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

"How to Train your Dragon" & "Moulin Rouge" are two films I haven't seen but looking forward to. I can so see the "How To Train Your Dragon" look in her lol. "Legends of the Fall" is a great movie, not a favorite, but it's truly great.

Oct 13 - 06:53 PM

Metamorphstasis

Mark Metamorphstasis

LEGEND OF THE FALL suffers from trying to do too much. It does have long stretches of greatness in it, but overall, as a film, I don't think it is great, because it meanders too much.

Oct 15 - 10:27 AM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

Beautiful, young, and talented you go girl!

Oct 13 - 07:58 PM

BLBnow

Brad Barfoot

She was great in the "Bring it on" movie. What an ass..........

Oct 13 - 08:01 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

She is so incredibly hot. And this reminds me, I need to see How to Train Your Dragon already!!!

Oct 13 - 08:12 PM

Justin D.

Justin D.

I think she could be a decent actress (not great, but decent) but she keeps picking these shit roles. Remember the Titans is the only movie I've seen her in that I like. Still, she's hot so I won't bash on her too much. Interesting list. I've only seen the last 3 films on the list and How to Train Your Dragon is the one I like most out of those.

Oct 13 - 08:25 PM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

I (I not you) don't (don't not do) agree (agree not disagree).

Oct 14 - 09:21 AM

Justin D.

Justin D.

I'm sure what you were trying to say was that you don't agree, but your attempt at being clever - and that's me giving you the benefit of the doubt - left the message just a bit confusing. Do you disagree that she could be a decent actress, or that she's hot? If the answer is "yes" to either of those then I suppose my response is, "different strokes for different folks."

Oct 14 - 05:24 PM

Dominic S.

Dominic Simard-Jean

Truly horrible list that shows no love for films as an art...

Oct 13 - 09:00 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Wow. What a pretentious d-bag you are.

Oct 13 - 09:54 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

You like Oasis. That explains a lot.

Oct 13 - 10:06 PM

Julian N.

Julian Nunez

How to train your dragon was pretty good, the rest eh. She was great in Scream 4, i think she a pretty good actress,and i'd like to see her in more projects.

Oct 13 - 09:51 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Wow. What a pretentious d-bag you are.

Oct 13 - 09:54 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

You like Oasis. That explains a lot.

Oct 13 - 10:06 PM

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