This Actress Just Returned to Social Media Debuting A Dramatic New ‘Do

Starting her career at a very young age, actress Hayden Panettiere has spent many years on the spotlight. Back in February, she decided to take a hiatus from social media, cutting off communication from her various platforms.

Panettiere recently decided to return to her followers, posting a very drastic change in hair style.

“Nashville’s” Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley | Ed Rode/WireImage

Impressive list of acting creds

According to IMDb, Panettiere started in show business before her first birthday, getting roles in television commercials. At just 4 1/2 years old, she landed a role on ABC’s soap opera One Life to Live, where she appeared on the show until 1997, followed by being cast for The Guiding Light until 2000.

The young actress soon began landing film roles. She worked with Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington in the 2000 film Remember the Titans, and Tim Allen in 2001’s Joe Somebody. The former soap star also stretched her vocal muscles, voicing characters in animated movies such as A Bug’s Life, Dinosaur, and Racing Stripes.

Panettiere’s most memorable characters are from prime time television, which include a stint as Claire Bennett on NBC’s Heroes, and most notably her portrayal of country singer Juliette Barnes on the NBC/CMT drama series Nashville. The show concluded in 2018.

Tabloid material

Panettiere has also been a headline in the tabloids over the years. Her on-again, off-again relationship with Ukrainian former professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko from 2009 to 2018 was often a topic of the media. According to E! News, the couple became engaged in 2013, with Panettiere announcing her pregnancy the following year.

“She’s an amazing person and I’m more than sure that she’s going to be an amazing mom,” Klitschko told E! News at the time. “Her wish to become a mother and have a child [was something] she’s been mentioning and telling me about a lot. You know, every dream will eventually come true and she’s going to be more than an amazing mother.” They welcomed daughter Kaya in December 2014. 

The following year, Panettiere entered a treatment center for postpartum depression, which she continued to struggle with for quite some time. The couple split for good in 2018, with Kaya residing with Klitschko in Ukraine for the majority of the time.

Panettiere’s most recent relationship has also been subjected to media scrutiny due to reports of domestic abuse. The actress began dating aspiring actor Brian Hickerson immediately after her break-up with Klitschko. People previously reported the couple was allegedly involved in a drunken altercation with his father in October 2018, which brought a visit from police, though no arrests were made. In May of this year, Hickerson was arrested on a domestic violence charge committed against Panettiere. The case was dismissed in September. The two were seen together last month, though reports maintain the couple has parted ways.

A short post

Known for her long blond locks, Panettiere decided to end her social media absence with quite a dramatic reentrance. Taking to Twitter, the actress posted a pic of herself with a new super-short haircut. “Channeling my inner #Kirby#Scream4 Thanks to my boys ⁦@anthonyleonard⁩,” she captioned the post, referencing her role in the 2011 film where she sported the same look.

Panettiere’s followers commented more on their hope to see her in Scream 5 rather than her new look. “come back to scream 5 pls,” one fan replied. Another wrote, “I’m just gonna take this as confirmation Kirby is coming back for Scream 5.” One fan welcomed her back, simply posting, “Twitter has missed you.”

While rumors continue to swirl on a Scream 5 release, fans of Panettiere are clearly thrilled to see her back on social media!