Hottie of the Week: Hayden Panettiere

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Happy birthday, Hayden. This is the week that the Heroes starlet turned 18. It’s also the week that the first season of her superpowered TV show comes out on DVD. On the small screen she plays Claire Bennett, an indestructible Texas cheerleader, but in real-life, the actress is very much larger-than-life. Hayden’s basically been working since she was in the womb, and she’s comfortable with fame. Comfortable enough to tell David Letterman, for instance, that, “I don’t think much changes when you’re 18 — maybe the way people treat you. But I think the only things I can do is buy cigarettes, porn and, if I get in trouble with the law, I’m kind of screwed.”

Nice to see that she’s so civic-minded. In actuality, she did spend her birthday registering to vote. For such a tiny little blonde person, she’s got oodles of charisma. (Another favorite quote: After Heroes was picked up for a full season in 2006, she bought a Porsche Cayenne SUV and told Entertainment Weekly, “I almost ran over Kanye West this morning.” Good going!) Check out our full gallery of Hayden pics here.

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