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Hayden Panettiere Defends “Rude and Disrespectful” Nashville Character

She's not really bad, she's just drawn that way!

Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton are about to take their cross between All About Eve and Country Strong to ABC for the October 10 premiere of Nashville.

Hayden plays the young, ambitious, grasping Juliette Barnes. She may seem like a bitchy "villain," but Hayden defended the character to The Canadian Press, calling Juliette "a broken little girl."

"Even though she comes off so rude and disrespectful in the beginning, you realize why she behaves that way," Hayden said. "You realize that she's from Alabama trailer park and she's got a mom who is a major drug addict."

Hayden has already dismissed rumors she's playing a nasty verison of Taylor Swift (the two are actually neighbors in real life). She's been in the music and acting biz her whole and found enough inspiration there. "I've always understood why people, in this industry, are the way they are," Hayden said. "Not everyone of course, but ... you can understand why they are sometimes vicious and impatient and not nice to people."

No one likes a not-nice person in real life, but they are pretty fun to watch on TV. Are you excited to see Connie vs. Hayden play out this Wednesday? We can't wait!

Source: The Canadian Press (via The Chronicle-Journal)

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10.7.2012 / 11:46 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
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