She’s blonde. She’s a country-pop crossover superstar. She writes songs about heartache. No, not Taylor Swift. We’re talking about Nashville’s Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), though we see why it may be confusing. 

“I’ve heard the Taylor Swift thing quite a bit and I think besides being around the same age and blonde — not even the height — they are different,” Hayden Panettiere told reporters at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. “She’s much nicer than my character.”

Of course, the rumors will probably persist, especially now that Juliette is going out (staying in?) with nice-guy quarterback Sean Butler (Tilky Montgomery). Taylor Swift once went on a dinner date with Tim Tebow, though we doubt the Jets QB took out any paparazzi that night, as Sean did on his date with Juliette.

OK, there are definitely similarities between them, but we have yet to see Juliette pull a patented Taylor Swift “surprise face,” so it’s safe to say that this is not art imitating life.