Hayden Panettiere has a great publicist, is fine with reporters, Milo Ventimiglia

This week, Heroes star Hayden Panettiere left the ivory tower as a media darling. It started out with an outing for a charity in Hawaii, in which Hayden was allegedly (or not so allegedly, since multiple sources confirm it) very unpleasant to the media on the red carpet. Apparently, the cause of some of Hayden’s angst was her fear that people would ask her awkward questions about her split with Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia.

The next scandal was a report coming out of OK! Magazine. OK! claimed that Hayden was trying to force Milo off Heroes because it was so awkward between them on set. Even though I think overall her behavior has been rather rude, I gave her the benefit of the doubt. After all, she is only 19 years old, and everyone has a bad week.

Now Hayden is trying to do some damage control. She gave an “exclusive” interview to OK!, and the quotes are actually pretty good. The girl either has a really great publicist, or she has naturally good instincts about the right thing to say:

The headlines in the past few weeks have been a bit rough toward Hayden Panettiere with one magazine accusing the Heroes star of lashing out at a reporter during an event in Hawaii and with sources telling OK! of on-set tension between her and former boyfriend Milo Ventimiglia.

However, when OK! had the chance to get Hayden’s side of both stories, we jumped at the chance.

“Milo and I are very close,” the 19-year-old beauty explains to OK!. “We have enjoyed and continue to enjoy working together.”

OK! also heard from Heroes honcho Tim Kring, who said that his stars’ relationship status has nothing to do with how he and his staff plot the NBC hit. “The final decision about which characters live and die on Heroes rests with me,” he tells OK!. “I’ve made no announcement yet as to who will return and who won’t.”

As for the alleged outburst against a tabloid reporter in Hawaii, Hayden says it’s all been blown out of proportion.

“I have tremendous respect for the media and reporters – particularly the press who treat the people they are interviewing with dignity,” she says. “I am appreciative that the press has supported me, my career, and especially the causes I feel passionately about. While in Hawaii, one reporter grabbed me suddenly from behind and frightened me. It happens. Typically, the press has treated me with great respect.”

From OK! Magazine

Alright, I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt about the Hawaiian incident. Hayden is a very small (and very young) girl, and I can totally see how being grabbed would freak out any woman, especially a petite girl who would have felt physically threatened. All in all, I think Hayden just had a bad week.

Hayden Panettierei s shown at a Super Bowl party on 1/31/09. Credit: PRphotos

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  1. Bodhi says:

    I like Hayden. She seems like a pretty grounded kid

  2. Wow says:

    Something about her seems snobby. Liked her in the begining. Now? Not so much.

  3. Feebee says:

    Nice one Bodhi…. really??

    She’s been getting increasingly “precious” ever since she came on the scene with Heroes.

    The report on Hawaii said she was tapped on the shoulder and asked for an interview. This is a little different from being grabbed in such a way as to freak her out and fear for her safety.

    Being 19 is no excuse for rudeness. Ever seen 15 year Dakota Fanning pull this crap?

  4. Julie says:

    You’re going to give her the benefit of the doubt because she’s 19?

    Don’t make excuses for people. She’s not 2. The girl is 19.

  5. m says:

    How many of you would like having your life scrutinized like that, with creepy photographers and “journalists” grabbing you when you are a bit shellshocked?

    Dakota Fanning doesn’t have this problem because she is UNDERAGE and anyone doing that would have had the Honolulu Police to deal with.

    Be real, these are real people. I like to see how you feel if every aspect of your private life, no matter how bad, is laid out for the world to see — and for every idiot with a laptop to comment on.

  6. J says:

    These quotes don’t seem especially nice to me, just your rather generic press fluff.

  7. spooge says:

    She’s just turned 42.
    What the hell happened to the hot cheerleader?

  8. IceBunny says:

    I always appreciate someone giving someone else the benefit of the doubt.. and so am I. It’s just that my doubt is that she is sincere in these comments. They have “damage control” written smugly all over them. And if you have been raised correctly, you have manners – even at age 19. She thinks she is above it all, so she deserves the fallout. Smug, self-entitled 19 year olds are not pleasant.

    Now if she had just owned up to it, apologized, and said she was having a horrible week due to her breakup, I think everyone may have cut her more slack. Instead she copped a lame innocent plea, and, sorry, I am not buying it.

  9. yadira says:

    Those low cut tops dont look flattering on her at all. She reminds me of Skipper from Barbie. She is still in the pre-pubescent stage