It’s hard to tell which magazine loves Heroes star Hayden Panettiere more: Entertainment Weekly or TV Guide. EW featured the Palisades native on the cover of its annual Hot List issue this summer, while TV Guide has put her on its cover this year so many times, you’d think she reinvented television. But then, who can blame them? In an age of Lindsay, Paris, and Britney, there is something endearing about a pretty young starlet who doesn’t seem like a total screw-up.
And in this week’s TV Guide the anti-Hilton has (it’s hard to admit) a genuinely charming exchange with her 12-year-old brother Jansen (who is starring in a new Nickelodeon movie, The Last Day of Summer).
<blockquote><div>Hayden: Why are you so handsome?
Jansen: ‘Cause I got good genes from my mom.
Hayden: You are hurting Dad’s feelings…
Jansen: Why are you so gorgeous?
Hayden: Because I am related to you.</div></blockquote>
Okay, it’s tempting to make fun of that…but, hey, for 12- and 17-year-old siblings to get along so well, it’s pretty impressive (I credit Rockland).
The siblings continue their exchange:
<blockquote><div>Jansen: My character does not have the electricity that I have. During the film his confidence gets a total boot.
Hayden: Boot! You mean boost.
Jansen: Oh my God. I can’t work with her. [To his mother] Mom, Hayden is picking on me.
Hayden: I am just correcting his grammar.</div></blockquote>
And after Hayden tells the magazine she can still beat her younger brother in a fight:
<blockquote><div>Jansen: When I turn 14, dude, I’ll beat the shiitake mushrooms out of you.
Hayden: Bring it on.</div></blockquote>
Can you say shiitake mushrooms in TV Guide????