Oh, to be young, rich, and synonymous with the most memorable TV catch-phrase of the year. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Save the cheerleader, save the worldÃ¢â‚¬? didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t just turn Heroes into NBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only new hit show, it also made PanettiereÃ¢â‚¬â€the indestructible, cut-off-a-toe-it-grows back cheerleader characterÃ¢â‚¬â€into a household name. SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s since appeared on the covers of Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and Vanity Fair, all before turning 18. After recently moving from Palisades to L.A., she also became a spokesperson for Neutrogena and the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Got Milk?Ã¢â‚¬? campaign. Of course, with that kind of positive exposure also comes the other kindÃ¢â‚¬â€daily videos on TMZ.com and nonstop blog buzz about her rumored boyfriends. Only problem: This fair-skined blonde isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t your typical teen-star train wreck. She doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t drink, smoke, or have run-ins with the law. By all accounts, sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s as pure as the driven snow.
Prediction for 2008: Provided she doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get caught up in any of the usual Hollywood trappings (like, say, that other kind of snow), Panettiere has a bright year ahead, with the continued success of Heroes and a role in the upcoming Julia Roberts film Fireflies in the Garden.
Adapted from Ã¢â‚¬Å“People of the Year,Ã¢â‚¬? Rockland Magazine, December 2007
(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)