She may be a badass, indestructible super-cheerleader, but it’s clear that “Heroes” star does have one form of kryptonite: the dolphins and whales of Japan. Nothing else, it seems, can bring her to tears quite so fast. First she cried months ago, while partaking in an attempt to stop Japanese fisherman from slaughtering the innocents; then, this last Saturday, she cried again when she was honored at the Humane Society’s Genesis Awards, as a celebrity who brings attention to animal causes.
Panettiere, who grew up in Palisades, receieved the Gretchen Wyler Award, and she attended the event with her parents and boyfriend, “Heroes” castmate Milo Ventimiglia. Among the things she said to the audience of animal lovers, amidst the tears:
“As an actress, you always dream of getting awards like the Golden Globe award, but I never expected to get an award that is this special and important to me as this. There are people who dedicate their entire lives to preserving the environment and defending animals, they are so much more deserving of something like this.”
According to People, after breaking down at the podium, she made a beeline to the bathroom to regain her composure, and then was escorted back to her seat by Ventimiglia.
(AP Photos/Susan Walsh)