A marriage made in ‘Heroes’ heaven?

Shhh, shhh, don’t anybody tell Palisades native Hayden Panettiere, but her “Heroes” beau, Milo Ventimilgia, is reportedly out shopping for a ring. According to InTouch Weekly (not to be confused with the distinctly more highbrow and restaurant-review packed InTown Monthly), the 31-year-old actor’s “pal” said:

Milo was looking at rings in late June. He really likes Cartier and intends to spend around $200,000.

Stop the presses. Does Venti know that “Heroes” is, oh, one more bad season away from getting the ol’ heave ho?

Lest he’s enlisting the time-stopping skills of Hiro to go steal his $200k rock, I’d try and scale back a bit. Oh, and maybe also hold off on the proposal until Hayden is at least 20 years old.

(Photo: NBC Universal)

Panettiere calls Hilton a ‘genius’

Well, sort of. Actually, what Hayden Panettiere said of Paris Hilton was as follows:

tjndc5-5jd2w849ynm1e8b8i0n_layout.jpg“She’s a nice girl and a lot brighter than people give her credit (for) but no one sees her like that because she plays this character all the time. She’s actually a marketing genius.”

Can’t really argue with that. What I find much more funny about all this is that I found the quote on a blog called “We Heart Hayden,” devoted entirely to the exploits of the Palisdades native and “Heroes” star. Among the other newsflashes in the last week:

  • Panettiere is like a black widow spider when it comes to dating: “going out with me will be really bad,” she warns her mates [April 28]
  • She likes hanging out with the old kids … including reported boyfriend, Milo Ventimiglia [April 26]
  • The actress blogs on her MySpace page. And vlogs, too! [April 25]
  • Hayden was bullied in high school in Rockland (sheesh, no wonder she left) [April 23]
  • Panettiere likes orange bras. Which of course begs the question: Who doesn’t? [April 23]

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Panettiere joins ‘Kiss List’

Need more evidence that the career of “Heroes” star Hayden Panettiere has officially gone white hot? tjndc5-5jd45427pz9qrfbgi0n_layout.jpgHow about the fact that production companies are now acquiring novels and scripts with the express intent of developing them as star vehicles for the Palisades native. Specifically, I’m talking about the novel “Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List,” which, according to Variety, Fox Atomic bought for Panettiere to star in when she’s finished shooting “I Love You, Beth Cooper” and “Daydream Nation.”

(AP Photo/Chris Polk)

Hayden P. and Milo V. seen house hunting

Deny, deny, deny … and, uh, then go house hunting. Ever since “Heroes” stars Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere insisted that they were just “close friends,” nothing more nothing less, it looks like their friendship has evolved into possible co-habitation. According to InTouch Weekly (not to be confused with InTown Monthly), via AZ Central, Hayden, who grew up in Palisades, was seen looking for condo in Los Angeles — mostly in the Beverly Hills area.

Quoth the tabloid: “Panettiere’s mother is said to be fully supportive of the big move and approves of Ventimiglia.” Another source was reported as saying, “Hayden’s mom adores Milo. She thinks he’s so cute. She tells her friends that he’s her boyfriend. She’s very proud.”

The mag also reported that Ventimiglia, who is 12 years older than Panettiere, “came clean about the relationship when he toasted ‘his girlfriend Hayden’ at a Los Angeles party.”

“Panettiere, Ventimiglia to move in” [AZ Central]

(Photo: NBC Universal)

Hayden to Cosmo: Why does everyone think I’m going to screw up?

To all you faithful Suburbarazzi readers who’ve been wondering why exactly I haven’t been posting much for the last couple weeks, the reason is simple: I’ve been catching up on my back issues of Cosmo.

cosmo-0408-cover_mv.jpgIt’s been a grueling ordeal, but there was one ray of sunshine between all the diet tips and eyeliner faves: This interview with Palisades native Hayden Panettiere in the April issue. In it, she discusses:

1. How annoying it is that everybody wants her to go all Lindsay Lohan.

“I think that people look at me as just another one of those girls who’s going to screw up, like ‘She’s going to get into drugs, and she’s going to get into the parties.’ I have the occasional glass of champagne when I’m celebrating something, but generally, I don’t drink. I’m a pizza-and-a-movie girl.”

2. How she can “rock this body.”

“I don’t have a model’s body. But I’m not one of those crazy girls who thinks that they’re fat. I’m okay with what I have. I can rock this body, you know.”

3. Why she’d rather kick butt than be pampered.

“I do as many of my own stunts [on NBC’s “Heroes”] as they’ll let me do. Not a whole lot scares me.”

Perhaps most shocking of all, even though she told Cosmo she’s a vegetarian, she’s also apparently not a fan of lettuce — “What’s with all the salads?” Yes, my friends, to borrow a line from “The Usual Suspects,” she’s a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, that’s a riddle.

“The Hayden You Haven’t Met” [Cosmo]

People of the Year — 10. Hayden Panettiere

rm_people04.jpgOh, to be young, rich, and synonymous with the most memorable TV catch-phrase of the year. “Save the cheerleader, save the world� didn’t just turn Heroes into NBC’s only new hit show, it also made Panettiere—the indestructible, cut-off-a-toe-it-grows back cheerleader character—into a household name. She’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 “Got Milk?� campaign. Of course, with that kind of positive exposure also comes the other kind—daily videos on TMZ.com and nonstop blog buzz about her rumored boyfriends. Only problem: This fair-skined blonde isn’t your typical teen-star train wreck. She doesn’t drink, smoke, or have run-ins with the law. By all accounts, she’s as pure as the driven snow.

Prediction for 2008: Provided she doesn’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 “People of the Year,� Rockland Magazine, December 2007

(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)

This Week in Panettiere


At first covering Hayden Panettiere felt like a novelty. Back a year ago, when she was just one of the umpteen castmates on “Heroes” and starring alongside Anthony Lapaglia in “The Architect,” there wasn’t a great deal to write about — but just enough about the Palisades native to keep us entertained and blogging about her.

Lately, though, the Google news alerts alone are flooding me in an avalance of Hayden news and gossip. And so, rather than attempting to parse it all out, from here on forward, I’ll try to just limit the Panettiere posts to one a week — a recap of sorts. Any more than that and I’d feel dirty.

This week’s Panettiere-a-palooza is after the break.

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Milo Ventimiglia denies dating Hayden Panettiere

Ever since they were caught grinding at a post-Emmys party, “Heroes” stars Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere have been rumored to be off-screen sweethearts. Our official tally of the evidence showed that the likelihood of the rumor being true was greater than zero (+2 to be exact). But, as Ventimiglia told People mag, “She and I are close friends. It’s only natural that people are going to couple us together.” In fact, he isn’t the only denying the rumor. James Kyson Lee, aka Ando on “Heroes,” also told the magazine, “The rumor is not true. Let’s just end it there.”

Me thinks doth protest too much, but fine, we’ll drop the issue. For now.

(Photo: NBC Universal)

Hayden Panettiere weeps over dolphin slaughter

nup_103648_0067.JPGWe already knew that Palisades native was a hero to the whales, thanks to this PSA on YouTube. But now she’s taking her superhero antics to a whole new level. To help stop the annual dolphin killings in Japan, Panettiere paddled out with a team of surfer buddies to try and stop the evil Japanese fisherman.

The video of the whole affair surfaced via Britain’s Sky News, which filmed the activist group, Sea Shepherd, last Tuesday in the town of Taji (off the southwest corner of Japan). You can find the full video here. Skip to the last three minutes if you want to skip the graphic shots of dolphin blood and just see Panettiere crying — footage that, I must say, is much funnier if viewed without any context whatsoever.

UPDATE: Panettiere responding to the story on TMZ: “Wherever the problem goes, I hopefully will follow.”

Here are some photos of Panettiere and the Sea Shepherd Conservations Society as they attempt to break up the annual Japanese dolphin hunt.



(Heroes Photo: NBC; Dolphin rescuers: AP Photo/Sea Shepherd Conservation Society/Icon Images, Peter Carrette)

The great Hayden Panettiere cottage cheese debate

nup_107705_1221.jpgIf you’ve ever wondered just how shallow and despicable the TMZ “newsroom” can get, the debate over whether a photo of Hayden Panettiere is evidence of early-onset celluite should more than satisfy your curiosity. Or make you sick to yourself.

Now the real moral quandry: Does our simply linking to the story constitute an acceptance of its content? Discuss amongst yourselves.

For the record, at least we didn’t copy the real offending photo of the Palisades native’s thighs. We’re not quite that shallow.

Still, we will link to it: TMZ video debate and Panettiere photo. 

(Heroes photo: NBC/Chris Haston) 

Let the Hayden Panettiere backlash begin

panettiere-emmys.jpgYou might think that this week’s Britney Spears custody battle would be a gift to the blogarazzi, something for us to chatter about for weeks on end. And you’d be right. Sort of. But the thing is, it’s a lot less fun talking about about a celebrity meltdown when every single other media outlet is doing the same thing (that much we learned from O’Donnell-palooza 2007).

But there is one thing more frustrating: young celebrities who don’t drink, never have run-ins with the law, and who are cleaner than clean in every other respect (the polar opposite of DMX).

I’m talking about Palisades native Hayden Panettiere, who — aside from the occasional trumped-up tattoo stunt or photog freak-out — is basically a saint. Which really gets kind of annoying after a while.

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Rumor Control: Hayden-Milo a no-go

hayden-milo.JPGOK, so maybe we jumped the gun a bit on the rumor that Hayden Panetteire and her “Heroes” costar Milo Ventimiglia are now an item. At least, that’s what another costar, James Kyson Lee, told People magazine.  “The rumor is not true. Let’s just end it there.”

He continued, “I think we were just surprised because they’re 12 years apart – for people to even conceive that. I know there have been a lot of jokes, Hayden turning 18 and whatnot. At some point, you just have to let it go, and respect their privacy.”

Well, there was that. And also this YouTube video of the two grinding and making sexy like at the Emmys after-party, which pretty much speaks for it self.

(“Heroes” photo: NBC)