Nashville isn’t just for music. Many celebrities who find themselves here for work enjoy it because it gives them a sense of normalcy… Thanks to the small town feel and lack of stalking paparazzi, Hayden Panettiere is loving making Nashville home.
“Living in Nashville gives me a sense of normalcy that I wasn’t sure I was ever going to get back in my life,” Hayden Panettiere tells Southern Living magazine. “The people here are amazing… when I first got here, all my defenses were still up, and I was waiting for that world to suddenly creep back in. When it didn’t, I realized that I can live a normal life here with people who don’t judge you based on what you do or who you are in the public eye.”
The star of ABC’s hit show Nashville is featured on the cover of the first-ever flip issue of Southern Living. It marks the first time a celebrity has appeared on the cover in the brand’s 48-year history. This debuts the brand’s first-ever, 30-page Spring Style Guide in the March issue, on newsstands February 21st.
“Even if something happens to the show, I know this is a place I want to call home,” Panettiere tells Southern Living of her decision to buy a house in Music City with fiancé heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko.
Southern Living shot Panettiere at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium where she discussed her style and beauty secrets, country music icons and what she loves about Nashville.
“You get everything walking through that door [Ryman]. When you look at the walls and the display boxes, you find that you have everything there—from the beautiful gowns country stars have worn to cowboy hats and even some rock ‘n’ roll stuff. The city, which is very influenced by music, has become very eclectic. It’s just not country anymore,” she says.
“My parents love country music, so I listened to a lot of it growing up,” Panettiere says. “Allison Krauss’ ‘The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn’ is still one of my favorite songs of all time. And Faith Hill is an icon.”
When in her new hometown of Nashville, the 24-year-old star admits she likes to shop at “Two Old Hippies…[it] is an awesome store downtown with a wide range of stuff from gadgets to fun books.”
For the full interview, go to: http://www.southernliving.com/general/hayden-panettiere-spring-style-00417000087056/
To watch behind-the-scenes footage of Hayden’s cover shoot, go to: www.southernliving.com/style