Hayden Panettiere has admitted that she thought her career was over after Heroes was axed.
The actress starred in the NBC series from 2006-2010 and when the show was axed she thought nobody else would take a chance on her.
The Nashville star told PA: “It hit me like a tonne of bricks – there is a genuine possibility that no-one will ever take another chance on me.
“That was an important gap between Heroes and this show [Nashville], a huge transition to make gracefully. I don’t know how gracefully I did it, but somehow I did.”
Panettiere plays diva Juliette Barnes in Nashville and enjoys playing the role.
“Nashville was perfect timing with the perfect character. Juliette is so not the good girl that I played on Heroes, but she has to put on the facade as a good girl to get what she wants," she said.
“Juliette is tough, but when she cries, she means it. She’s a very damaged young woman running from a dark past. How much more perfect could I ask for?”
The 24-year-old star added: “A lot of what I’ve drawn from is my own personal experience. I grew up in the entertainment industry, in the spotlight, and have had to deal with some of the same struggles. In this business, there are so many doors wide open to walk through and it looks like the normal thing to do.
“The difference is I’ve always had people around me to yank me back before I went too far.”