Hayden Panettiere

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Hayden Panettiere is one down-to-earth star we always secretly felt like we could be best friends with, if given the opportunity.

So when we scored some one-on-one time with the Nashville actress who has been busy filming a fun video series called "Neutrogena Does Nashville" with her makeup artist, Amy Oresman, we couldn't help but pick her brain on all things fashion and beauty.

Here's what she shared with us:

Other than Nashville, what is your favorite TV show right now?
True Detective, which is amazing, I used to be, even as a kid, really into darker shows. I loved Six Feet Under, I'm really attracted to darker TV shows. American Horror Story. We don't get too much time to watch TV.

Do you have any spring must-haves? Who are your favorite designers?
I love Tom Ford. Stella McCartney and Marchesa, I love Helmut Lang for casual clothes. And Nashville is a very casual city!

OK country girl, tell us your fave brand for denim?
 J Brand fits me really well. Amazingly. They've got the stretch! There's nothing worse than waking up early in the morning and putting on jeans that feel too tight. I like to be comfortable. 

Tell us about your favorite beauty products.
I love Neutrogena's MoistureSmooth color sticks—I use them on set. Sometimes you don't want to carry a purse, so these are great for touch-ups and these will fit inside a tiny clutch, unlike anything else! They also double as cream blush...I love using it on the lip and cheeks. Base is such an important thing, so I love the Nourishing Long Wear foundation that lasts for 12 hours. It lasts all day and it allows your skin to breathe. You're reapplying it and sweating all day out here, it can really clog your pores, but not with this one. It has changed my life! I have blond eye lashes, so mascara is always a must. I was wearing so much that my lashes would just snap off, I had to wear fake eye lashes. But lately,  I've been using the moisturizing mascara, and now they've grown to the point where I don't even need fake lashes at all.

How do you stay fit?
Well, I stand on my feet for 16 hours a day! It's really about what you put in your body. Maintaining a healthy diet. Eating every two hours...throwing some fuel in the fire. Hopping on the treadmill or elliptical 3 times a week to get your cardio in, just to stay healthy is really good. I like to change it up. I like to do pilates or hot yoga in Nashville. And there are lots of YMCA's here that provide different classes.

Do you actually take classes at the YMCA?

What is a typical meal for you?
Protein. A lot of protein…but I like to make it taste good. I like to use sauces or spices. I love egg whites with spinach with feta cheese and mushrooms. And there are some snacks that I love—I have a sweet tooth, so I'll eat rice cakes with almond butter and drizzle with agave. It's a very healthy snack that satisfies. 

What is your favorite song right now: Katy Perry's "Roar." We play it all of the time in hair and makeup to energize us.

Tell us your thoughts on the Oscars.
Oh, Charlize Theron looked amazing! Her dress was outstanding. She's beautiful and can pull off anything. Lupita was so sweet and genuine. Such a wonderful job in that film, and her speech was phenomenal.

And there you have it! 

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