American actress Hayden Panettiere was born on August 21, 1989, in Palisades, New York. Hayden began her acting career at 11 months when she appeared in a commercial for Playskool, and she has appeared in over 50 commercials. She is most known for her role of Lizzie Spaulding in the soap opera "Guiding Light," and she has had major roles in the feature films "Remember the Titans," "Joe Somebody" and "Racing Stripes." When Hayden is not acting she enjoys singing, dancing, horseback riding, gymnastics and swimming. Her nickname is Mushroom. Though she was only 17, by the time Hayden Panettiere gained stardom as one of the leads on NBC's hit superhero drama Heroes, she'd already been acting for more than 16 years. After appearing in television commercials beginning at 11 months old, flaxen-haired Panettiere was cast as a regular on One Life to Live at five. She remained on the show for three years, before leaving for a stint on another soap, Guiding Light.