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Hayden Panettiere feels the pressure to have a ‘healthy, normal’ body

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Since her 2006 breakout role as the teen cheerleader on NBC’s “Heroes,” Hayden Panettiere, 24,  has been widely praised for her fit figure and curves. But in Hollywood, it seems even the quest to portray a “healthy” physique doesn’t come without stress.

“There is a lot of pressure that comes with it, but there’s also the pressure to be a good role model for women and have a normal, healthy body,” Panettiere told FOX411 while promoting her involvement in the Celebrity Denim Auction for Blue Jean Go Green. “But I love being my height and size, and representing a normal girl and a different body type.”

Now, the actress is getting the chance to really exercise her musical chops alongside Connie Britten in the hit ABC series “Nashville.” She said being a country music singer was one of her asipirations long before she hit Hollywood.

“I have always been a fan of country music, in fact I would have loved to do country music and sing country music earlier, but I was afraid being from New York that people wouldn’t be able to make that connection and think I was trying to be somebody that I wasn’t,” Panettiere continued. “But I have also taken a lot of my character from myself, my own personal life. No, I didn’t grow up in the country music industry or music industry, but I grew up a young female in the spotlight with a lot of the same stresses. A lot of the same pressures and dramas, and I definitely pulled a lot from my own life experience.”

The star is also lending her voice – and her jeans – to the environment initiative The Blue Jeans Go Green, a unique auction designed to raise awareness about textile recycling. The auction has up for grabs 13 pairs of denim jeans, each autographed by its celebrity owner, including Britney Spears, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima and Ryan Phillippe. Like traditional auctions, the highest bidder wins the item, but the bids are in denim, not dollars.

“You can donate the jeans you don’t want anymore and they turn them into insulation for your home,” Panettiere enthused. “Instead of having toxic fiberglass in your home, you have recycled denim that (would otherwise be) in a landfill overflowing somewhere.”

And whether its wide leg, skinny, boot let or flair, apparently, your house will wear them all.

Danielle Jones-Wesley contributed to this report

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