The former NBC fantasy-series co-star, whose self-healing character Claire inspired the “Save the Cheerleader” mantra, says she isn’t thinking about the long-rumored movie that would put definitive closure on the show.
“I have no idea of any intention” of it, Panettiere tells Zap2it. “I think if it happened, it would be a little bit down the road. It would be fun to do, but I know nothing about it.”
Indeed, the actress would enjoy revisiting that part of her past: “I grew up on that show. I spent some of my real developmental years there, and that’s my family. They were the best people to grow up around, and it was a great experience. And I loved playing Claire; she grew up with me, and I grew up with her.”
Panettiere only has to miss her “Heroes” castmates for a few more days. “I’m e-mailing with them right now,” she reports. “We’re going to have dinner Saturday (Jan. 22), so I get to see them soon.”
As for doing another series, “I would probably be a bit reluctant to do one now, but if the right one came along, I wouldn’t say ‘no,'” Panettiere reflects. “I’m enjoying doing films right now, traveling and changing characters. You can really sink your teeth into a character, then you get to leave and sink your teeth into another one.”
Panettiere appears next as the American exchange student convicted of killing her college roommate in the true Lifetime drama “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy” Monday, Feb. 21. After that, she’ll hit the big screen with a reboot of a popular franchise when “Scream 4” arrives in theaters Friday, April 15.
“It was so much fun,” Panettiere says of joining such returnees as Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette. “It was way too much fun. It was hard to consider it work. It was just just a privilege and a pleasure to be with all the … I don’t want to call them ‘old’ cast members, but the veterans of ‘Scream.’ And to have Wes Craven directing, it was like summer camp.”