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Hayden Panettiere offered drugs as child

2013-06-09 17:22
Hayden Panettiere
Los Angeles - Hayden Panettiere was offered drugs and alcohol as a child star.

The Nashville actress - who shot to fame in US daytime soap One Life to Live aged six - has revealed she resisted offers of illegal substances and booze as a young girl in Hollywood, and credits her family and friends for helping her avoid the same pitfalls as troubled actresses Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan.

She told TV show BBC Breakfast: "I'm no different to anyone else and those same doors were opened to me and they are very easy to walk through - drugs, alcohol, being in inappropriate places where you shouldn't be at a certain age. It's a very tough position to be in but I had great people to pull me back from it."

'Wild child'

Despite staying on the straight and narrow, the 23-year-old beauty admits it was "tough" growing up in the spotlight because she was often painted with the same brush as the "wild child" actresses, such as Lindsay Lohan.

She explained: "Being a young female growing up in this industry is tough. And I grew up in the generation of the wild child. I was guilty by association. So everyone sits there and waits for you to fall of your horse.

"But as long as you have people who are willing to tell you the truth and are not afraid to tell you the truth, and who are there to yank you back when you need it and give you a reality check, it makes a world of difference."

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