Q What can you tell me about Hayden Panettiere on Heroes? Is it her first acting role?
—Annette B., Wichita, Kan.
Not by a long shot! Panettiere, 17, who plays the genetically mutated, virtually indestructible cheerleader Claire on the hit TV series Heroes, made her debut in a Playskool commercial when she was 11 months old. She went on to recurring roles in The Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Malcolm in the Middle, Ally McBeal and Commander in Chief; the movies Ice Princess, Joe Somebody and Remember the Titans; and dozens of commercials, including TV spots for MacDonald's, Wendy's, Aunt Jemima syrup, Band-Aid, Hershey's candy, shampoo for head lice, and acne scrub.