Here's What Hayden Panettiere Had To Say About Her Four Years Away From Acting

    "I did have to take those four years off, and thank God I did."

    Hayden Panettiere is ready to return to acting after four years away from the spotlight.

    A closeup of Hayden

    Back in 2018, her show Nashville had wrapped up and she "didn't know what [she] wanted to do next."

    A closeup of Hayden

    At the time, Hayden decided to take a step back after struggling with opioid abuse, alcoholism, and postpartum depression — and eventually having to give up custody of her daughter.

    But now, Hayden is about to make her comeback in the sixth installment of the Scream franchise and she's so grateful for the break she had.

    A closeup of Hayden

    "I did have to take those four years off, and thank God I did," Hayden said during an appearance on Good Morning America.

    Hayden on the GMA set

    She continued, "I had to work on myself, my mental health and my physical health, spiritual health."

    A closeup of Hayden

    But when the Scream franchise popped up, she knew she wanted to be a "part of that again," hoping that her character Kirby was still alive.

    Hayden and Emma Roberts in Scream 4

    "I willed her back into existence," she said. "I called them. I actually called them when I heard they were doing Scream 5 and I was like, 'Without me? Wait, hold on, I might still be alive and I could come in handy.'"

    A closeup of Hayden

    And now a decade after Kirby's fate was left in limbo in Scream 4, she'll be back for the upcoming installment.

    A closeup of Hayden in the new Scream

    "They were like, 'Oh, that's a great idea. We didn't know [she was alive], but we're gonna put that in and we're going to do it like this,'" Hayden shared.

    A closeup of Hayden

    Scream VI hits theaters on March 10.

    You can hear all that Hayden had to say below.

    .@haydenpanettier talks new movie, #ScreamVI, and the revival of her character Kirby Reed!

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