If there’s anything that shows Hayden Panettiere’s range as an actor, no matter what age she is, it’s her appearances on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” In Season 2, 10-year-old Panettiere played a young abuse victim named Ashley Austin Black in the Jan. 26, 2001 episode “Abuse” (via IMDb). Her other character — which showed up in Episode 15 of Season 6, titled “Hooked” — was a completely different story.
According to CheatSheet, Panettiere guest-starred as a teen named Angela Agnelli, who was the best friend of the episode’s main victim, Lisa Downey. Viewers eventually learn that Panettiere’s Agnelli and Downey were sleeping with a doctor, who filmed their trysts and refused to give up the tape. Agnelli winds up confronting and killing the doctor, and it’s also revealed that Downey was murdered by a person in the adult film business who knew him.
Panettiere may have taken a step back from acting in 2018, but her résumé is hard to ignore. With the actor set to return to the “Scream” franchise next year, who knows what else Hollywood has in store for her.
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