Hayden Panettiere Was 'Terrified' When Connie Britton Left 'Nashville'


The shock and terror surrounding the loss of Rayna Jaymes was just as real for the cast of Nashville.

Hayden Panettiere, who plays Juliette Barnes on the country music drama, tells Access Hollywood how she reacted to the loss of her sometimes enemy, sometimes ally Rayna.

Related: Watch the Latest Episode of Nashville

“I was terrified because she’s always been there from the beginning, and we’ve always been such a team and such a support for one another,” she says of Connie Britton. “I felt like, ‘Oh, my gosh! We’re all going to have to carry this show without her.’ That’s a really overwhelming idea.”

In real life, Hayden hopes her relationship with Connie continues to grow.

Related: Connie Britton On the Only Way She'd Return to Nashville

“Connie is still in Nashville. She’s in Nashville with her son. I think she’s going to be there for a little while... We do keep in touch. I hope because of this we can grow even closer,” she adds.

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