Hayden Panettiere Says That A Member Of Her Team Gave Her “Happy Pills” For Energy On The Red Carpet When She Was 16

September 28, 2022 / Posted by:

For much of Hayden Panettiere’s lengthy Hollywood career, the actress’ chaotic relationships and struggles with drugs and alcohol have often hijacked the conversation. But now that she’s sought treatment for her addictions and her super toxic chapter with mega-douche, Brian Hickerson, is closed (let’s hope for real this time), she’s taking time to reflect on where her addiction may have begun. People reported that Hayden sat down on this week’s episode of Red Table Talk and revealed that when she was 16, a member of her team gave her a “happy pill” to make her more energetic for interviews on the red carpet.

A promotional snippet of the show hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, her mom Adrienne Banfield Norris, and inexplicable guest host, Kelly Osbourne (who should probably be at home consoling her whining-ass mom) shows 33-year-old Hayden recounting where she believes some of her troubles began.

“Somebody who was on my team that I was working with came to me, and it was before this red carpet and I had been doing Heroes and we did press all the time and I was a little low-energy. It was, ‘Here, take one of these, it’s a happy pill, it’ll give you energy,’ so I didn’t think of it at the time as a bad thing or a drug,” she says.

The slimy team member gave her some type of stimulant they got from Mexico. Hayden says that she’d been doing lots of events and was exhausted, but she trusted the person and the pill did what it was supposed to do–make her “peppy” during interviews. Eventually, Hayden innocently asked for more pills since she wasn’t aware they weren’t a great idea, but a less shitty team member told her no.

Panettiere now believes the “happy pill” was something “similar to an Adderall,” a prescription stimulant, but said the team member involved acquired the drug from Mexico.

“I should have thought, ‘That’s so sketchy,’ but I didn’t because I trusted the person,” Panettiere admits. “It did give me that little bit of energy and I didn’t feel like, high and out of control, but I did feel happy and like I was looking forward to doing interviews, yes.”

Panettiere also notes she didn’t have any inkling the interaction was wrong until she asked for more pills “for personal use” and another of her associates intervened.

Here’s the clip:


Hayden also talks to the RTT ladies about the “most heartbreaking thing” she’s ever had to do in her life: signing away full custody of her daughter to her ex, Wladimir Klitschko.

“Because of the way that it was done, it was very upsetting,” she says. “I mean, it was the worst signing those papers.”

She continues, “I was gonna go work on myself, I was gonna get better, and when I got better then things would change and she could come to me and I could have my time with her. But that didn’t happen.”

As we know, Hayden’s been in some real unsavory situations (even pretty recently), so it’s probably a good thing that her daughter is hopefully in safer hands until Hayden is at peak wellness. It’s high time for her to cuff a nice, boring, accountant-type guy who insists on being in bed by 10 and scoffs at taking three ibuprofen instead of two when he and Hayden wake up the next day after having one too many churros at Disneyland the day before. Those sugar headaches don’t play, and they’ve got Sunday morning antiquing to do.

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