Hayden Panettiere hopes to become a respected actress.
The Heroes star says she wants to be best known for her acting ability and not her private life.
And Hayden, 19, cites 15-time Academy Award nominee Meryl Streep as her inspiration.
“I love acting,” she said. “It’s something I respect. It’s something that makes me want to be respected for what I do. I’m working toward being a respected actress. Meryl Streep is it for me.
“Just because I’m in the spotlight doesn’t mean I’m God’s gift to the world. I do have cameras in my face all of the time. Fame leaves you no room to mess up even slightly, and things get turned around on you.
“That’s why I feel you really do have to live your life conscious that people are watching. There are certain things you just can’t do.
Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, Hayden also revealed she is worried about being typecast.
“You don’t play villains unless you’re Sharon Stone when you’re blond and you look a certain way,” she said. “I think it would be exciting for me to play the bad guy in a movie. It would be a blast. I think it’s so much fun to play bad.”