Hayden Panettiere is back on with — and reportedly engaged to — her 37-year-old heavyweight boxing boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko, and now she feels her maternal instinct kicking in. In a new interview with Glamour, Panettiere opens up about her dreams of motherhood.
“I don’t really have a plan. I’ve lived a very big life, and I don’t feel my age, and I feel like I was born to be a mother,” she says. “Motherhood is the most beautiful, exciting thing, and there’s nothing that I feel like I can’t accomplish while having children in my life. I would sacrifice having more years of being wherever I want whenever I want for years with my kids.”
“I came up in the Messy Generation. The generation of the disaster child,” Panettiere admits. “It’s not that I didn’t go to clubs, have my picture taken. I was 16 years old. I was experimenting just like any kid. But I had friends and family around me to yank me back when I was heading in the wrong direction.”
She adds, “The thing that really saved me was that I still had that healthy fear of my parents — I still had a midnight curfew at 18!”
As for being a role model for other girls, Panettiere says, “I will never say that I’m perfect; I will never pretend to be perfect. That’s just unrealistic. You’re kind of unexpectedly put in this position of becoming a role model; that’s not something you choose.” Still, her beach-ready body is something everyone can want to strive for.