Remembering Jansen Panettiere


I first met Jansen in 2007 at the premiere of Bridge to Terabithia. I had previously met his sister, Hayden, and she took me under her wing on the red carpet, vowing to protect me from bullies (like a big sister would). Jansen was just about 2 years older than me. I saw him at a bunch of events over the next couple of years, but the next time we talked was at a sweet sixteen party in 2008. I was almost 12, covering the party for KEWL Magazine. We were the youngest attendees, and next to the sophisticated older teens, Jansen seemed like a kid in a candy store! In 2009, I asked him to accompany me on the red carpet for my own movie premiere, which was an event benefiting my newly-founded charity. He had matured a great deal in just over a year, and I was very grateful to have him there to help with my nerves. Although I had attended hundreds of red carpets as press, I had little experience on the other side of the velvet ropes. As it goes sometimes, our paths never crossed again, but I fondly remember him as he was on that perfect Hollywood day.

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