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Hayden Panettiere is Self’s December Cover Girl (Photo Gallery)

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Hayden Panettiere in Self

Hayden Panettiere covers Self magazine’s December 2012 issue. Inside, the actress talks about the golden rule and her inability to be full on salad.

Panettiere explained her diet choices to Self. “I tried vegetarianism, but my body didn’t respond well. I was low-energy. Now I make egg-white scrambles with veggies for breakfast. For lunch, I have chicken or fish and greens, which are good for keeping your system working. I’m a fan of sushi for dinner, as long as the fish aren’t endangered. When I indulge, I try to do it in the morning so I can burn it off. It’s my responsibility to be healthy and, no, I’m not going to starve. I’m sorry — I can’t be full on salad.”

She also spoke about body image. “I’ve grown into myself and my body. In Nashville, you see women, even successful singers, who have voluptuous bodies and everyone is supportive. You don’t get the kind of criticism you might in Hollywood. To me, the confident curvy girl is so much sexier than the insecure skinny girl.”

When it comes to kindness, the actress learned at a young age. “I’ve been acting since I was little, and kids are often not treated well on sets. Whenever I’d work with an actor who was good to me, my mom would say, ‘Look, that’s how you want to be,’” she explains. “I don’t believe anyone is born bad or mean; they become that way from anger and insecurity. But even when it’s my character being aggressive, not me, I find myself apologizing!”

Read more in the latest issue of Self, available now.

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