Carrie Underwood vs. Hayden Panettiere in 'Nashville': How Similar Are They?

The 'Nashville' star has claimed that her character is based on the former Idol, even though Carrie says she's nothing like Juliette Barnes -- here's what we think

Carrie Underwood isn't thrilled with comparisons to Juliette Barnes, the fictional country star played by Hayden Panettiere on Nashville. Panettiere has said that her Golden Globe-nominated performance was inspired by Underwood, one of the highest-charting country artists of all time at age 29. But beyond the blonde hair and Nashville twang, Underwood says she doesn't see the resemblance.

"I'm not like that at all," says the American Idol winner in the February issue of Allure. "It's juicy, but I hope not everybody thinks that everything goes down like that in Nashville, and we're evil. To be honest, I've been fortunate enough to work with other types of music -- and we're the least drama-rific people."

Well, we wouldn't say that Juliette is evil per se, but she certainly has her own agenda, and she can be pretty vicious when someone stands in her way. In fairness, Panettiere said that she specifically modeled her performance style after Carrie Underwood -- not her mean-girl side.

"[Carrie] is one of those girls that doesn't do the whole dancing-around-choreography thing but has that stage presence like no other," Panettiere told USA Today in October. "She can just stand there and be incredibly interesting."

Then again, seeing those two mentioned in the same sentence got us wondering: how else does Juliette Barnes stack up against her real-life counterpart? Let's compare and contrast, shall we?

CAREER:
Juliette Barnes: Described as the "number one crossover artist in the country," with twenty million downloads. Critics say she's a flash in the pan.
Carrie Underwood: Also considered a crossover artist (though not currently No. 1 -- that would be Taylor Swift). Has more than twenty-five million downloads, and no one thinks she's a flash in the pan -- at least, not anymore!

LOVE LIFE:
Juliette Barnes: Elopes with an NFL quarterback. 
Carrie Underwood: Reportedly dated Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo before marrying hockey player Mike Fisher in 2009.

MUSIC:
Juliette Barnes: Has a hit single called "Boys and Buses."
Carrie Underwood: Had a hit single called "Jesus, Take the Wheel."

TABLOID FODDER:
Juliette Barnes: Caught shop-lifting while trying to distract herself from her drug-addicted mother.
Carrie Underwood: Remarkably scandal-free.

So yes, there are some surface similarities, but it's pretty clear that the Nashville character is inspired by multiple women (including, perhaps, Swift, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan). That makes Hayden's character a whole lot of fun to watch -- but in real life, she'd be a nightmare. Fortunately, in real life, it seems like Carrie Underwood is delightful!

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