Hayden Panettiere surprised by support she received from 'judgemental industry' as she battled postpartum depression
Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere stunned on the red carpet last night, as she attended the Critic's Choice Awards in Santa Monica.
The awards marked the Nashville actress' first public appearance since she completed a residential programme to tackle her postpartum depression.
"I've gotten an incredible amount of support and I was actually really surprised cause I feel like I grew up in this industry that, in my mind, was very judgmental.
"I didn't even look at social media.
"Then, when I looked, people were like, 'Oh my gosh, good for you', and I am so proud to be a spokesperson and a woman that people can look to and to know that they're not alone and they're not weak if they go and they seek help," she told Entertainment Tonight.
Hayden (26) and fiancé Wladimir Klitschko (40) have a child, Kaya (1).
The actress wore a revealing peach coloured dress, and had her hair curled her hair into soft waves,
Her pretty features were highlighted with natural make-up and she carried a silver clutch.
In a case of life imitating art Hayden's character on the hit TV show Nashville is also dealing with postpartum depression as she struggles to adjust in the aftermath of her daughter's birth.
Hayden took an extended break from filming Nashville while she was a patient at the teatmet facility but has since returned to work and will be back on our screens in April.
She described what it was like to go back to work after a considerable amount of time off.
"To be honest it was kind of a rocky start for me and especially emotionally.
"The first scene that I did the other day when I saw certain people that I haven't seen in a while and I felt really comfortable - I just lost it and I couldn't keep it together.
"So, it held us up for a second but we got it at the end," she said.
Hayden is set to return for Nashville's season four's 14th episode, which will air in April.
It was announced recently that Hayden is set to star in an upcoming episode of Lip Sync Battle.
She will compete against Eva Longoria on the popular TV show in February 2016.