Hayden Panettiere: Fun in the Sun with Adorable Niece

Posted Thursday February 20, 2014 12:58 PM GMT

She’s yet to have any kids of her own just yet, but Hayden Panettiere sure played a fabulous (and sexy) aunt in Miami Beach yesterday (February 19).

The “Heroes” hottie spent some quality time with her niece Hattie Mae while prancing around the sand in a straw hat and green cover-up.

Meanwhile, Hayden has really taken to the southern style of living since moving to Tennessee to star in her hit show “Nashville.”

She told Southern Living Magazine, "It's a lot more laid-back, which suits me better. In LA and New York you go out to lunch and everyone is wearing high heels. In Nashville if I see someone wearing heels, I get the sense they might not be from around here."

"I like being in a place where people appreciate the little things and don't need a lot of stuff to be happy. At my core, this is the kind of person I am and want to be. Living in Nashville gives me a sense of normalcy that I wasn't sure I was ever going to get back in my life.”

Ms. Panettiere added, “When I first got here, all my defenses were still up, and I was waiting for that world to suddenly creep back in. When it didn't, I realized that I can live a normal life here with people who don't judge you based on what you do or who you are in the public eye."

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