Hayden Panettiere Overcome With Emotion Following Amanda Knox Verdict

The Amanda Knox case caused a great deal of emotion when an Italian appeals court threw out her murder conviction earlier this month, especially for Hayden Panettiere, who played the 24-year-old on the small screen.

“I was on the edge of my bed, my eyes welled up when I heard the verdict read,” the actress, who starred in the Lifetime’s “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy,” told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Thursday’s Access Hollywood Live.

“It’s hard for me because I played her. I do feel like I have a certain connection with her,” the 22-year-old actress – who currently stars opposite Julia Roberts and Ryan Reynolds on the big screen in “Fireflies in the Garden” — continued. “It’s difficult for me to say that I’m not excited to see a young girl get a second chance at life and she does have a second chance, and I hope she makes the best of it.”

Hayden feels like her Lifetime movie stands on its own and doesn’t need to shoot a new ending.

“I think the great thing about that film was that it ended. It was so fact based that it ended when she went to jail, regardless the ending wouldn’t change,” she explained.

But would the actress consider doing a second movie about Amanda?

“I just don’t know how differently they’d do the story or what they’d do it about and because it was such public knowledge. They had such facts and information,” she told Billy and Kit. “Now, if they did it about her being in jail, I feel like they would have to get her involved.”

Adding, “I’d definitely read [another script about her… [but doing another movie] would depend on a whole lot of things though.” – confused on the double brackets

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