Hayden Panettiere’s New Buddy – Gerard Butler

The unlikely pairing of Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere and 300 actor Gerard Butler occurred at the party for the 2009 “What is Sexy?” List at The Bowery Hotel.

A clearly delighted Panettiere posed with the Scottish scalliwag during the soiree, which also included Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima and Doutzen Kroes as guests.

Victoria’s Secret’s “What Is Sexy?” list this year promised a “return to romance,” according to Yahoo! and included icons of past and present – including Paul Newman, Kate Winslet, Brad Pitt, and Marilyn Monroe.

As for Hayden and Gerard – no scandal there.

Panettiere DOES have a thing for older men, but she is reportedly still with her boyfriend, Heroes’ co-star Milo Ventimiglia, 30.

As for Gerard, it’s quite possible that he had his arm around the nearest waitress the second the flash went off for the last of these pictures.