Hayden Panettiere Gets Pumped for Palin

Teen pregnancy sure makes for strange bedfellows.

Heroes star Hayden Panettiere praised Bristol Palin, daughter of former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, at a town hall meeting for National Teen Pregnancy Awareness Day in New York on Wednesday, Us Magazine reports.

Palin shocked the nation during last year’s Presidential campaign when news broke that the then-17 year old had become impregnated by her boyfriend, Levi Johnston. The two had a son, Tripp, in December 2008, but broke up this March.

At the meeting (sponsored by the Candie’s Foundation), Panettiere lauded Palin—who was also in attendance—for bringing attention to the subject of teen pregnancy.

“It’s a topic that’s not talked about enough,” Panettiere noted. “This is just a human thing. It’s natural, it’s what everyone does, but most people don’t realize how serious things are until it directly impacts them and their lives or the lives of the people around them, and I think this is one of those things where as a young female you go, ‘Oh, it’ll never happen to me, oh, it happens to people, but it’ll never happen to me,’ and then it does happen.”

Panettiere continued, “It’s very nice that she’s come out to support this, and it’s nice to have her. Teenagers get to look at her, and she can say, ‘This happened to me.’ This is all politics aside. She is just a girl out here saying, ‘Look, it happened to me—it can happen to you.”