Hayden Panettiere Wants to Be Meryl Streep

By: Regan Stephens / July 7, 2009

Hayden Panettiere sure has a lot of ambition packed into that cellulite-dimpled body of hers.

The Heroes star tells the Chicago Sun-Times that she’s planning to kick her acting skills up a notch. Or six.

“The thing is, I love acting,” Panettiere says. “It’s something I respect. It’s something that makes me want to be respected for what I do. I’m working toward being a respected actress. Meryl Streep is it for me.”

Streep, of course, has won two Oscars, for her work in Sophie’s Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer. So far, Panettiere has a little bit of catching up to do if she wants to fill Streep’s shoes.

But you aim high, little lady! Like they say, the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.

Share your thoughts in the comments section: Do you think Hayden Panettiere has what it takes to be the next Meryl Streep?