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Hayden Panettiere surprised by support

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Hayden Panettiere surprised by support

Hayden Panettiere was "really surprised" by the support she received when she sought treatment for postpartum depression.

The 26-year-old actress checked into a facility in October - 10 months after the birth of her and fiancé Wladamir Klitschko's daughter Kaya - and she is "proud" to now be seen as a spokesperson and a role model for other mothers gripped by the condition.

She said: "I've gotten an incredible amount of support and I was actually really surprised cause I feel like I grew up in this industry that, in my mind, was very judgmental.

"I didn't even look at social media.

"Then, when I looked, people were like, 'Oh my gosh, good for you,' and I am so proud to be a spokesperson and a woman that people can look to and to know that they're not alone and they're not weak if they go and they seek help."

Hayden returned to work on 'Nashville' - on which she plays country singer Juliette Barnes - earlier this month and admits she initially found it tough going back on set.

Speaking to 'Entertainment Tonight' on the red carpet at last night's (17.01.16) Critics' Choice Awards - at which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - she said: "To be honest it was kind of a rocky start for me and especially emotionally.

"The first scene that I did the other day when I saw certain people that I haven't seen in a while and I felt really comfortable -- I just lost it and I couldn't keep it together. So, it held us up for a second but we got it at the end."