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Amanda Knox: Hayden Panettiere Explains Her ‘Connection’ With Acquitted Knox

Amanda Knox: Hayden Panettiere Explains Her ‘Connection’ With Acquitted Knox

Hayden Panettiere, who played Amanda Knox in a Lifetime movie, has spoken about her excitement at Knox’s recent acquittal and release.

Panettiere, who starred in “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy,” was interviewed by Access Hollywood this week. She explained how she watched the emotional decision to set Knox free.

She said, “I was on the edge of my bed, my eyes welled up when I heard the verdict read.”

Panettiere told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Access Hollywood: “It’s hard for me because I played her. I do feel like I have a certain connection with her.”

“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,” the actress added.

Talking about the Lifetime movie where she played Knox, Panettiere told: “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.”

The 22-year-old actress doesn’t think that the movie needs to film an extended ending now that Knox has been released.

Access Hollywood asked her whether she would consider playing Knox in another movie, to which she answered: “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.”

“Now, if they did it about her being in jail, I feel like they would have to get her involved,” she said.

She explained how she would definitely read another Knox script if it was offered to her, but actually going through with the movie would depend on a lot of other factors, she concluded.