"I've heard the Taylor Swift thing quite a bit and besides being around the same age and blond -- not even the height -- they are different," the actress said at the "Nashville" show panel during the Television Critics Association Press Tour. "When you guys see her and get to know Juliette a little better, you'll see. But I really think Taylor would disagree wholeheartedly, as well. She's much nicer than my character!"
The former "Heroes" star plays Juliette Barnes, a pop country diva with a penchant for skimpy dresses. She immediately clashes with with veteran country star Rayna James, played by Connie Britton.
"We have a real opportunity to show the complexities of these two people in show business, and particularly women," says the former "Friday Night Lights" star. "I feel a really strong responsibility to do that in a way that's true and dignified."
"Nashville" premieres on October 10. Hayden hints at major drama that will also unfold between Juliette and Jonathan Jackson's character, Avery Barkley. "If you have a broken heart, you're sad and you need a rebound, Juliette is prowling somewhere around the corner," laughs the actress.