Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes
|Portrayed by||Hayden Panettiere|
|First appearance||'Pilot' (October 10, 2012)|
|Last appearance||'Beyond the Sunset' (July 26, 2018)|
|Created by||Callie Khouri|
|Occupation||Singer-songwriter, actress (former), housewife|
Juliette Jolene Barnes-Barkley is a fictional character and one of the two leads in the ABC/CMT musical drama series Nashville. Juliette is portrayed by actress Hayden Panettiere since the pilot episode, which aired on October 10, 2012. Juliette was a teenage country sensation and is now making more mature music. She tries to take the throne, as Queen of Country music, from rival Rayna Jaymes. Panettiere has received critical acclaim for her performance as Juliette and she has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television Series Drama in 2013 and 2014, a Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2012 and a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2016.
Casting and creation
The casting of Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes was announced on February 29, 2012. Juliette was characterized as an up-and-coming country-pop diva and rival of series co-lead Rayna Jaymes, a fading country star played by Connie Britton. Although best known as an actress, Panettiere had a brief music career, recording songs for several films between 2004 and 2007 and planning to release an album. Though she co-wrote and recorded some songs for it, it was never completed or released. She later explained: "I quit after about four or five years of recording, and I said this is not me. But I said that if I was ever going to do music again, I would do country music, and for this [Nashville] to come along and to get both of the things I love [acting and country music] combined in one show, it's a dream come true."
Panettiere has denied media reports that her character resembles Taylor Swift, (who was also born in 1989) and states that Juliette is instead based on herself—a young woman in the entertainment industry—and Carrie Underwood. She was attracted to the character because she was "so multidimensional" and because she wanted to "break away from her character in Heroes."
Panettiere has revealed that she was not the first choice to play the role, as the producers were not sure she would be able to render Juliette vulnerable enough to be likeable. However, after Panettiere was cast, the writers re-wrote Juliette, who was originally seen as a supporting character to Rayna James' series lead, to be a co-lead alongside her.
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Juliette Jolene Barnes is a CMA-winning country singer born in 1988. At the age of 16, Juliette was discovered by Glenn Goodman at an Alabama county fair, and Glenn became her manager. Juliette moved to Nashville, Tennessee and signed with Edgehill Republic Entertainment Records in 2010. Her debut album, "Juliette," was an instant success: it reached the number one position on the Billboard Country Chart and went multi-platinum. Her sophomore record "All My Angels" was an even bigger success with her mostly tween following and reached number one on both the Billboard Country Chart & the Billboard 200 Chart. While she was recording her third album, Juliette was charged with petty theft after a fan recorded her stealing a small bottle of nail polish from a local drug store. It also came to light that her mother was a drug addict. Juliette got her life back on track by releasing a co-written song with country legend, Rayna Jaymes titled "Wrong Song." Juliette ultimately became engaged to rookie football player, Sean Butler. Juliette left Sean at the altar and began her world tour "Red Lips White Lies" with Rayna Jaymes. It was later revealed that Juliette and Sean had eloped a few days before their ceremony. The marriage was ultimately annulled. Months later Juliette was in the headlines again with her mother's untimely death after a drug-fueled murder-suicide with her sober companion Dante Reeves.
Juliette's fourth record, "Inside The Dream," came out in early 2014 and was successful, but her sound had matured. It was kept from the top spot on the charts by Rayna Jaymes's "The Best Of" album released after her car accident which left her in a coma for two weeks. Barnes was then eventually asked to join the Grand Ole Opry as a member by Rayna James in later 2014. Barnes continued to mature her sound after this and began to garner an adult fan base as she rebranded her "Red Lips And White Lies" tour after Rayna quit to spend time with her daughters, and embarked on her "Inside The Dream" North American Tour with Layla Grant and Will Lexington as her opening acts. During this time though Barnes got black listed from country radio, & country music fans after news broke of her affair with mogul, Charles Wentworth and after she was misquoted as saying "There is no God" to a crowd of protesters outside of her concert arena. Fans immediately turned on the country singer holding burnings of her albums, along with having promoters cancel her concerts after bomb threats were sent to the locations. Layla Grant then cleared the air that Barnes actually said "There is no God who would listen to a crackpot like you." Unfortunately it took radio and fans a long time to move forward from this. Barnes then fueled the flames refusing to be forced to apologize for something she hadn't done, by performing her new song "Don't Put Dirt On My Grave Just Yet", (co-written with Avery Barkley) during her induction to the Grand Ole Opry. This decision led to Edgehill Republic Entertainment Records dropping her immediately following her performance and stores no longer carrying her physical albums. Barnes, though black listed, was offered recording contracts from major labels outside of Nashville such as Capital, Interscope, and Warner Brothers to name a few. Barnes decided not to sign with any large label in order to maintain her musical freedom and not be forced to make a pop record. Ultimately despite an offer from Edgehill to re-sign her offering her an imprint and a $250,000 producing deal for her boyfriend Avery, she signed with country legend Rayna Jaymes's label Highway 65 Records, though no music was released during her year on this label.
During this year Barnes got married to boyfriend Avery Barkley, and the couple had their first child, a daughter named Cadence. Barnes also made her film debut playing the role of country icon, Patsy Cline along with actor Noah West in the film "Shenandoah Girl". Barnes was then nominated for an Oscar award as Best Actress for her performance in the film. After Barnes departed from Highway 65 Records, she signed with Country singer Luke Wheeler's label "Wheelin' Dealin' Records". During this time she fired longtime on and off manager, Glenn Goodman and hired former CEO of Edgehill Republic Entertainment Records Jeff Fordham as her manager. Through Wheeler's label she then released her critical & commercially successful album 2016's "Unleashed" (that she recorded while under Highway 65 Records before being bought out of her contract) which debuted at #1 on both Billboards 200 chart and Billboards Country Chart. Barnes then joined Luke Wheeler's "Never Back Down Tour" and continued on it as an opening act until she took a break after attacking a fan in the lobby of a hotel in Atlanta and the death of her manager via suicide the following day. Barnes then kept a low profile only being heard from when the announcement of her divorce from Avery Barkley was made public. Barnes continued to keep a low profile until it was announced she was going to star in her 2nd picture following her raved performance in "Shenandoah Girl", a Stephen Spielberg film. But before filming began during its press tour it was revealed that Barnes had been keeping a low profile as she had been in rehab for the past 3 months dealing with emotional issues and her battle with postpartum depression which she stated cost her her relationship with her daughter, and her marriage.
Following more down time, Barnes was ultimately in a deadly Plane crash after leaving the 2016 Oscars in order to reunite with her estranged husband and daughter. The crash led to the untimely death of 6 workers on the plane as Barnes was the sole survivor. Barnes was left handicap in a wheelchair after breaking her legs and having severe damage to her nervous system. Over the following months, Barnes was one of very few people to make a miraculous recovery and was ultimately able to walk again. Barnes still battles with PTSD but was able to find peace eventually with religion and her family. After going through such traumatic experiences Barnes ultimately recorded her follow up album to 2015's "Unleashed". The album titled "Grateful" was a religious album released through Highway 65 Records after the label bought "Wheelin' Dealin' Records". Unfortunately for Barnes, despite her personal struggles, the album was a critical & commercial failure as fans and critics did not support the record.
Barnes then made her comeback that same year with the hit single "Water Rising". She was nominated for the Pop/Rock AMA but publicly withdrew herself admitting to having stolen the song from up and comer singer Maddie Jaymes (Daughter of deceased country queen Rayna Jaymes). After nearly getting dropped from Rayna's label "Highway 65 Records" which Maddie was on and is now run by Maddie's father and Rayna's husband Deacon Claybourne, Juliette took some time off too focus on herself. Barnes then made her comeback in 2018 with her hit single "Is There Anybody Out There?" which was a call for love song. During the first concert of her comeback "Thicker Than Water" tour Barnes was reported to have had a 5-minute rant during her first song when a protester put absurd hate signs up and started shouting hate speech at her.
She later on that week went on the radio opening up about her battle with severe depression and then decided to postpone her tour.
Barnes has a catalogue of hit songs including "Love Like Mine", "Telescope", "Boys and Buses", "Hypnotizing", "Trouble Is","Wrong Song", "Tell that Devil", "What If It's You", "Mississippi Flood", "Last Honest Man", "One Place Too Long", "Don't Put Dirt On My Grave Just Yet", "Nothing In This World Will Ever Break My Heart Again", "Hole In The World", "Consider Me", and most recently "Water Rising" & "Is There Anybody Out There?".
2012: All My Angels
2014: Inside The Dream
2017: Thicker Than Water
2010: I'm A Girl - Radio Single
2010: Gonna Get Even - Radio Single
2012: Love Like Mine - Radio Single, #1 hit
2012: Telescope - Radio Single, #1 hit
2012: Boys and Buses - Radio Single, #1 hit
2013: Wrong Song featuring Rayna Jaymes - Radio Single, #1 hit
2013: Yellin' From The Rooftop - Radio Single
2013: Consider Me - Radio Single, #1 hit
2014: Hypnotizing - Radio Single, #1 hit
2014: Trouble Is - Radio Single
2014: Dreams - Radio Single
2014: We Are Water - Digital Single
2015: Don't Put Dirt On My Grave Just Yet - Digital Single
2015: Tell That Devil - Radio Single
2016: Mississippi Flood - Radio Single
2016: Last Honest Man - Radio Single
2016: Crazy (Theme song from the major motion film "Shenandoah Girl") - Digital and promotional Single
2016: What If It's You - Radio Single
2016: Crazy featuring Steven Tyler - Digital / Tour Single
2016: Hole In The World - Radio Single
2016: One Place Too Long - Radio Single
2016: Boomtown featuring Luke Wheeler - Radio Single
2017: On My Way - Not released to radio
2017: On My Way (Choir Version) - Not released to radio
2017: Water Rising - Not released to radio
2018: Is There Anybody Out There? - Not released to radio
2018: I Always Will - Not released to radio
- Edgehill Republic Entertainment Records (2010-2015)
- Highway 65 Records (2015)
- Wheelin' Dealin Records (2015-2016)
- Highway 65 Records (2016-)
2010: All My Angels Tour
2012: Red Lips White Lies Tour [Co-Headlined with Rayna Jaymes]
2014: Inside The Dream North American Tour
2014: Music City Music Festival
2015: Never Back Down Tour (Opening Act to Luke Wheeler)
2018: Thicker Than Water Tour (Postponed)
2015: Shenandoah Girl (Oscar nominated Role for Biopic of Country Legend Patsy Cline)
2013: CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year
2014: Inducted Into The Grand Ole Opry As A Member
2015: CMA Song of the Year Nominated for "Don't Put Dirt On My Grave Just Yet"
2016: AMA Pop/Rock Song of the year nominated for "Water Rising" (Until she removed herself)
Juliette Barnes, originally from Alabama, was discovered singing at a country fair by her manager, Glenn Goodman, who believed he could turn her into one of America's biggest country stars. Juliette, being young, beautiful and ambitious, had no qualms about leaving her dysfunctional home life and her drug-addicted mother behind. She quickly rose to become Edgehill Republic Records biggest star, a pop-country sensation, with legions of young teenage fans and sell out tours. Despite Juliette's singing talent being questioned by several characters, including Rayna Jaymes, she shows not only raw talent but has also proven herself to be a capable songwriter and works with talented musicians such as Deacon Clayborne and Avery Barkley. Juliette and Rayna, however, have two things in common, both of them had bad parents and both of them left home when they were 16 to become famous country music stars.
Juliette is initially played as a demanding, arrogant diva, but there is another side to her. The main reason why she was the main antagonist in the series. She is a girl who has fought for everything she has and is prepared to do anything to get to the top. However, her hard exterior shields a world of pain that she rarely lets people see. She has no friends, no-one she can truly turn to, and she has seen the worst of people growing up, which has left her unable to connect with people emotionally. As a result, she shows a desperate desire to be loved by anyone who shows her the slightest bit of affection, such as when she falls in love with her mother's drug counselor.
When the series begins, Juliette is a fast-rising star, with the potential to topple Queen of Country, Rayna Jaymes. Juliette sees Rayna as a has-been, while Rayna sees Juliette as a talentless bimbo. To the public, Juliette is a sweet-natured, fun loving, glamorous bubble-gum country star. Behind the scenes, however, Juliette is neither sweet natured or fun, but rather a cold-hearted, demanding, spoiled young woman who wants what she wants when she wants it, and what she wants is to be the Queen of Country.
Despite a string of number ones and sell-out tours, Juliette struggles to be taken seriously, having her vocals auto-tuned and her videos being cheesy and cliched, she decides to work with Deacon Clayborne and when she writes with him, he is the first one to recognize her potential as a songwriter.
The rivalry between her and Rayna comes to a head when Rayna is promoted from an opening act to co-touring with Juliette and their management suggest they write a song together. Rayna tells Juliette a few home truths about her talent and how her diva-like behavior will be the end of her. This upsets Juliette, however when Deacon shows Rayna the lyrics Juliette has written, Rayna begrudgingly admits she may have been wrong. They finally admit their mutual dislike for each other however manage to finish a song together called "Wrong Song" which goes straight to number one. The two are forced to admit a respect for one another despite their continuing dislike.
In her personal life, Juliette is set up on a date by a famous football player for the Tennessee Titans named Sean Butler, as her management thinks it will be good press. Juliette finds him sweet, especially when he reveals his intentions to remain a virgin until marriage, a first for Juliette who has only met men who want her for something. However Juliette is looked on with scorn by Sean's family, especially his mother, who thinks Juliette is trash, which brings out Juliette's vindictive side and she seduces Sean which leads to a rather hasty marriage. However Juliette realises Sean is a genuinely good person and that she would just end up hurting him when he doesn't deserve to be, so she agrees to an annulment.
Juliette's life is further complicated when her drug-addicted mother, Jolene, comes back into her life. All her life, Juliette remembers her irresponsible mother letting her down and losing her every time to drugs with Juliette having to clean up after her and often being on the receiving end of her mother's drug fuelled violence. However once again she ends up helping her mother, paying for her rehab and eventually falling for her mother's drug counsellor Dante. No one trusts Dante, who swiftly begins to take over Juliette's life, her finances and her career, but Juliette is so blindly in love with him she ignores everyone. In the end, everyone is proved right as Dante flees with a chunk of Juliette's money and also tries to blackmail her out of $10 million with a sex tape he has of the two of them.
Juliette refuses to give into his demands and instead issues a statement confessing her role in the tape and how it was released without her permission which garners her respect. However Jolene, finally deciding to help her daughter after years of letting her down, murders Dante, destroys the tape and then kills herself with a drug overdose, devastating Juliette.
Juliette is introduced to Edgehill's new CEO, Jeff Fordham, and Layla Grant, who rose to fame after being the runner-up in a singing competition. Much like how Juliette was wanting to take Rayna's place, Layla wants to do the same to Juliette. Juliette complains that she isn't country and makes fun of her when she says "y'all" because she is from Connecticut. Following the events of Rayna's wreck, she wants to cancel the remainder of the tour to spend more time with her daughters, which doesn't make Juliette happy. Juliette wants to move away from doing over-the-top numbers and refuses to play half-houses. Desperately wanting to keep playing to full arenas, she asks Layla to open up for her. Juliette is invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, which leaves her speechless.
Billionaire Charles "Charlie" Wentworth hires Juliette to sing at his anniversary party as a gift for his wife Olivia because she is a huge fan of hers. At the party, Juliette and Charlie sneak off to the house and sleep together. The two meet up again at the annual Bell Meade Polo tournament and end up sleeping together again only this time, unbeknownst to them, Olivia walks in on them. While on tour in Houston, Juliette decides that she no longer wants to suck up to a powerful DJ to get good reviews and airplay which leads to critics leaving the show before her set and bad reviews. Charlie, who owns several radio stations, gets the DJ fired when he hears of this but has him rehired when Juliette regrets what Charlie did. Still in Houston, Juliette gets a surprise visit from Olivia, who hits on her. It turns out Charlie and Olivia just wanted her to be a part of their threesome. After this, and following her confronting them about their lifestyle, Charlie divorces Olivia.
Juliette begins to feel threatened by Layla when she steals some of her spotlight and gets distracted. When Layla goes over her set time, making Juliette's set and the show run late, at the next show she flips Layla and Will's sets. Just as Layla is supposed to go on stage to sing with Will, Juliette barges in, takes the mic and sings with him instead. To get back at her, Layla calls the press to inform them that Juliette is the cause of the Wentworths' divorce. At the Music City Festival, the press hound her. She tells Glenn to find the person who leaked to the press but soon suspects that Layla might have had something to do with it. Jeff goes to Layla, telling her that if she had anything to do with it, she will be dropped from the label. When Juliette arrives at the next tour stop, she is greeted by angry picketers who harass her and call her names. Her reputation takes another blow when someone edits a video of her so it sounds like she said "there is no God". She turns to Layla for help as a way to clear her name.
Because of this, venues are dropping her, leaving Jeff furious so he makes her apologize for her comment or she will be dropped. Avery goes to cheer her up and they write a song together. The two begin dating. Juliette is told to make an apology at her Grand Ole Opry ceremony. Not liking what is written for her to say, she ignores the teleprompter and begins singing "Don't Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet". Once again making Jeff furious, he drops her from the label. Juliette goes to hide at Avery's. Howie D, a high-powered, hit-making record producer, hears the new tweaked version of the song and wants to work with Juliette. She flies to Los Angeles to meet with him and record it. Glenn is feeling sidelined with everything going on so he tells Juliette that he is resigning from being her manager and is heading back to Nashville. Not feeling what Howie D has in store for her, she goes to Glenn saying that she doesn't want to move away from being a country music singer and can't do it without him. Juliette runs into Jeff at a restaurant and he offers her a new record deal but she turns him down. She also bumps Will and Layla from her tour.
As a way to resurrect her career, Juliette asks Rayna to sign her to Highway 65 Records, Rayna's newly founded record label. Feeling upstage by newer talent, she sabotages the label party by going on stage announcing that she is now with the label. Juliette goes to Charlie asking for a favor when she faces more empty seats on her tour but he wants to get back together with her, and Avery tells him to go away. Rayna tells Juliette that she wants Scarlett to open for her on tour. After Scarlett has a meltdown on stage, Avery spends time with her, making Juliette jealous. Avery assures that she is the one that he loves. At the BMI party, feeling wasted, Juliette runs into Jeff and they end up having sex. Gunnar sees them leaving the screening room together while collecting themselves.
Gunnar tries to hide the secret from Avery but tells Zoey. Jeff blackmails Juliette into signing with him or he'll tell Avery what happened between them. Juliette goes to Rayna saying that it was a mistake signing with her and wants out of her contract, but Rayna tells her no and that there is too much at stake. She later reveals to Rayna that she mistakenly slept with Jeff. With Avery sensing there is something going on with Gunnar and Zoey, they confess Juliette's secret to him. He goes to Juliette and breaks up with her. She begs him to stay, but he leaves anyway.
When Juliette is in Fort Campbell for a show that Luke Wheeler is putting on for the troops, it is revealed that Juliette's dad was a Blackhawk pilot. He died when she was four. However, the new writers, having not watched previous seasons of the series, unknowingly stated (in season five), that her dad died in a car accident, and showed this.
Juliette has a hard time getting over Avery and these emotions show through when she auditions to play Patsy Cline in a movie. Her emotions work in her favor, and Juliette ends up getting the role. When Juliette keeps getting sick, Glenn has a doctor come over to check on her. As he is leaving, the doctor tells her that she is pregnant. Juliette schedules an abortion; however, she finds out that she's further along, and realizes the baby is not Jeff's. She keeps the baby, resulting in her being unable to get through rehearsals due to morning sickness. This makes Glenn and Emily suspicious, and Juliette walks in on them searching her house. Angry that they believe she's on drugs, she makes them leave without telling them the truth. Meanwhile, she also starts to become friends with her movie co-star, Noah West. Juliette eventually turns to Rayna for help. She finally tells Glenn and Emily, and lets them know she wants to give the baby up for adoption discreetly, figuring she'll drop out of the public eye before anyone notices and attribute the weight gain to getting into the role of Patsy Cline. Avery ends up getting arrested after getting drunk and trespassing. Juliette bails him out, and Avery tells her that he wishes he never met her. Juliette decides to keep the baby and raise it on her own.
Emily tries to convince Juliette to tell Avery, and Juliette finally sends Avery a text. While she's on set filming the movie later, Avery shows up and makes a scene when Juliette won't see him. However, Glenn gets him to leave. When Juliette becomes worried about shooting a love scene because it'll reveal her pregnancy, Noah reveals he overheard Avery and helps cover up her secret. Noah later shows up at her show, and says that he enjoys spending time with her. While she's performing, Juliette becomes short of breath and leaves the stage, where Noah catches her when she collapses.
Juliette is rushed to the hospital, where the doctor tells her that she has to cancel the tour immediately. Avery shows up at the hospital, but leaves when Noah comes in. Juliette, though, tracks him down and tells him if he wants to be the baby's father, he'll need to let her be a part of his life as well. Avery, though, tells Juliette that he will get to be the baby's father on his terms. Juliette later reveals her pregnancy to the media as why she's cancelling her tour, and admits that Avery is the father when a reporter asks. Around the one-year anniversary of her mother's death, Juliette has flashbacks of her childhood. At the CMA's Juliette meets Avery's parents; his mom adores her while his father doesn't. When walking back to her seat she overhears his dad saying that he doesn't think that she and Avery will make good parents and brings up her past. Avery vows that they won't be like their parents. Juliette tells him that they are having a girl. Weeks after the CMA's, Juliette asks Avery to move in with her after the baby is born just for a little while. Avery later asks Juliette to marry him, she says yes, and they have a judge marry them. After canceling her baby shower, Juliette's water breaks while arguing with Rayna. She is rushed to the hospital where she has her baby girl, Cadence. After having Cadence, Juliette is more focused on her career than the baby and neglects her. Emily is concerned and informs Avery. They call in Juliette's doctor who thinks she is suffering from postpartum depression but she denies it.
Worrying about not having a career after having a baby, she rushes to make a new album, and has unauthorized roof top performances all across the country. Rayna is not happy with it since the label is the one getting fined for it and she also wants Juliette to take some time off before making a new record. After getting in an argument with Rayna, Bucky and Glenn, Juliette leaves Highway 65 and fires Glenn. She then goes to Jeff asking if he can be her new manager and signs with Luke Wheeler's Wheelin' Dealin' Records. While Avery complains to Juliette about not spending time with baby, she throws a snow globe at them but barely misses hitting them. Avery becomes fed up with Juliette's behavior and leaves town with Cadence.
A month has passed and Juliette is on top of the world. Her new movie is a hit and her new album is coming out soon. Juliette has not seen or talked to Avery and Cadence in a month, and ignores Avery when he texts her. While out in Los Angeles touring with Luke and promoting her movie she breaks down and calls Rayna saying she needs help. Rayna who just officially dropped Juliette from Highway 65 flies out to Los Angeles to go see because she cares about her. When Rayna goes to talk to her after her set, Juliette only yells at her and says that she is not having good luck with Highway 65. Juliette's bitterness towards Layla continues when she tells Layla that she will be Jeff's number one client. She also tells her that Jeff does not love her, leaving Layla sad. Juliette comes back to Nashville and reconnects with Avery and Cadence. They go with her to her pre-album party but it turns out it was just for publicity. Without informing Avery, Juliette leaves town as well as leaving her phone at home. On her jet Jeff is seen giving her a new phone, confirming with him that no one has the number to it. Once away from Nashville, she parties, drinks, and has a doctor prescribe her medication, Including uppers, downers, and hypnotics. With Juliette being absent Avery needs help taking care of Cadence so he gets Emily (Who is still on Juliettes payroll) to help babysit her. One afternoon when Avery relieves Emily, the paparazzi takes pictures of the three of them together. The tabloids make up headlines, insinuating that Avery is cheating. Juliette sees and believes this so she calls Emily in a fit of anger, calling her a "gold digging backstabbing whore."
Avery desperately calls Juliette when Cadence is rushed to the hospital with a 104° temperature, but one of her assistants answers. Her assistant tells Juliette that someone is on the phone for her but Juliette who is all strung out on alcohol and medication says that if it's not important hang up. Avery didn't mention that the baby was in the hospital. Maddie goes with Luke to Atlanta for his show there and to see Juliette perform. Juliette and Maddie spend time together, and she invites her to sing a song with her on stage. Luke is not pleased with this because she knows that Rayna will not be happy about it when she finds out. Later on Juliette realizes that she couldn't believe that she thought something was going on with Avery and Emily. She calls to apologize to Emily, and on her way back home to Nashville she finds out that Cadence went to the hospital. Before she has a chance to get on the plane she runs into Avery. Avery, who is fed up with her behavior, informs her that he wants a divorce and full custody of Cadence. Juliette agrees to everything but is miserable. When she walks out of her hotel she is in a haze and attacks a fan. Jeff says that he can spin the attack on the fan to something more favourable in the press. They have the fan say that she had been stalking Juliette and finally went too far. Juliette mixes pills with alcohol again, texts Avery that she is sorry and goes to the hotel roof to kill herself. Jeff sees her stumbling on the rooftop of the building and rushes to her. Right as she is about to fall Jeff saves her, but in the momentum of pushing her back to safety he falls off the ledge and dies. The next morning she wakes up to the police knocking on her door to tell her about what happen to Jeff and ask questions. She has no memories of the night before. As she is leaving the hotel reporters ask how she is feeling. She tells them how do you think she feels, because her manager just committed suicide. Colt (Luke's son) tells his father that he saw Juliette on the ledge of the roof and Jeff falling while saving her. Luke tells Juliette this but she tells him that she was in her room. Right before Juliette goes on stage in Nashville she remembers what happened to Jeff, and goes back to her dressing room. Juliette admits to Luke that she was drunk, going to kill herself and that Jeff died while saving her. That night Juliette enters rehab.
Avery is told what to say about Juliette's absence, and not mention she is in rehab/treatment at Rayna and Deacon's wedding. At the reception Colt confesses to Layla what happen to Jeff. As a way to get revenge, Layla asks Glenn to be her manager, and wants Avery to be her producer. While in rehab Juliette signs the divorce papers. Juliette is eventually released and is able to go back home to Nashville. Juliette starts to change and become a better person. The moment she gets home she has a lucrative offer to be in a Steven Spielberg movie, but accepting means she will have to be in Prague for two weeks filming it. She accepts but during the press conference she quits so she can spend more time with Cadence. Avery limits the time Juliette can spend with her at first, because he doesn't quite trust her yet. When Layla finds out that Juliette is back in town she asks Avery to be her musical director right as she is about to hit the road opening up for Luke. Juliette gets jealous when she sees them rehearsing together, and doesn't want Avery and Cadence to be on the road with Layla. To keep an eye on things, Juliette asks Luke if she can replace his friend Riff left to leave the tour. Avery and Layla get closer while working on her album. One night Avery lets Juliette keep Cadence for the night but just so he can spend the night with Layla. The next morning, Juliette finds out that she got nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Shenandoah Girl and that Avery spent the night with Layla. Juliette confesses to Layla the truth about the night Jeff died while saving her, but Layla says that nothing has changed between them. At the premiere for Shenandoah Girl, she reunites with her co-star Noah West, and the two end up having a brief fling. When the Oscars roll around, Juliette is tired of going to all the pre-parties, and wants to see Cadence. Juliette tells Glenn the truth about Jeff's death. Layla leaks the information and Jeff's sister ends up suing Juliette for wrongful death. Juliette and Glenn figure out Layla was the one who leaked it. Layla tries to get Avery to not go see Juliette on Oscar night, but he does not want to break any plans. Layla calls Jeff's sister and tells her to call Colt, because he saw everything. Layla then tells Avery that Jeff's sister has an eyewitness. Jeff's sister asks for three million dollars, and if she is paid this much, then she will back down. Juliette makes her lawyers pay it, confesses everything to the press, and skips out on the Oscars. Avery confronts Layla about her lying, and realizing the extent of her manipulation, dumps her and calls her crazy. Avery is waiting for Juliette at the airport, but he is told that Juliette's plane sent out a distress signal 90 miles away from Nashville and is missing.
Juliette's plane has crashed, with Juliette as the only survivor. Following this, Juliette experiences severe survivor's guilt and must deal with her injuries from the accident which have left her unable to walk. After an initial stint in the hospital, Avery is permitted to take her home in a wheelchair where Juliette quickly becomes frustrated at her inability to care for Cadence and gets angry at her physiotherapist when she feels as if she isn't making enough progress regaining the use of her legs. She becomes determined to track down the woman who saved her life and eventually finds her singing in the choir at a nearby church. Hallie Jordan (Rhiannon Giddens) is at first confused by Juliette, who tries to show her gratitude through expensive gifts, but the two bond over their faith. When Luke sells Wheelin' Dealin' Records to Rayna, Juliette is signed to Highway 65. Juliette becomes more devoted to God following the crash and after moving from the chair to crutches, suggests the idea of recording a gospel album with the church's choir to Rayna, who agrees. When she broaches the idea with the choir however, there is initially some friction but Juliette eventually wins them over. Juliette and Avery go to the hospital where she explains to the doctor that her legs have been in a lot of pain and despite the doctor's assurances that this is normal and she should continue to put pressure on them, she insists for a scan to make sure. While waiting for the results, Juliette visits Rayna who has been rushed in following a car crash. Rayna tells Juliette how proud she is and remarks on how much she has changed since the two of them first met. Juliette's scan results report that there is no cause for concern, but the meeting with the doctor is interrupted when they find out Rayna has entered critical condition and is now in the ICU. Juliette and Avery rush to Rayna's side, with Juliette abandoning her crutches and running. She tells Rayna that she just wanted her to be proud of her. They stay for a while and provide support to Deacon and the girls but return home before Rayna passes away. Juliette always saw Rayna as a mother figure, even though they had their differences and were rivals in the past. Glenn is able to get Juliette to be a part of the tribute to Rayna at the CMT Awards, but when the time comes to perform she isn't comfortable with it, so she asks Maddie to take her place. The second half of the season sees Juliette attempt to go back to normal and regain her career and fame, however, radio only wants to work with Maddie. Her new Christian album has come out over a timejump, and it flops, so she wants to make another pop-country hit album. Juliette eventually goes to write with a songwriter who has a song she loves, but wants Juliette to give it to Maddie. She says she will, but evidently steals the song, which leads to country-music, family, and fan criticism and hatred. Eventually, Juliette drops out of the American Music Award she is nominated for, and tells the world what she did. She ponders why she has a darkness inside her and realizes she is doomed to make the same mistakes again and again.
Juliette has been planning her new album launch which will kick off with a performance. She has been given a second chance at Highway 65 but audience members start holding up signs and booing her at her kickoff. She tells them off and explains that if they knew the real her they would not like her before walking off stage. During a trip away with Avery, she runs into Darius, who says he is someone on her journey. Juliette is awake at 2AM, and finds a commercial of Darius talking about giving up addictions, and allowing access to your kingdom. Glenn tells Juliette that Darius tried to contact her at 2AM. She accuses Darius of stalking her, he refutes that it was fate; he recognizes the pain in her and wants to help her change her life. Juliette meets Darius who says he does not run a cult, but a way to help the mind. Juliette goes on radio, and announces she struggles with depression, and is cancelling her tour/album. Juliette eventually joins Darius' cult, which makes her stop wanting to sing. Unbeknownst to Juliette, the movement is a cult that uses and brainwashes people. Darius pushes Juliette to grow and has her do humanity projects. Everyone in Juliette's life tries to tell her they are worried about her and she is changing, but she doesn't believe them. She says she wants to be a new person. It is eventually revealed that Jolene had men pay her to rape Juliette. After this, she doesn't want to be with Avery anymore. Darius tells Juliette the next step in their movement and his cult is outreach in Bolivia, to which Juliette ditches her family for. Avery tries to get her to come back but she refuses and says she's not herself anymore and loves it and does not care about him or Cadence. Avery eventually decides later on that his relationship is over with Juliette. Juliette eventually comes back home when she finds the conditions bad and realizes who the cult is, motivated by a pregnancy revelation. She ends up quitting the music business and moves to a farm to raise Cadence, but promises Avery she's not running away. She hides the pregnancy from him for a few weeks after she tells him she loves him but she wants him to really want to be with her for the rest of their lives, not influenced by their new baby. A flash forward shows a visibly pregnant Juliette playing with Cadence, and Avery coming back to them, wanting to be with Juliette for the rest of their lives.
Panettiere has received critical acclaim for her role as Juliette. Sarah Hughes of The Guardian said that she "not only showcases a fine pair of lungs and a nice way with a one liner, she pulls off the rarer trick of making you sympathise with her character even when she's doing wrong." Reviewing each episode of the series for The A.V. Club, Gwen Ihnat has come to regard Juliette as the series' lead character, and has consistently praised Panettiere for her performances, particularly for playing Juliette as "domineering, manipulative, in denial, and finally, achingly vulnerable... [rising] from a caricature to become one of the most interesting parts of the show." She later noted that "every single week, Hayden Panettiere is the greatest thing about this show."
Deena Shanker of Salon has said that Panettiere's portrayal of Juliette has evolved to the point where she is a "feminist role model". Erin Carlson of The Hollywood Reporter has quipped that Panettiere should win the Michael Emerson prize for "Humanizing Terrible Characters on Network TV" after accomplishing what she felt the cast of Girls had not: rendering a "bitchy" character to be likeable and the series' "best", giving her "purpose, drive, grit and backbone".
Panettiere has been nominated for numerous awards for her role as Juliette: for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television Series Drama in 2013 and 2014, a Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2012, a Teen Choice Award for Television Actress: Drama in 2013 and 2015, a Prism Award for Female Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline in 2014, and a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2016.
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