Hayden Panettiere hit up the Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday night and she was absolutely glowing!!
The 26-year-old momma stopped along the red carpet to talk about her ongoing struggle with postpartum depression since welcoming her baby girl Kaya Evdokia in December 2014 with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko.
As for her first U.S. red carpet appearance since seeking treatment back in October, she told People the experience felt "so new:"
"It feels different for me because of things that I've gone through recently, over the last year. I've really gone, ‘You know what, I've been in this industry for so long, forget it!' I've been hiding myself. Just putting out the smiling face, showing people this, and allowing that veil to come down — it's like a weight off my shoulders. I'm 26 years old. I'm a mom. I don't need to be afraid of what people are going to think. I saw how much people rallied behind me when I was honest, and I didn't know that honesty could be such a gift."
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The Heroes alum's decision to go public with her illness made all the difference:
"Honestly, when I said [I had PPD] the first time on Kelly and Michael I didn't plan on it. We talked about it for a second, but it was just like a conversation, and I was like, ‘Why should I be ashamed or hide when it costs so much?' It costs me so much to hide. It costs you so much to lie."
And now she's becoming the mother her daughter can look up to: