Hayden Panettiere found fame in the cult US TV show Heroes as a strong-willed teenager.
But in real life the actress feels much more grown up, as she shows in her latest photoshoot for In Style magazine.
Despite being only 19 blonde-haired Hayden reveals she is planning a large family.
'I always said I want four kids – I love kids,' she said.
'I would love to be a mum and to have a family – for Italians, it’s the most important thing you can have.'
But Hayden says she would not want her children to follow her into the acting world.
'I think you have to be a pretty strong person to enter the industry that young and not be affected by it,' she said.
'I was lucky, but I’d never want my kids to be subject to that much criticism at such a young age.'
However Hayden may have to wait before she starts her family.
Last month she broke up with her 31-year-old Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia, with sources citing the 12-year age gap as a factor.
Rumours of their romance first circulated when they were seen kissing at an Emmys party in September 2007 - and by the end of the year, they were regularly seen out together at showbiz events.
Milo had previously denied rumours of a relationship with the star, who was then 18.
In Heroes Hayden plays the character Claire Bennet, who has the ability to regenerate, while Milo plays her uncle Peter Petrelli, who is able to take on other characters' superpowers. Mail Online reported.