updated 07/03/2007 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/03/2007 AT 5:15 PM ET
Heroes’ high school cheerleader Hayden Panettiere is already back on-set – but that doesn’t mean she can’t have fun with a few favorite summer things (bikinis!). PEOPLE caught up with the actress, 17, and got the lowdown on her hot-day essentials.
Favorite summer song:
I love listening to Journey. They’ve got some awesome songs like “Don’t Stop Believing” … It’s just a feel good song. It’s like you’re at a party, and they play that song and everyone just goes nuts.
My beach must-have:
A bocce ball set. My friends and I like to play.
Bikini or a one-piece?
I’m a bikini girl. Can’t have those tan lines! I love wearing bathing suits. They’re comfortable. You always feel like you have to look good in clothes. I feel so much more comfortable with a bathing suit on because nothing’s constricting in bad areas.
Favorite beach read:
I’m usually reading scripts, but I always love Harry Potter. I’m a dork when it comes to that. Harry Potter just takes you into a completely different world.
Movie I’m most excited to see:
Bruce Willis’s film, Live Free or Die Hard. I think it’s really cool that they’re bringing him back. It looks really fun.
My TV must-see this summer:
I love [HBO’s] Entourage. It’s a fabulous portrayal of what this business is really like. You’ve got the executive producer Mark Wahlberg, who knows all about the business and the actors in it who do, too. So you can’t really go wrong.
Favorite summer food:
I like a lot of fruit. I love mangoes and papaya and pineapple.
My summer dream destination:
I would go to Fiji … I’m dying to. I just read something in the magazine the other day that there are these underwater hotel rooms now in Fiji that are literally made out of glass. It would be my dream. It’s like $15,000 a person to go.