Hayden Panettiere by Kevin Parry/WireImage.com Hayden Panettiere by Kevin Parry/WireImage.com

What better way to cheer up temporarily unemployed child actors than to invite them to the screening of a larger-than-life fantasy film? The Spiderwick Chronicles premiere at Paramount Studios attracted the young stars of Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives and Heroes, all willing to share stories of how they have been passing their time while Wisteria Lane and "Mode" Magazine gather dust.

"I don't think I've been having a vacation!" a determined-looking Hayden Panettiere told reporters. "I just got back from D.C. and let me tell you - politics are tiring. If I was in politics, I think I'd tear my hair out." The 18-year-old anti-whaling activist, who is also part of Declare Yourself, recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where she was speaking on behalf of the Whaleman Foundation. "I've spent so much time with these animals that it's just so close to home now. I'm in this fight till the end."

Desperate Housewives' Joy Lauren has had time to think about her character and where she'd like to see Danielle go in the future. "I'd like to go back and take that baby," she told TV Guide. "I'm hoping Danielle gets a little bit of motherly instinct... becomes a little bit nicer and a little bit warmer. I've played someone that everybody hates for such a long time that I'm hoping to be nice and likable."

For Ugly Betty's Mark Indelicato, getting used to the limelight took no time at all, but what the strike has deprived him of is a set visit from executive producer Salma Hayek and her newborn. "America went to see her when she first had the baby, and America's like, "She's doing great!" so I hope to see her soon. When the strike ends she'll probably come and show herself, and [we'll] get to see the baby!" - Carita Rizzo