Samantha Highfill
July 11, 2017 AT 12:08 PM EDT

For Lennon and Maisy Stella, there are a lot of perks to working with a former child star. On Nashville, Hayden Panettiere plays country music star Juliette Barnes, who has become a mentor for Maddie (Lennon Stella) in the aftermath of Rayna’s death. As Maddie’s been working to launch her solo music career, Juliette has been by her side, giving her advice and even helping her to pick the right single. (We’ll ignore the song Juliette stole from Maddie… for now.)

And on the Nashville set, Panettiere serves a similar role for the young actors (minus the stealing). Lennon and Maisy Stella tell EW that Panettiere is always around to watch out for them — she even taught them the trick to crying on cue. Watch the full interview above.

Nashville airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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