Star Profile: Julianne Hough

Mimi ON Jun 30, 2011 AT 1:17 pm

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough (aka Ryan Seacrest’s other half and star of the Footloose remake) was born on 20 July, 1988 in Sandy, Utah. She was born to Mormon parents and she has three sisters and one brother. Hough’s parents met on a ballroom dancing team in college, and all four of her grandparents were also dancers.

Julianne began dancing professionally at age 9, and her formal dance training at the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Utah. Her brother, Derek, also took dance lessons and their parents sent the two to London to study with their coaches.

Julianne Hough in Footloose

Julianne Hough in Footloose

Julianne returned to the United States after five years and attended Las Vegas Academy, but eventually graduated from Alta High in Utah. She moved to Los Angeles shortly after, landing jobs as an extra on shows like ‘Cold Case’ and ‘Show Me the Money’ and two commercials. She began dancing on the hugely popular ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and she won the fourth season with partner Apolo Ohno. She also won season five with partner Helio Castroneves. She ended up doing two more seasons of DWTS before leaving to further her country music career.

Julianne’s first self-titled country music album was released in 2007, and she toured with Brad Paisely in 2008. She won Top New Female Vocalist and Top New Artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2009 and went on to tour with George Strait and Toby Keith. Her next single “Is That So Wrong” was released in 2010 and her new album is set to release in 2012.

Also in 2010, Julianne played a dancer in Christina Aguilera and Cher’s film ‘Burlesque’. She then began filming the comedy ‘Rock of Ages’ with Tom Cruise and ‘Footloose’ with Kenny Wormald.

Julianne has been dating Ryan Seacrest since April 2010.


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