Julianne Hough (born 20.07.1988)
Julianne Hough is a professional dancer, singer and actress.
Julianne Hough: Childhood
Julianne Hough was born in Sandy, Utah. Her parents are Mari Ann and Bruce Robert Hough, a former chairman of the Utah Republican Party, but they divorced when she was 10.
She started performing as a young girl at the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem, Utah. She later moved to London with her brother Derek to be tutored by Corky and Shirley Ballas before attending Italia Conti Academy where they trained in various dance styles as well as song, theatre and gymnastics.
When she was 15, she became the youngest person to win the Junior World Latin Champion and International Latin Youth Champion at the Blackpool Dance Festival.
She left London in her teens and has claimed to have suffered much abuse at the dance school. She then attended the Las Vegas Academy and Alta High School after moving back to the US.
Julianne Hough: Dancing career
Julianne Hough's first TV appearances included being a dancer on the gameshow 'Show Me the Money'.
She won the fourth season of 'Dancing With The Stars' with Olympic skater Apolo Ohno. She also won season five with racer Helio Castroneves in 2007. However, she was eliminated in the fourth week in the next series in which she partnered with comedian Adam Carolla.
Her performance on 'DWTS' earned her an Emmy award nomination.
During season seven in 2008, she was rushed to hospital with severe abdominal pains following a performance with her partner Cody Linley. She had an appendectomy and was replaced by Edyta Sliwinska until she returned.
Despite initially stating that she wouldn't return for season eight, she did so alongside partner (and boyfriend) Chuck Wicks. She made return performances on following years with her 'Footloose' co-star Kenny Wormald and her brother and later to promote 'Rock of Ages'.
Julianne Hough: Music career
Julianne Hough's first single was charity number 'Will You Dance With Me' in 2007. She subsequently signed with Mercury Nashville records.
Later that year, she released her self-titled debut album which opened at number 1 on the Top Country Albums chart.
In 2008, she toured with Brad Paisley; the singers were also featured together on Snoop Dogg's 'My Medicine' video. She later released Christmas EP 'Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection' and performed second single 'My Hallelujah Song' on 'Dancing With The Stars'.
In 2009, she won the Top New Female Vocalist award at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
She has a second album called 'Wildfire' that has not yet been released and, due to her underperforming music career, there are not yet any plans for its release.
Julianne Hough: Acting career
Julianne Hough's first acting role was as an uncredited Hogwarts schoolgirl in 2001's 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.
She has also appeared in 2010's 'Burlesque' and 2012's 'Rock of Ages', and her first leading role was in 2011's 'Footloose' remake.
She had a starring role in Nicholas Sparks' 'Safe Haven' in 2013 and is set to star in an upcoming Diablo Cody movie.
Julianne Hough: Personal life
Julianne Hough is currently dating radio show host Ryan Seacrest and has been for nearly three years. She was previously in a relationship with country singer Chuck Wicks.
She was in support of republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 United States presidential election.
Biography by Contactmusic.com