Julianne Hough was afraid of dating Ryan Seacrest.

The 23-year-old dancer-and-actress insists she was never worried about the 'American Idol' presenter being 14 years older than her but resisted a relationship because he is so ''powerful and influential''.

She said: ''I've never dated anyone my age but Ryan is definitely the oldest man I've dated. Age is irrelevant I think.

''Mutual friends would be like, 'You guys would match perfectly.' And then eventually when I was single, he emailed me. I was very cold.

''I was nervous about dating him because he is a very scary person. He's powerful and influential. I was like, 'No, no, no' but it just ended up happening.''

Ryan is renowned for being a workaholic and the 'Rock of Ages' star admits they can find it hard to see one another.

She said: ''Our inside joke is that we have to schedule scheduling hanging out. But it somehow works.''

Julianne was raised Mormon and had a strict upbringing, and though she is more relaxed now, she admits some of the lessons have stayed with her.

She explained to Stella magazine: ''We learnt about being humble, thoughtful and grateful, always to see the good in people.

No sex before marriage, no drinking alcohol, no DRUGS, no dating before you are 16, pornography is not good. The thinking is there are certain things that pollute your mind, that aren't giving you great direction.

''I still try to be a good person - yeah, I like a glass of wine with dinner and I don't think there is anything wrong with that. I think a lot of rules are to guide and protect people from going too far, I know where my limit is - everything in moderation.''