Jul. 20th, 1988
Orem, Utah, USA
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Julianne Alexandra Hough (born July 20, 1988) is an American professional ballroom dancer, country music singer, and actress. She is a two-time professional champion of ABC's Dancing With the Stars. She was nominated for a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Choreography in season five of the show. Her first leading acting role was in the 2011 film remake of Footloose. In September 2014, Hough joined Dancing with the Stars as a permanent fourth judge.
Hough was born in Orem, Utah, the youngest of five children in a Latter-day Saint (Mormon) family. Her parents are Marianne and Bruce Hough, who was twice chairman of the Utah Republican Party. Her brother, Derek Hough, is also a professional dancer. She also has three older sisters, Sharee, Marabeth, and Katherine. All four of Hough's grandparents were dancers.
Her formal training began at the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem, where she danced with Josh Murillo, among others, in Latin Ballroom; she began dancing competitively at nine. In 1999, when she was 10, her divorcing parents sent her and brother Derek to London to live and study with their coaches, 'Corky and Shirley Ballas'. The Ballases assisted in tutoring the two Hough children alongside their own son, Mark.
Following in Derek's footsteps, she joined him at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts when a slot opened up at that school. They received training in song, theatre, gymnastics and many forms of dance, including jazz, ballet, and tap. The three children formed their own pop music trio 2B1G ("2 Boys, 1 Girl") when Hough was 12, performed at dance competitions in the UK and the U.S., and showcased in a UK television show.
At 15, Julianne Hough became the youngest dancer, and only American, to win both Junior World Latin Champion and International Latin Youth Champion at the Blackpool Dance Festival. After returning to the U.S. she attended the Las Vegas Academy and Alta High School.
Hough is a two-time professional champion of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. She was nominated for Creative Arts Primetime Emmy in 2007 for outstanding choreography. Hough was signed to Mercury Nashville Records in December 2007. Her self-titled debut album was released May 20, 2008, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200. It sold 67,000 copies its first week, and has sold over 320,000 total copies. On October 12, 2008, she released a holiday album, Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection, which as of January 5, 2009, had sold 157,000 copies.
On November 20, 2008, Hough told 'Ryan Seacrest' on his radio show she would not be returning to Dancing with the Stars, for the foreseeable future, in order to further her country music career. However, she did return for season eight, partnering with boyfriend at the time, country singer 'Chuck Wicks'. They were voted off in week eight of the competition and came in sixth place. On October 11, 2011, Julianne returned to Dancing with the Stars and danced with her Footloose co-star 'Kenny Wormald' twice, as well as her brother. She returned again on May 15, 2012 in a dance performance to promote her film Rock of Ages. On October 7, 2013, she was guest judge in place of 'Len Goodman', which was the first time a former pro dancer came back to judge.
Hough's first acting job was in 2001's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.), the film adaptation of British author J. K. Rowling's bestselling novel. She appeared in an uncredited role as a "Hogwarts schoolgirl". Hough appears in the 2010 musical Burlesque, starring 'Cher' and 'Christina Aguilera'. In the film, which chronicles a small-town girl (Aguilera) who finds success at a Los Angeles burlesque club, Hough plays a dancer named Georgia.
Hough's first leading role was as Ariel Moore in the 2011 remake of the Paramount film Footloose. Filming began in September 2010. The film was released on October 14, 2011. Hough played the role of Sherrie Christian in the 2012 film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages, alongside 'Tom Cruise' and 'Mary J. Blige'. In 2012, she filmed her starring role opposite 'Josh Duhamel' in the romantic drama Safe Haven, based on the novel of the same name by 'Nicholas Sparks', which was released on February 14, 2013. Hough is also set to star in an untitled 2013 Diablo Cody film about a woman who loses faith after being burned. Her Rock of Ages co-star 'Russell Brand' also stars.
Hough dated 'Ryan Seacrest' from April 2010 to March 2013. It was announced on March 15, 2013 that the relationship had ended.
- Had surgery to remove her appendix on October 28, 2008.
- Ex-girlfriend of 'Kevin Connolly (I)' (qv).
- The youngest of the five Hough children (Sharee, Marabeth, Katherine, Derek & Julianne). She is one of 14 children when you add 9 step-siblings from her father and mother's second marriages.
- Appeared in a Juicy Fruit commercial in the fall of 2008.
- Was engaged to 'Zack Wilson (I)' (qv) when she was 18 years old. (2006).
- Last name is pronounced "Huff".
- Sister of 'Derek Hough' (qv) and 'Mara Beth Hough' (qv).
- Raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.