Jenna Dewan started her career as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson, and later worked with artists including Pink, Missy Elliott, and Christina Aguilera. She is known for her role as Nora Clark in the 2006 film Step Up. She has also starred on the short-lived NBC series The Playboy Club and had a recurring role on the FX series American Horror Story. She portrayed Freya Beauchamp on the Lifetime series Witches of East End and played Lucy Lane in The CW series Supergirl.
Born Name Jenna Lee Dewan
Nick Name Jenna Dewan
Other names Jenna Dewan-Tatum
Born: December 03, 1980, 38 years and 2 months, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Sun Sign Sagittarius
Occupation Actress, dancer, businesswoman
Years active 2000–present
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Green
Height 5 ft 2 in or 157 cm
Measurements 33-24-33 in or 84-61-84 cm
Bra Size 32B
Her dad has Polish and Lebanese ancestry and mother has German and English ancestry.
Father – Darryll Dewan (American Football Player)
Mother – Nancy Bursch Smith (née Bursch)
Siblings – Missy Dewan (Sister), Nathan Dewan (Brother), Shane Dewan (Brother), Daniel Dewan (Brother)
Others – Claude Brooks Smith (Stepfather), Elizabeth (Grandmother)
Jenna attended Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas. She was a varsity cheerleader there. After graduating in 1999 and becoming prom queen in her senior year, she went on to study at University of Southern California.
Dewan is the daughter of Nancy Smith (née Bursch) and Darryll Dewan, who was a running back on the 1972 Notre Dame football team. Her father is of Lebanese and Polish descent (Dewan being a surname of middle-eastern origin) and her mother is of German and English ancestry.
As a child, Dewan moved frequently; she mentioned in an interview that she lived in seven cities before reaching the seventh grade. While attending high school at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland, Dewan was a varsity cheerleader. She transferred to Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas. She was also a varsity cheerleader there and was voted prom queen during her senior year. She went to University of Southern California and was a member of the California Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi.
Dewan first appeared in Janet Jackson’s “Doesn’t Really Matter” video in 2000, and later in “All for You” and the All for You Tour in 2001. Dewan credits working with Jackson for aiding her career, allowing her to later work with many other artists and giving her the experience necessary to co-star in the dance film Step Up. In 2016, Dewan modeled as the face of dancewear manufacturer Danskin in a campaign and photo shoot that captured and featured her athleticism as a dancer.
In 2006, Dewan co-starred with Channing Tatum in Step Up, as well as starring in Take the Lead that same year.
In August 2008, Dewan starred in the Lifetime made-for-television film Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal which follows five rule-breaking teens. She portrayed the role of disciplinarian Coach Emma Carr. In November 2009, she appeared in the straight-to-DVD comedy American Virgin alongside Rob Schneider.
In March 2011, Dewan was cast in the NBC pilot of The Playboy Club. In May 2011, NBC picked up the series for a full season. She portrayed the role of Bunny Janie, a provocative Playboy bunny who works at a Playboy Club in Chicago in 1961. The series premiered on September 19 to 5.2 million viewers with mixed reviews from critics. Due to low ratings, NBC cancelled the series after just three episodes in October 2011.
In November 2011, Dewan starred in the film The Jerk Theory. This was first released in Germany in 2009. It was later released in the United States in November 2011.
Dewan appeared in the romantic-comedy film 10 Years, produced by her husband Channing Tatum. The film was released on September 14, 2012. That same year, she appeared in the second season of American Horror Story, as Teresa Morrison, the wife of Leo Morrison (portrayed by Adam Levine).
In 2013, Dewan began starring in the Lifetime series Witches of East End as Freya Beauchamp, one of the lead characters. In late 2015, she began a recurring role in the CBS series Supergirl playing Lucy Lane, the sister of Lois Lane and girlfriend of Jimmy Olsen. Her upcoming projects include “the Wedding Year”, “Berlin, I Love You” and “Mixtape”
Along with friends Reid Carolin, Adam Martingano, Brett Rodriguez and Channing Tatum, Dewan started a production company called 33andOut Productions. Their first production is a documentary called Earth Made of Glass that follows Rwandan President Paul Kagame and genocide survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu. It premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2005, Dewan met actor Channing Tatum on the set of their film Step Up. They began dating shortly after filming had finished. The couple became engaged in early September 2008 in Maui, and married on July 11, 2009, at Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California. Their daughter, Everly Elizabeth Maiselle Tatum, was born on May 31, 2013 in London, England. In an interview on the Late Show with David Letterman, Channing explained that Everly’s middle names are from Jenna’s grandmother, Elizabeth, and his own grandmother, Maiselle.
On April 2, 2018, after nearly nine years of marriage, the couple announced that they were separating.
Dewan is an animal rights activist and a vegan. PETA declared her to be one of three “Sexiest Vegans” of 2017.
Dewan is raising her daughter as a vegetarian but says she will let her decide what to eat when she is old enough.
She had appeared in the 2004 TV movie that was a remake of the 1966–1971 series Dark Shadows. The movie was a one-hour television pilot that was produced by Warner Bros Television. She did the role of Sophia.
First TV Show
She appeared in an American sitcom Quintuplets for her role as Haley. She had a chance to appear in just a single episode titled “Little Man on Campus” in 2004. The show was also able to produce only 22 episodes in its lifetime.
During her pregnancy, she started doing a light workout. She gave birth to a baby girl on May 31, 2013. Jenna had indulged in eating tacos during her pregnancy.
In general, due to her busy schedule, she gets less time to exercise. But, whenever she gets, she takes the help of trainer JJ Dancer.
Jenna Dewan Facts
She is a vegan.
She is an animal rights activist.
She owns a production company, 33andOut Productions along with friends Reid Carolin, Adam Martingano, Brett Rodriguez and husband Channing Tatum.
Dewan’s parents have different ancestries. Her father is of Lebanese and Polish descent while her mother has German and English ancestry.
Her parents divorced when she was young and her mother, Nancy remarried to Claude Smith.
She has a dog named Meeka.
Jenna has also co-founded Iron Horse Entertainment.
She was a cheerleader during her high school.