Julianne Hough 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. Along with her brother Derek Hough (who is a six-time winner of the dancing show) and Tessandra Chavez, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2015. In 2016, she played Sandy in the live Fox television production of Grease.
Born Name Julianne Alexandra Hough
Nick Name Jules
Occupation Dancer, singer, songwriter, actress
Years active 2001–present
Born: July 20, 1988, 29 years and 11 months, Sandy, Utah, United States
Sun Sign Cancer
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Height 5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
Measurements 34-24-34 in or 86-61-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Distinctive Features Perfectly toned body
Hough learned dancing from Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem. She joined Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
Father – Bruce Robert Hough (Served as the Chairman of Utah Republican Party two times)
Mother – Marianne
Siblings – Sharee Hough (Older Sister), Marabeth Hough (Older Sister), Katherine Hough (Older Sister), Derek Hough (Older Brother) (Professional Dancer)
Others – Julianne’s all the four grandparents were dancers.
Hough was born in Orem, Utah, the youngest of five children in a Latter-day Saints (Mormon) family. Her parents are Marianne and Bruce Hough; her father 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. She is also a second cousin of musicians Riker, Rydel, Rocky and Ross Lynch from R5, their maternal grandmothers being sisters.
Hough’s 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 helped tutor 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. She left London that year, after having been “abused, mentally, physically, everything,” she said, a situation that escalated “when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl. … I was told if I ever went back to the United States, three things were going to happen. One: I was going to amount to nothing. Two: I was going to work at Whataburger. And three: I was going to end up a slut. So, it was like, I can’t go back. I have to be this person.” After returning to the U.S., she attended the Las Vegas Academy and Alta High School.
Hough was one of the Million Dollar Dancers in the 2006 ABC game show called Show Me the Money. She won season four of the U.S. edition of Dancing with the Stars with her partner Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Apolo Ohno, making Hough the youngest professional dancer to win on the program. On November 27, 2007, Hough and her partner, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Hélio Castroneves, became the winners of season five. Hough returned for season six with radio host/comedian Adam Carolla, but they were eliminated in week four. In July 2008, Hough was nominated at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in the category of “Outstanding Choreography” for her Mambo “Para Los Rumberos” (performed with partner Hélio Castroneves) on Dancing with the Stars.
On August 25, 2008, the cast of season seven was announced, and Hough was partnered with Hannah Montana actor Cody Linley. She felt abdominal pains during their jitterbug performance on October 27, 2008 and was immediately rushed to a hospital following the encore performance. She subsequently had surgery to have her appendix removed, causing her to miss several performances; Edyta Śliwińska stood in for her. Hough returned to the show, although the pair was ultimately eliminated in the Semifinals Competition. She appeared on the November 12 results show dancing the jive to “Great Balls of Fire” with her brother for the “Design-A-Dance” contest.
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 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, Hough 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. In September 2014, she returned as the show’s permanent fourth judge.
Move Live On Tour
On March 18, 2014, Hough and her brother Derek announced a summer tour of over 40 cities across the Canada and U.S, called “Move Live on Tour”, which would include dancing and singing from both of them, and the appearance of a group of dancers employed by the Houghs who earned their jobs through auditions. They embarked on the sold out tour on May 25, 2014 in Park City, Kansas and ended it in Los Angeles on July 26, 2014. Due to the success of ticket sales and several sold out venues before the tour had officially kicked off, several more shows were added to the tour schedule, which also sold out. For the tour choreography, the Hough siblings collaborated with Nappytabs.
Following the success of the 2014 tour and high demand, the Houghs announced the return of “Move Live on Tour” in the summer of 2015. Spanning from June 12, 2015 to August 8, 2015, the sold out tour visited over 40 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and visited larger venues than in the previous year. Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo “Nappytabs” returned as collaborating choreographers alongside the Hough siblings. Auditions were also held to recruit a new group of dancers to join the Houghs, although some back-up dancers from the previous year returned.
On July 9, 2016, the Houghs held a free fitness pop-up event called ‘Move Interactive’ in Los Angeles, which they announced would be the first of many. The event started off in Sherman Oaks with a workout session at Pulse Fitness Studios led by celebrity personal trainer and owner, Mark Harari. The participants then took part in a two-mile run along Ventura Blvd, before finishing off with a dance-fitness class at JustDance Los Angeles. According to Hough, the motivation behind the event was to “bring health, love, community and human interaction into our everyday lives.” The following week, on July 14, the Hough’s held a second free Move Interactive event in Fryman Canyon, LA, which included a hike and team building exercises.
On December 14, 2016, they announced, via social media, that they would be going on a new tour, MOVE BEYOND Live on Tour, in 2017.
Hough’s first country music single, “Will You Dance With Me”, was released to iTunes and Wal-Mart in May 2007 to raise money for the American Red Cross. The song placed at No. 100 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. She later signed with Universal Music Group Nashville’s Mercury Nashville division.
Her self-titled debut album was recorded in Nashville and produced by David Malloy, who has worked with Reba McEntire, Eddie Rabbitt, among others. Hough’s album, which met with mixed reviews, debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart on May 31, and also peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Hough’s second single, and the first to be released to country radio, was “That Song in My Head”.
Hough joined Brad Paisley’s 2008 Tour, along with Jewel and Chuck Wicks. Hough, Paisley and Willie Nelson appeared in the video for the Snoop Dogg song “My Medicine”.
Hough appeared in a Juicy Fruit commercial in the fall of 2008, and released an EP of Christmas music called Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection. Hough performed her second single “My Hallelujah Song” on Dancing With the Stars on November 18, 2008, with her brother, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Lacey Schwimmer dancing.
Hough, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson and Kellie Pickler announced the 2009 Academy of Country Music Award nominees in February 2009. Hough was nominated for the Top New Female Vocalist award, a fan voted award, which she subsequently won. Hough won the Top New Artist award at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5, 2009. Hough released a single, “Is That So Wrong”, to country radio on June 21, 2010. It was intended as the lead single for her second album, Wildfire, but the album was never released.
In June 2012, Hough told AOL’s The Boot that her second album was “completely done” and that she was initially “really, really looking forward to the record.” However, she also stated that, due to the underperforming lead single and having “a lot of momentum” in her film career, there are no plans to release Wildfire. She does intend to resume focusing on her music career at some point, though: “I feel like when I have the time to focus on it, and when I feel like it is the right time, [I’ll return to] my music,” she said.
Hough’s first acting role was in the 2001 feature film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, in an uncredited role as a “Hogwarts schoolgirl”. Hough appeared 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, opposite Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormack. 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, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Malin Akerman.
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 also starred in the comedy-drama Paradise as Lamb Mannerhelm, which was released on October 18, 2013. She starred alongside Russell Brand.
Hough portrayed the role of Sandy Young for Fox’s live television presentation of the musical Grease on January 31, 2016.
Julianne Hough and her brother Derek hosted the 2016 The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration and The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration. It was televised by ABC on Thanksgiving night, November 24, and Christmas Day, December 25. The Hough siblings introduced performances by Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson. A companion holiday album, Disney Channel Holiday Hits, was released November 18, 2016.
Hough has said she is no longer a practicing Mormon, but credits the faith for instilling her with a moral code.
Hough dated fellow country singer Chuck Wicks from August 2008 to November 2009; when the two had a mutual break-up, it inspired Hough’s song “Is That So Wrong”. Hough dated Ryan Seacrest from April 2010 to March 2013. In February 2014, it was revealed that she began dating NHL player Brooks Laich, of the Los Angeles Kings, formerly the Washington Capitals, in December 2013. The couple announced their engagement on August 18, 2015. They were married on July 8, 2017.
Hough attracted controversy in October 2013 when she donned blackface as part of a Halloween costume depicting Uzo Aduba’s character Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren from the Netflix comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black. Hough later apologized, stating on Twitter: “I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.”
Hough has been diagnosed with endometriosis since 2008, and went public with it to help de-stigmatize the conditions surrounding the disease.
Digital Brand Architects
Labels Mercury Nashville
Proactiv (Skincare product), Proactiv+, Sole Society (Women’s Shoes, handbags and accessories brand), Fitbit
Hough released her debut album titled Julianne Hough on May 20, 2008, via Mercury Nashville Records. The album charted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and it debuted at #1 spot on Billboard Top Country Albums.
She was able to sell 490,000 copies in the USA.
Her first role came from the 2001 fantasy film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, where she played the role as Hogwarts schoolgirl. Her role is uncredited.
First TV Show
Julianne’s debut TV show was American dance competition show Dancing with the Stars, where she was a regular choreographer from seasons 4 (from 2007) until 8. She was also appointed as a guest choreographer in season 13 and 14.
Julianne does workouts with her personal trainer Astrid Swan McGuire. Hough’s trainer revealed a workout schedule to attain firm moves. It’s a 20-minute workout, originally shared by SELF. The workout is designed to make the full body toned, just like Julianne. You will need a resistance band with handles to perform the following set of exercises. Do 20 reps of each.
Moves Like Jagger
Of course, her favorite workout is dance. She likes her profession.
ulianne Hough Favorite Things
Food – Cheesy pizza
Perfume – Gucci Flora by Gucci
Source – Seventeen, People
Julianne Hough Facts
She won the Dancing with the Stars in season 4 and season 5.
In the past, she also made her own group “2B1G” (2 boys, 1 girl) with her brother Derek and one other guy. She was 12 at that time.
During 2012 United States presidential election, Julianne supported Mitt Romney, who lost to Barack Obama.
During October 2013 Halloween, she attracted some controversy, when she wore blackface for Halloween party. But, later she apologized for the same on Twitter.
On October 28, 2008, she had to undergo an appendix operation.
She obsessed with her two dogs of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels breed, named, Lexi and Harley.
As an actress, her first leading role came in 2011 for the film Footloose.
You can see her at #30 on Maxim’s Hot 100 list of 2008.
Hough helped in choreographing the music video for Gwen Stefani‘s 2006 single “Wind It Up”.