With her perfect Barbie-doll looks and dazzling dance-floor moves, Hough became America's spinning sweetheart when she joined — and ultimately won — Dancing With the Stars. An aspiring ent...
Julianne Hough is all smiles on the cover of the February issue of Cosmopolitan, but inside its pages the Dancing with the Stars champion reveals a much sadder, darker side. Hough opens up for the first time about a childhood and adolescence filled with abuse.
When Hough was just 10 years old, she left her parents and her home in South Jordan, Utah, to join her older brother, fellow Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough, at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of the Arts in London, where she could hone her talents as a dancer. But young, talented, and an ocean away from home, Hough was susceptible to abuse. She tells Cosmo, "While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything."
She explains, "I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer … I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love."
Hough says that as she grew older, rather than dissipating, the abuse intensified. It got worse, she says, "when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl."
Even now, years later, Hough is reluctant to point fingers, name names, or provide additional details regarding the abuse. "I'm a very forgiving person, and I don't want to hurt anybody. What's past is past," she says. Hough tells Cosmo, "This is the farthest I've ever gotten into my London situation."
Before leaving London as a teen, Hough was told the United States held nothing but failure for her. "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," she says. Well, with three huge films under her belt, a fourth (the film adaptation of Nicolas Sparks' novel Safe Haven) poised for release, and two Dancing with the Stars championship titles— not to mention a steady boyfriend, Ryan Seacrest, to dispel the "slut" part — to her name, Hough has certainly proved them wrong.
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In a candid new interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, the dancer-turned-actress, who is currently dating U.S. media mogul Ryan Seacrest, reveals she didn't have to dig too deep to play an abused woman opposite Josh Duhamel in new movie Safe Haven - she suffered at the hands of others when she was a dance student in Britain.
The 24 year old says, "I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer. I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love.
"While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything... (It got worse) when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl.
"I'm a very forgiving person, and I don't want to hurt anybody. What's past is past... (but) you can kind of hear the quiver in my voice... This is the farthest I've ever gotten into (revealing) my London situation.
"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."
T’was the night before Christmas, 37 years ere
Down in Dunwoody, Georgia, where the snowfall is rare
Though winter’d not visit, despite the townspeople’s behest
Santa did bring a gift to the family Seacrest
Into the world sprung young Ryan on that Christmas Eve
Knowing then not a lick of the mark he would leave
A boy of small stature, but smile so wide
He’d set out to become his town’s Christmas pride
He’d perform from the get-go, at home and at school
He even made radio — all thanks to his yule
But what he couldn’t know then was a truth harsh and terse:
Ryan’s Christmastime birthday would be a Christmastime curse
Young Seacrest would soon come to leave his Southern neighborhood
To bring wintery magic to the great Hollywood
But though he was his suburb’s own holiday icon, no doubt
Seacrest would contend with the big guns from there on out
Santa’s the true pride of Christmas, a figure so spectacular
Jesus as well, but let’s keep it secular
How could Ryan compete with a man so revered?
He didn’t have flying reindeer, could not grow a beard
But Seacrest would never be outdone by St. Nick
He’d take every job — yeah, that’d do the trick
He’d join up with Fox to host American Idol
But this wasn’t enough to earn him his desired title
So more jobs he’d gather, through more boundaries he’d tear
Though some were short lived, like American Juniors and On-Air
Still, he’d not quit — in himself, he believed
And soon, he’d be rocking many a New Years Eve
He’d visit Red Carpets, correspond with Today
Produce 15 shows for his old pal Kim K
And still, Seacrest was not safe from the occasional bashing
Like Joel McHale’s jabs, or Sacha Baron Cohen’s ashing
But even with celebrity snark making his journey tough
So many jokes about him and his love, Julianne Hough
Seacrest keeps smiling, keeps taking new roles
Bringing joy and entertainment to innumerable souls
So perhaps we were wrong (though saying that makes us miffed)
Maybe his Christmastime birth is no curse, but a gift
For it charged him to be a Santa all his own
Delivering yearlong merriment to American homes
A more ambitious young man you’re not likely to find
Next time you’re mocking his height, just keep that in mind
So at this time of year, we think of our friend Ryan
Who has made it to age 37 (no thanks to the Mayans)
And as we close our poem now, we’ve one last thing to say:
Merry Christmas to all — and to Seacrest, Happy Birthday.
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The actresses have topped Fitness magazine's health countdown thanks, in part, to the efforts they go to to look good and stay in shape.
Tom Cruise's ex-wife Holmes nabbed the Best Revenge Body, Aniston was named Best Bride-to-Be and newlyweds Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake were crowned Fittest Couple.
Other winners in the new poll include another new wife, Blake Lively (Best Legs), U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (Best Arms), Halle Berry (Fab After 40), Beyonce (Best Body After Baby) and mum-to-be Claire Danes (Best Baby Bump).
Meanwhile, pop star Pink landed the Best Celebrity Slimdown honour for the weight she lost after becoming a first-time mum and Kate Hudson picked up the prize for Best Cleavage.
Rounding out the list of banging body parts: Gwen Stefani (Best Abs), Eva Longoria (Best Butt), Jennifer Lawrence (Best Curves) and Rock of Ages star Julianne Hough (Best Back).
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, many celebrities are returning to the late night circuit to discuss how they spent their own familial festivities. While The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons would rather spend time with his fantasy football friends, and leave his actual family with a cardboard cutout likeness of himself, Ryan Seacrest did in fact high-tail it on home (and then to the family home of his girlfriend, Julianne Hough), and Kate Walsh welcomed her RV-loving kinfolk into her neighborhood.
Check out what we learned about these stars' holiday traditions last night.
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Jim Parsons paid a visit to The Tonight Show to delve into his secret obsession of football. Parsons himself admitted that he doesn't exactly come across as the sports-loving type, but that he has, in recent years, become completely enamored with the world provided by his fantasy league. Additionally, Parsons shared the tale of some strange phenomena to overtake his likeness of late: a Spanish-language hair restoration ad featuring Parsons (much to his surprise) and a life-size cardboard cutout of the actor of which his mother has come into possession. Finally, Parsons shared a video of he and fellow The Big Bang Theory cast mates performing an unexpected gag during the filming of one episode...
Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!
Ryan Seacrest stopped by Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, opening up to the talk show host about his dream to land a show on CBS... the only major network yet to hire him. Additionally, Seacrest divulged a few details about his recent Thanksgiving foray with the family of his girlfriend Julianne Hough, and the athletic endeavors the pair vowed to take over the course of the weekend. Finally, the topic turned to American Idol, leading up to Seacrest to pledge that he would do anything for his beloved show... even fight the judges on air.
Conan O'Brien welcomed Kate Walsh to his show, discussing the actress' family-filled holiday season (complete with multiple RVs). Walsh also talked up her very own perfume... which seemed to have confused Conan to no end. The show featured one of Walsh's ads for the scent, which includes, as Conan puts it, the "worst looking octopus of all time."
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Nicholas Sparks novels and their subsequent big screen adaptations are nothing if not completely reliable. There's no surprises when it comes to a Sparks movie: there's an attractive, non-threatening couple whose love must face some harrowing obstacles (often in the rain), there's a pretty solid chance someone will bite the dust before the end credits roll, and there's a scenic, coastal location where the characters will take a a pensive walk on the beach.
The dependable formula looks to be all but unbroken in the trailer for the latest in the Sparks catalogue, Safe Haven, which was released online today. Attractive, non-threatening leads playing a couple whose love must face some harrowing obstacles, often in the rain? Check. This time around its Julianne Hough as a woman trying to hide from her past and Josh Duhamelas the guy who literally and metaphorically saves her. (Plus, it's raining!)
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A solid chance someone will bite the dust before the end credits roll? Remains to be seen, but there is a fire and it's directed by Lasse Hallström who helped kill off Richard Jenkins in Dear John. A scenic, coastal location? Check! Cobie Smulders is the kindly local who asks if she's "liking Southport" around the thirty second mark and Hough takes the necessary pensive walk on the beach. Exhibit A:
The Last Song:
Nights in Rodanthe:
Message in a Bottle:
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There is, however, one major difference between this one and the other films. Instead of Sparks' preferred mode of transformation, the rowboat (see below), there is now a canoe. Exhibit B:
The Lucky One:
Watch the Safe Haven trailer below and see if you can spot all the Sparks staples.
Safe Haven arrives in theaters on February 8, 2013. In other words, your Valentine's Day plans, reluctant or otherwise.
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Celebrities including Sidney Poitier, Julianne Hough, Jennie Garth, Carmen Electra and Nicollette Sheridan all turned out to see the Ocean's Eleven star as he was honoured for his humanitarianism at the Carousel of Hope ball in Beverly Hills.
The black-tie fundraiser, which was compered by comedian Jay Leno, pulls in money for the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Colorado.
Singer Neil Diamond later took to the stage to perform, while guests also bid on luxury items including a Bora Bora wedding and tickets to designer fashion shows.
Style guru Stuart Weitzman has also recruited Battleship beauty Brooklyn Decker and AnnaSophia Robb for the exclusive Young Hollywood Cares Collection, which aims to raise funds for ovarian cancer research.
Announcing the news on her Twitter.com blog, Decker writes, "I designed a shoe for @stuart_weitzman and all the proceeds go to Cancer Research. Such a fun initiative w (with) @juliannehough @nikkireed_I_Am @ChloeGMoretz & AnnaSofia Robb (sic)."
Decker's black leather ankle boots feature gold cap-toes, while Twilight star Reed has created a black and burgundy calfskin platform pump with ankle strap, and Hough has designed a patent black lace-up oxford bootie.
Moretz has come up with a tan and navy calfskin menswear-style shoe, and Robb's stiletto pump features black pony hair and burgundy satin piping.
The former Dancing With the Stars dancer first met Seacrest in Hollywood in 2007 when mutual friends set them up, but Hough admits she was skeptical and grilled him on their first date.
She tells America's InStyle magazine, "I was reluctant because he is such an influential guy, and what if it didn't work out? Our first date, I was so nervous that I just sat there and interviewed him with questions like, 'Are you loyal?' and 'Are you close to your family?'"
The pair has been a couple ever since and the Rock of Ages star reveals they maintain their romance by taking culinary classes together, adding, "When we do see each other, we are super excited and do these cute and romantic things... I'm very in love, and it feels great."
But, the 24 year old admits their cooking hobby has a downside: "I'm 20 pounds heavier than I was when we started dating."
Oh Russell, Russell, Russell. Poor Russell Brand just will not learn, will he? According to UK's The Sun, Brand is now taking a shining to Spice Girl Geri Halliwell. The two met while working on the closing ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics and proves that three times a trend makes.
Confused? Well, Brand seems to--as of late--really enjoy the company of ladies he's met while working. Don't believe me? First, in 2007, there was an alleged 4-month fling with his Bedtime Stories costar Teresa Palmer. Then, of course, there was his ex-wife Katy Perry, whom he first met on the set of Get Him to the Greek (Perry had a scene in the film that was later cut), and then again when he was hosting the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
So if the word about Halliwell is true, our boy Brand here has a bit of a method to his lady-catching madness. But another thing we know about Brand is that love sometimes escapes him, and he must venture out to find new lady loves wherever he can. Lucky for Brand, he's working a whole bunch these days, so finding an on-set paramour may not be so difficult. Let's look at the potential options, shall we?
Russell Girlfriend Forecast No. 1: Kristen Wiig -
Well, could there be a funnier, janglier pair possible? Wiig and Brand are both voicing characters in the upcoming Despicable Me 2. And while we can't imagine Wiig falling for Brand's antics, we can imagine her brand (I know) of comedy throwing him for a bit of a loop. She's pretty and doesn't take herself too seriously--which seems to be something all the ladies above have in common. Maybe she will seduce him with her baby hands character from the SNL Lawrence Welk parodies. Probability of Potential: 22.71% - Brand might have to look elsewhere.
Russell Girlfriend Forecast No. 2: Everyone in the New Diablo Cody Movie -
Alright so there are a lot of lovely ladies rounding out cast of the as-yet-untitled Diablo Cody film, including Julianne Hough, Holly Hunter, and (please let this happen) Octavia Spencer. Hunter seems to be a bit older than Brand tends to go for, and if he didn't try to hook up with Hough on the set of Rock of Ages, we doubt he'll try now. But let's not count out the movie's writer/director: Diablo Cody is a fox. Plus, she's smart as a whip and while Brand is a bit of a lothario, he is by no means unintelligent. He's a wordmonger just as much as Cody. Plus, between wowing each other with their wits and general wittiness, they can both commiserate about being divorcees. You know what? We say these two crazy kids might actually be perfect for each other. Though we admittedly would love to see Octavia Spencer turn his world upside-down, though she's been quoted as saying that she's no longer single because she has "Oscar in her life." You know, that little gold statue from the Academy? Yeah...better to stick with Cody on this one. Probability of Potential: 72.44% - ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!
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With her perfect Barbie-doll looks and dazzling dance-floor moves, Hough became America's spinning sweetheart when she joined — and ultimately won — Dancing With the Stars. An aspiring entertainer from an early age, 10-year-old Hough left her Utah home to study at London's Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts; her efforts paid off when she became the first U.S.-born dancer to be crowned International Latin Youth Champion and Junior Blackpool World Latin Champion. Although she returned to Utah to finish high school, after graduation she headed to Los Angeles and quickly booked a gig as a sexy dancer on the short-lived game show Show Me the Money. From there she joined the DWTS tour as a company dancer. In a 42nd Street-like twist, when lead dancer Kym Johnson injured herself, Hough replaced her, twirling across the country with Season 1 DWTS contestant Joey MacIntyre. Her impressive work led to her addition to DWTS proper. She was paired with Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno in Season 4 and race-car driver Helio Castraneves in Season 5, winning back-to-back mirror-ball trophies. Proving that she's more than just a hoofer, Hough released her first country-music album in May 2008, with plans to open for country star Brad Paisley during his summer tour.
Attended Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, London, England