Julianne Hough is known to audiences around the world for her success in the worlds of film, television and music. She became a household name as a two-time professional champion on ABC’s top-rated Dancing with the Stars, before making a seamless transition into music and film.
Julianne starred opposite Josh Duhamel in Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven, directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Her other film credits also include Diablo Cody’s Paradise with Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer; Rock of Ages, with Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Mary J. Blige; the 2011 remake of the classic movie musical, Footloose, and Burlesque, working alongside Cher, Christina Aguilera and Kristen Bell.
This summer, Julianne and her brother, Derek, headlined their own all-new dance production, Move Live on Tour, which sold out theatres across North America. The pair also recently announced plans to develop Blackpool, an original series for Starz, set in the world of international competitive ballroom dancing.
Julianne got her start with Dancing with the Stars as a company dancer before joining the cast in the show’s fourth season, where she would go on to win the trophy with two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Apolo Anton Ohno and Indy race champion Helio Castroneves, earning Emmy® nominations in 2008 and 2009 for her choreography.
Her self-titled debut album hit the Billboard Country charts at #1 and her first two singles from the album soared up the country charts and she earned her first two 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards for Top New Female Vocalist and Top New Artist. She has released two top-selling fitness DVDs, Cardio Ballroom and Just Dance! She created her own shoe line, Julianne Hough for Sole Society and is an international spokesperson for Proactiv.
In addition to her performing career, Julianne is involved with the Kind Campaign, which empowers and encourages girls to be confident, beautiful women and to eradicate girl against girl bullying.