A true triple-threat, 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 virtually overnight as a two-time professional champion on ABC’s top-rated “Dancing With the Stars,” before making a seamless transition to award-winning recording artist and making her mark on the world of motion pictures, recognized by the National Association of Theatre Owners as Rising Star of the Year at the 2011 CinemaCon Conventions.
Julianne starred opposite Josh Duhamel in Nicholas Sparks’ “Safe Haven,” directed by Lasse Hallstrom, which topped the box-office on its Valentine’s Day opening and earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination. Prior to that, she starred opposite Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer in Diablo Cody’s "Paradise,” marking the Oscar-winning screenwriter’s directorial debut. She starred as Sherrie Christian, the female lead in the film adaptation of the international musical sensation, “Rock of Ages,” part of a superstar cast including Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, and Mary J. Blige. She made headlines by winning the coveted female lead role in Paramount’s 2011 remake of the classic movie musical, “Footloose,” and critics praised her performance in the film. She made her film debut in the star-studded ensemble of Screen Gems’ musical “Burlesque,” working alongside an all-star cast, including Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, and Cam Gigandet.
In the summer of 2014, Julianne and her brother, Derek, headlined their own all-new dance production, Move Live on Tour, which sold out in theaters across North America. The pair is also executive producing and serving as lead choreographers for “Blackpool,” an original series for Starz, set in the world of international competitive ballroom dancing.
A born entertainer, Julianne moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams after graduating from high school. Quickly earning a solid reputation for her talent, discipline, and professionalism, it took less than a month for her to land a job as a dancer on the ABC game show, “Show Me The Money,” and shortly thereafter joined the “Dancing With the Stars” tour as a company dancer before joining the cast of the hit series in the show’s fourth season, where she was paired with two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Apolo Anton Ohno. She toured with the troupe again, before returning to the hit show for seasons five through eight, pairing with Indy race champion Helio Castroneves, comedian Adam Carolla, actor Cody Linley, and country singer Chuck Wicks. Julianne remains the youngest dancer to have won the competition twice, with partners Ohno and Castroneves, and she earned Emmy nominations in 2008 and 2009 for Best Choreography for her work on the show. Her skills as a choreographer also led to a collaboration with Gwen Stefani on the singer’s “Wind It Up” video.
Julianne’s self-titled debut album, released by Universal Music Group Nashville in 2008, hit the Billboard Country charts at #1 and entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3, marking the highest debut for a country artist since 2006. Her first two singles from the album, “That Song in My Head” and “My Hallelujah Song,” 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. Hitting the road for the first time as a recording artist, Julianne opened for superstar Brad Paisley and later toured with George Strait, playing over 100 shows in 2009. Her second album, The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection, became an instant holiday classic for her legions of fans, distributed exclusively at Target.
In addition to her performing career, Julianne is also active in a wide range of philanthropic endeavors, charities, and humanitarian efforts. Julianne has joined forces with the Kind Campaign to create and host Kind Camp, empowering and encouraging girls to be confident, beautiful women, and to eradicate girl against girl bullying. Her charitable affiliations also include the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Clothes Off Our Back, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
An avid dog lover, she also supports numerous animal welfare causes.