Julianne Hough: Triple Threat
Audiences are cheering for this summer’s biggest movie-musical, “Rock of Ages,” now playing in theaters everywhere. While a lot of viewers are buying their tickets to see Tom Cruise sing on stage or to giggle at Alec Baldwin’s ’80s rocker hair, another big draw is rising star Julianne Hough. The blonde beauty has made a name for herself as a dancer, singer and actress, and she’s only 24!
Hough first popped up on everyone’s radar when appeared as a professional ballroom dancer on the hit ABC reality content series “Dancing With the Stars.” She was still a teenager when she started the show in 2005, but she had the poise and professionalism of a much more experienced dancer. Her bubbly personality won over the audience, and she took home the coveted mirror ball trophy twice, with skater Apolo Anton Ohno and racecar driver Helio Castroneves.
Hough soon took her “Dancing” fame and used it to further a budding singing career. In 2008 she released a self-titled country album. Her vocal ability only added to her appeal.
It’s movies that are Hough’s main focus these days. She first appeared in the not-so-successful Christina Aguilera musical “Burlesque” (2010), and then she put her killer dance skills to good use in the recent “Footloose” remake (2011). Her offscreen relationship with TV host Ryan Seacrest pushed her further into the Hollywood spotlight.
Three seems to be the charm for Hough when it comes to movies. She stars in the Broadway musical adaptation “Rock of Ages” as Sherrie Christian, a young woman looking for fame in 1987 Los Angeles. Along the way she finds love with aspiring musician Drew Boley (Diego Boneta), but her attraction to rocker Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) complicates things. This film finally allows all three facets of Hough’s talent to shine. She stretches her acting muscles in a solid supporting role while also wowing audiences with her strong voice and powerful dance moves.
In the July issue of Glamour, Hough explains that she feels she has lived four lives: “My life in Utah growing up, my life in London and ballroom dancing, my ‘Dancing With the Stars’ life, and now this.” Her fourth life certainly looks like it’s going pretty well for her. At just 24, she’s already established a notable dancing career, released an album, and starred in three well-known movies which show off her range of talents.
It’s not over yet for Hough. Her next project is the Diablo Cody-penned film “Lamb of God,” in which she plays a devout Christian who rejects God and discovers herself in Las Vegas after a devastating plane crash. It sounds like a far cry from big hair and electric guitars. If her previous work is any indication, Hough has a few surprises up her sleeve.