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.
Julianne recent big screen credits include Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven, Diablo Cody’s Paradise, the female lead in the film adaptation of the international musical sensation, Rock of Ages, Footloose, and Burlesque.
A born entertainer, Julianne Hough (pronounced “Huff”) always loved singing, dancing and acting. At age 10, she was presented with an opportunity to study performing arts in London, which established her fierce independence and was the beginning of a period of intense training and education. She returned to Utah after graduating high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of a career in entertainment.
It took less than a month for Julianne 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. Hough 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.
Most recently, Hough wrapped up her first season as a fourth judge on Dancing with the Stars for its 19th season and she will be back on the panel for the show’s 20th season.
In 2008, Julianne’s self-titled debut album hit the Billboard Country charts at #1 and entered the Billboard 200 at #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. Her second album, The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection, became an instant holiday classic for her legions of fans.
She created her own shoe line, Julianne Hough for Sole Society, a collaboration with footwear designer Vince Camuto and is highly sought-after in the world of commercials and endorsements, working with Proactiv Solution, the Got Milk? Campaign and Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit.
In addition to her performing career, Julianne is also active in a wide range of philanthropic endeavors. Julianne joined forces with the Kind Campaign to create and host Kind Camp. 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.