Julianne Hough is a true triple-threat, well known to audiences around the world for her success in the worlds of film, television and music. Hough (pronounced “Huff”) became a household name virtually overnight as a two-time professional champion on ABC’s top-rated series “Dancing with the Stars.” She then made a seamless transition to award-winning recording artist and is quickly making her mark on the world of motion pictures. At the 2011 CinemaCon Convention, Hough was recognized by the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) as Rising Star of the Year.
The actress recently completed her leading role in an as-yet-untitled Diablo Cody project that marks the Oscar-winning screenwriter’s directorial debut. The film co-stars Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer.
A born entertainer, Hough has 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 at age 15 and, after graduating high school, moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of a career in entertainment.
Quickly earning a reputation for talent, discipline and professionalism, it took less than a month for Hough to land a job as a dancer on the ABC game show “Show Me the Money.” Shortly thereafter she joined the “Dancing with the Stars” tour as a company dancer. In the hit series’ fourth season, she joined the cast and was paired with speed skater and two-time Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno. Hough toured with the troupe again before returning for seasons 5 through 8. She was paired with IndyCar racing champion Helio Castroneves, comedian Adam Carolla, actor Cody Linley and country singer Chuck Wicks.
Hough remains the youngest dancer to win “Dancing with the Stars” twice (with partners Ohno and Castroneves). For her work on the show, she earned Emmy nominations for Best Choreography in 2008 and 2009. Hough’s skills as a choreographer also led to a collaboration with Gwen Stefani on the singer’s “Wind It Up” video.
Hough made her film debut in the star-studded ensemble BURLESQUE, a dramatic musical. She worked alongside an all-star cast including Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Eric Dane, Kristen Bell and Cam Gigandet. Next, Hough played the female lead in Craig Brewer’s remake of the classic movie musical FOOTLOOSE. Co-starring Kenny Wormald, the film grossed more than $60 million worldwide.
Hough went on to win another highly coveted role in ROCK OF AGES, Adam Shankman’s film adaptation of the international musical sensation. She played female lead Sherrie Christian opposite Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Mary J. Blige.
Hough’s self-titled debut album hit the Billboard Country charts at No. 1 and entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3, marking the highest debut for a country artist since 2006. She won a pair of 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards (Top New Female Vocalist and Top New Artist). Hitting the road for the first time as a recording artist, Hough played more than 100 shows in 2009. She opened for superstar Brad Paisley and toured with George Strait.
Hough is highly sought-after in the world of commercials and endorsements. She is an international spokesperson for Proactiv Solution and Venus Embrace, co-authoring the “Goddess Guide to Getting Closer” for the company’s 2009 marketing campaign. She was featured in the iconic “Got Milk?” campaign and sang an updated version of the Juicy Fruit gum theme “The Taste is Gonna Move Ya.”
Hough sang in “We Are the World 25 for Haiti,” an all-star update to the classic 1985 philanthropic anthem. This charity single benefitted Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti. It featured such music legends as Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion and Gladys Knight as well as contemporary superstars including Will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Pink, Fergie and Kanye West.
Hough is active in a range of philanthropic endeavors, charities and humanitarian efforts including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Clothes Off Our Back and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. An avid dog lover, she supports numerous animal welfare causes and serves on the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet.