Early Life and Breakthrough in Dancing
Julianne Alexandra Hough was born on July 20, 1988 in Orem, Utah, United States to parents Marianne and Bruce Hough. Her brother, Derek Hough, is also a professional dancer. She has three older sisters, Sharee, Marabeth, and Katherine. All four of her grandparents are also dancers.
She began her formal training at the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem, where she danced in Latin Ballroom. At the age of nine, she started joining in dance competitions. In 1999, at the age of 10, her divorcing parents sent her and her brother, Derek, to London to live and study with their coaches.
Following in her brother’s footsteps, she also enrolled at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts when a slot opened up. Together with her brother, they were trained in song, theatre, gymnastics, as well as many forms of dance, including jazz, ballet, and tap.
With her two siblings, they formed their own pop music trio called 2B1G when she was 12, where they performed at various dance competitions both in the UK and US. By the time she was 15, she became the youngest dancer, and only American, to win both Junior World Latin Champion and International Latin Youth Champion at the Blackpool Dance Festival.
She left London later that year for the United States. After returning to America, she attended the Las Vegas Academy and Alta High School. As a dancer, she was one of the “Million Dollar Dancers” in the television game show Show Me the Money. She went on to gain wider fame after winning the fourth season of Dancing with the Stars in 2007, alongside partner Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Apolo Ohno, where she served as the trainer and choreographer.
She once again won the following season of the show with partner three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Hélio Castroneves. She returned for the show’s sixth season with partner radio host/comedian Adam Carolla, though they were voted out in its fourth week. In 2009, she received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Choreography” for her Mambo “Para Los Rumberos” performed with partner Hélio Castroneves in Dancing with the Stars.
In 2008, she returned for the show’s seventh season where she was partnered with Hannah Montana actor Cody Linley. However, she was rushed to the hospital after the encore performance due to abdominal pains. She then underwent surgery to have her appendix removed, resulting to several missed performances. During her absence, Edyta Śliwińska stood in for her.
Following her recovery, she returned to the show, though she and her partner were eliminated in the Semifinals Competition. On November 20, 2008, she announced on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show that she would not return to Dancing with the Stars to further focus on her country music career. However, she still returned for the show’s eight season with then-boyfriend country singer Chuck Wicks. They were eliminated in the eight week of the competition and came in sixth place.
Acting Career and Plastic Surgery
As an actress, she made her screen debut in an uncredited role in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. She next appeared as Georgia in the 2010 film Burlesque. The following year, she made her first starring role as Ariel Moore in the 2011 remake of the classic film Footloose.
In 2012, she starred alongside Diego Boneta with an ensemble cast that includes Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Åkerman, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston and Alec Baldwin in the film Rock of Ages. In the film, she showcased both her dancing and singing skills. She then landed the female lead in the 2013 romantic drama Safe Haven, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. Later that year, she starred as Lamb Mannerhelm in the comedy-drama Paradise.
Since hitting the spotlight with her dance moves, people have been interested in what the 25-year-old dancer-singer-actress is up to. She’s just too charming to ignore that some people keep talking on some cosmetic procedures that Hough underwent to look the way she is now.
One persistent rumor that circulates is that Hough underwent a breast augmentation. Based on old photos, she clearly had a smaller cup size. While her breasts still look natural, the increase in size doesn’t seem to be natural as she hasn’t gained weight recently. Other reports also suggest that she’s had a nose job as well. Though not very conspicuous, Hough’s nose has gotten a little bit smaller. Or that could be just some lighting effect and make up tricks, who knows?