Julianne Hough sings and dances like there’s no tomorrow. Her extravagant smile and beauty are two of her most captivating features. She is talented, young, dates Ryan Seacrest, and has the entire world at her feet. However, Hough did not always experience this euphoric state of being, because in her past, she was “mentally [and] physically” abused by adults who took advantage of her during her dance studies at London’s Italia Conti Academy of Arts.
In the latest issue of Cosmopolitan, Hough says, “While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything. When I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl. I was told if I ever went back to the United States, three things were going to happen. One: I was going to amount to nothing. Two: I was going to work at Whataburger. And three: I was going to end up a slut. So, I was like, I can’t go back. I have to be this person.”
The wounds in Hough’s beautiful presence were only revealed during a scene construction in her upcoming film Safe Haven. Hough plays an abuse victim in her latest film, and when the director asked her to open up and connect with her character, the “horrors” of her past in London came flooding back. “I went from bawling to containing to laughing to crying again. Josh [Duhamel] was crying. I think it was the most therapeutic moment of my life,” Hough reveals.
Today, Hough is part of young Hollywood and is one of the most sought after actresses in the entire world. She is, after all, a triple threat – she can sing, she can dance, and she can act; a very, very rare combination of talents. As they say, “Only the most scarred carry the biggest smile.”