The adorable Julianne Hough lands the February cover of Cosmopolitan.ÃÂ In the interview, Hough reveals that she was abused mentally and physically while living in London as a young girl.ÃÂ She also discusses her relationship with Ryan Seacrest and her upcoming film, Safe Haven: a story of a girl who survives horrific abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend who eventually learns to open up and accept the love of a handsome widower played by Josh Duhamel (in theaters February 14th).
Hough on her time in the UK as a child where she studied dance at LondonÃ¢â¬â¢s prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Arts:
“I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer. I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love.”
With her parents an ocean away, Hough says the adults around her took advantage. “While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything,” she says. In what way or by whom exactly, she declines to say: “I’m a very forgiving person, and I don’t want to hurt anybody. What’s past is past.” A ripple of tension tightens a face that is always so relaxed and bright, like a sheet being pulled tight. It got worse, she says, “when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl.”
On not speaking much about the situation prior to now:
Ã¢â¬ÅThis is the farthest IÃ¢â¬â¢ve ever gotten into my London situation. 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, it was like, I canÃ¢â¬â¢t go back. I have to be this person.Ã¢â¬Â
On her upcoming film, Safe Haven:
On the set of Safe Haven, director Lasse Hallstrom called on Hough to improvise in ways sheÃ¢â¬â¢d never done before. He even asked her to speak, in character, on camera, about Ã¢â¬Åsome of the horrors she had been exposed to in LondonÃ¢â¬Â as a way of revealing her characterÃ¢â¬â¢s painful past. So one night, in a small house in the woods of North Carolina, [co-star Josh] Duhamel and Hough took off their clothes and got into bed. As the cameras rolled, Hough spoke for nearly an hour: Ã¢â¬ÅI went from bawling to containing to laughing to crying again. Josh was crying. I think it was the most therapeutic moment of my life.Ã¢â¬Â
Enjoy the trailer for ‘Safe Haven’ below! I hope that this movie is good. I loved ‘Dear John’ and HATED ‘The Vow’.