Julianne Hough: Over Ryan Seacrest, Fake Smiles And Bullies!


What has helped Julianne Hough soar after Dancing With the Stars? Coming to terms with her past and ditching the compulsion to be perfect. The first step, she says: No more fake smiles, ever.

Check out the highlights from the Redbook interview below:

Julianne Hough on how her current relationship is different from previous ones, especially the one with Ryan Seacrest:
“Every relationship, there was nothing wrong or bad, but there was nothing right. I had one foot out because I didn’t want to get hurt. And I didn’t say what was on my mind because I didn’t want to ruffle any feathers. I needed to be perfect. Now I’m not holding anything back because I’d rather get my heart broken than never know what it is to be completely, madly in love. If I had been this open in my last relationship, who knows?”

On what changed her outlook on relationships:
“I had this epiphany when my family went to a six-day seminar [last November] about creating your own destiny. I was not into it at first, but I learned so much about myself and why my relationships didn’t work that by the end I was on a high. I was seeing a couple people, but immediately [pretends to text guys], ‘You are nice, but this is going nowhere.’ The next day my Curve co-star introduced [Brooks and me]. It couldn’t have been a better time. We’ve been open and honest from day one.”

The negative experiences she had when she was younger:
“I bullied in high school big-time. I had just come back from London (where she trained with professional ballroom dancers) and was the new kid. People looked at me like, she thinks she’s all that. And because I didn’t know how to talk to them, maybe I did come across that way? I don’t know. I got asked to prom by a guy, and he ended up ditching me that day because the girls had told him to do it.”

Why she bonded with Diablo Cody:
“She might be a badass, but she’s also the biggest softie. I think that’s why we bonded, because we both felt like we have to [seem] tough. Today, girls have to be strong and powerful. I’m a feminist; I believe that we should all be equal. But there’s a difference between finding power in being feminine and putting on a fake masculine front.”


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