Jenna Dewan

Jenna Dewan

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Jenna Lee Dewan-Tatum (née Dewan; born December 3, 1980) is an American actress and dancer. She began her career as a background dancer for artists including Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, and Christina Aguilera. She is best known for her role as Nora in the film Step Up. She has also appeared in the short-lived NBC series The Playboy Club and had a recurring role on the FX series American Horror Story: Asylum. Dewan-Tatum has been married to actor Channing Tatum since 2009 and currently stars on the Lifetime series Witches of East End.

 

Early Life

Dewan-Tatum was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of Nancy Bursch Smith (née Bursch) and Darryll Dewan, who was a running back on the 1972 Notre Dame football team. Her father is of Lebanese and Polish descent and her mother is of German and English ancestry. Her parents divorced when Jenna was young and her mother remarried Claude Brooks Smith. During high school at Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas, Dewan-Tatum was a varsity cheerleader. She graduated in 1999 and was voted prom queen her senior year. She went to University of Southern California and was a member of the California Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi.

 

Dancing

Prior to her acting career, Dewan-Tatum was a background dancer, working with singers such as Janet Jackson, ‘N Sync, Sean Combs, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, Pink, Missy Elliott, Ricky Martin and Billy Crawford. In 2001 she appeared in Janet Jackson’s music video All for You and toured with Jackson on her All for You Tour, as well as on ‘Nsync’s Popodyssey Tour. Dewan-Tatum appeared in a bit role as a backup dancer in the film The Hot Chick. Dewan-Tatum was also featured in Christina Aguilera’s music video for the single Not Myself Tonight in 2010.

 

Acting

In 2004, Dewan-Tatum made her acting debut on the Fox sitcom television series Quintuplets. Dewan-Tatum has guest-appeared on The Young and the Restless, Joey and Melrose Place. In 2005, Dewan-Tatum portrayed the protagonist in the independent medium-budget supernatural horror film Tamara. In 2006, Dewan made appearances in The Grudge 2 and Take the Lead. That same year Dewan-Tatum starred as the female lead in the dance drama Step Up as Nora Clark, a dance student partnered with a troubled student who is sent to spend his community service as a janitor. The film made $119 million worldwide.

In August 2008, Dewan-Tatum starred in the Lifetime made-for-television film Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal which follows five rule-breaking teens. Dewan-Tatum portrayed the role of disciplinarian Coach Emma Carr. In November 2009, Dewan-Tatum appeared in the straight-to-DVD comedy American Virgin alongside Rob Schneider.

In August 2010, Dewan-Tatum was cast in the ensemble crime heist film Setup. Production began in November 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The film was to be released theatrically in July 2011 but was released straight to DVD in September 2011.

In March 2011, Dewan-Tatum was cast in the NBC pilot of The Playboy Club. In May 2011, NBC picked up the series for a full season. Dewan-Tatum portrayed the role of Bunny Janie, a provocative Playboy bunny who works at a Playboy Club in Chicago in 1961. The series premiered on September 19 to 5.2 million viewers with mixed reviews from critics. Due to low ratings, NBC cancelled the series after just three episodes in October 2011.

In November 2011, Dewan-Tatum, starred in the movie “The Jerk Theory.” This was first released in Germany in 2009. It was later released in the USA in November 2011.

Dewan-Tatum appeared in the romantic-comedy film 10 Years, produced by her husband Channing Tatum. The film was released on September 14, 2012. Dewan-Tatum will star in upcoming Lifetime series Witches of East End. In 2012, Dewan-Tatum appeared in American Horror Story: Asylum, the second season of the horror television series, as Teresa Morrison.

 

33andOut Productions

Along with friends Reid Carolin, Adam Martingano, Brett Rodriguez and husband Channing Tatum, Dewan-Tatum started a production company called 33andOut Productions. Their first production is a documentary called; Earth Made of Glass, that follows Rwandan President Paul Kagame and genocide survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu. It premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

 

Personal Life

In 2006, Dewan-Tatum met actor Channing Tatum on the set of their movie Step Up. They began dating shortly after filming had finished. The couple became engaged in early September 2008 in Maui, and married on July 11, 2009, at Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California. Their daughter, Everly Elizabeth Maiselle was born on May 31, 2013 in London, England.

Dewan-Tatum is an animal rights activist and a vegan.

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