100 Days of Jules, Day 20: Everything We Know About Julianne’s First Fiancé

She was engaged at 18.

Here is where I attempt to blog about Julianne Hough for 100 days straight. This was inspired by Allie Jones’ 500 blogs on Kristin Cavallari, a much funnier read.

If you don’t know, Julianne Hough was once an 18-year-old engaged Mormon. (Her Wikipedia page makes no mention of this, but I never forget.) She was engaged to Zack Wilson, a dancer from Utah, from 2006-2007. This is what I know about him after hours of research:

According to The Seattle Times, Julianne and Zack met at their Salt Lake City dance studio when she was 9 and he was 14. (I cannot find said Seattle Times article.) He proposed on Christmas Eve (I believe 2006), according to The Seattle Times. That would make Julianne 18 years old and him 23 or so. They planned on having a Mormon ceremony in Utah.

They postponed the wedding in late 2007, but said they were still together.

In early 2008, Zack competed on Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, a spinoff of Dancing With The Stars. Contestants competed in singing and dancing and Zack won. His winnings landed him a gig with High School Musical 3, where he had to learn Zac Efron’s dances while Zac was filming another movie and then teach the dances to Zac once he returned to the HSM3 set.

During season 6 of DWTS in March 2008, Zack sat in the DWTS audience while Julianne danced alongside Adam Carolla. Julianne’s father very much wanted Julianne and Zack to end up together, according to TV Guide.

“You know, I think that’s what everybody wants,” Zack said, according to this article, “including me and her. But right now, she’s just trying to focus on getting her album out and getting her career set. And I am, too. We talk on the phone all the time and we see each other as much as we can. But we’re not trying to get too serious with anything like that right now.”

In an article on deseret.com, the journalist writes that Julianne and Zack were engaged twice. (I cannot find any other mention of this.)

Julianne’s debut album came out in May 2008 and she joined Brad Paisley on tour, where she met country singer Chuck Wicks. There is no more information about Julianne and Zack breaking up for good, but Julianne began dating country singer Chuck Wicks in August 2008.

In 2012, Julianne reflected on her first engagement.

“He was a great guy — I’d known him since I was 9,” Julianne told Glamour, according to US Weekly. “But I needed to figure myself out more, and so I moved to L.A. and we ended it. And actually, he ended up marrying my childhood best friend, and now they have a kid together. It was a little weird when it happened, but they’re a great couple!”

I did find the new wife and she and Zack are still very much together and Mormon.

100 Days of Jules, Day 19: Don’t Work at Whataburger!

Are there Whataburgers in Utah?

Here is where I attempt to blog about Julianne Hough for 100 days straight. This was inspired by Allie Jones’ 500 blogs on Kristin Cavallari, a much funnier read.

In February 2013, Julianne Hough graced the cover of Cosmo, where she opened up about the abuse she faced while dancing in London as a pre-teen and teenager.

However, when she turned 15, she wanted to return to Utah and give up on her professional dancing career in London and go to a normal high school. She tells Cosmo that everyone thought she was crazy.

“You can kind of hear the quiver in my voice….” She pauses but only a beat. She’s going to nail this move, even if her ankle is broken and her feet blistered. “This is the farthest I’ve ever gotten into my London situation,” she says. “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 can’t go back. I have to be this person.”

I can’t get over the choice of Whataburger. I just looked it up. There is no Whataburger in Utah. Who in London knew about Whataburger to warn her against working there? I mean of all fast food joints to choose from, you would obviously choose McDonald’s? Possibly Subway? THERE ISN’T EVEN A WHATABURGER IN UTAH, IM CALLING THE COPS ON THE MADE-UP STORY!!!!

100 Days of Jules, Day 18: "Too bad the movie wasn’t this interesting"

E! online is savage.

Here is where I attempt to blog about Julianne Hough for 100 days straight. This was inspired by Allie Jones’ 500 blogs on Kristin Cavallari, a much funnier read.

In 2010, Christina Aguilera starred alongside icons Cher and Julianne Hough in the movie Burlesque. I once tried to watch this movie and couldn’t get through it because I think Julianne would have been a better lead for the role than Christina, but no one asked me.

Well, apparently the two blondes did not get along because in 2011 at a pre-Golden Globes party, Christina and Julianne ran into each other and Christina was furious Julianne was there. According to E!, Christina “really got in (Julianne’s) face,” and even grabbed her. Julianne yelled, “Don’t touch me!”

An insider who saw the whole thing said, “The whole thing was troubling. People felt bad for Julianne.”

The best part of the E! article is the very last line to sum up the brawl between the two Burlesque stars.

“Too bad the movie wasn’t this interesting.”

AMAZING!!!

100 Days of Jules, Day 17: In Footloose, She Really Got To Act

REALLY act.

Here is where I attempt to blog about Julianne Hough for 100 days straight. This was inspired by Allie Jones’ 500 blogs on Kristin Cavallari, a much funnier read.

You may know Julianne Hough as a dancer. Or maybe even as a country singer. But in 2011, she stormed the room and became an actor and starred in Footloose, a movie where she really got to act. Don’t take it from me. Read this quote from an interview when the reporter asks if it was daunting to act in a real movie.

“It wasn’t daunting at all,” she says with a bit of an attitude. “In fact, it was exciting and fun. A lot of people don’t know this, but this is the career path that I’ve always wanted and I’ve been dancing, singing, and acting as long as — well I’ve been singing and acting as long as I’ve been dancing. I’ve just always had the opportunities with the dancing and that’s how people discovered me. But I’ve always wanted to act and I couldn’t think of a better movie to expose myself and you know, like, I get to really act.”

That, in fact, she does. She really gets to act.

100 Days of Jules, Day 16: Julianne Was Up For The Role in Gone Girl

This anecdote haunts me.

Here is where I attempt to blog about Julianne Hough for 100 days straight. This was inspired by Allie Jones’ 500 blogs on Kristin Cavallari, a much funnier read.

I know what you’re thinking. That kind of makes sense. Julianne Hough would have been a good mistress, the character that Emily Ratajkowski ended up playing.

But that’s not the news I’m here to deliver.

Julianne Hough auditioned and was reportedly up for the role of the wife/ex-wife/crazy woman.

If you have ever seen Gone Girl, then you know it’s a great movie and a movie I’m just not positive Julianne Hough could have pulled it off. I mean Rosamund Pike so beautifully played a normal person turned crazy woman who you feared. (I also haven’t seen this movie in awhile, but I think I’m remembering it correctly. We were supposed to fear her, right?) Julianne Hough plays characters who are innocent but want to be bad — not women who fake their own murder.

100 Days of Jules, Day 15: Derek Can Teach You How To Dance Sexually With His Sister

Thank you, Derek, for the lesson.

Here is where I attempt to blog about Julianne Hough for 100 days straight. This was inspired by Allie Jones’ 500 blogs on Kristin Cavallari, a much funnier read.

In case you have forgotten, Julianne Hough was 18 years old during her first season of Dancing With The Stars. Her “star” partner was Apolo Onho, a speed skater, I think? Well during week six, the couple was assigned to dance the rumba, which according to someone, the rumba is “the woman’s bedroom dance.”

So Julianne is telling Apolo that they have to be sexy together and Apolo tells the camera that the two are more like brother and sister, so it’s going to be hard to dance sexy with her.

LOL!!!!!!! YOU MUST NOT KNOW HOW JULIANNE DANCES WITH HER BROTHER!!!!!

Julianne then brings in her brother Derek and tells Apolo, listen, I’ve danced the rumba with my own brother Derek, so I know we can do it. Derek shows Apolo some moves and says “bite the bullet” and be sexy with my sister, basically (give and take some words).

Here is a video of Julianne and Derek doing the rumba together, NSFW.

Apolo and Julianne end up pulling it off (pls, Apolo don’t act like you weren’t into 18yo Julianne) and I guess Derek impressed the producers enough because eventually he became a dancer on the show. Wow, family fun!

100 Days of Jules, Day 14: This Savage NYT Review of Footloose Only Mentions Hough Once

She left a lasting impression with The New York Times.

Here is where I attempt to blog about Julianne Hough for 100 days straight. This was inspired by Allie Jones’ 500 blogs on Kristin Cavallari, a much funnier read.

While doing my due diligence as a bad blogger reporter, I came across The New York Times review of the 2011 remake of Footloose.

There are so many things WRONG with the review. First, it basically says that the movie is bad (wow, i am so offended, nyt), then it says Kenny Wormald, who plays Ren McCormick didn’t do a good job, which is so wrong, Kenny is literally an amazing dancer and a fine actor and also so hot, wow, do you remember that reality show Dance Life on MTV? Kenny was a dancer on it and at the time he was dating Ashley from the Pussycat Dolls and it was an AMAZING show and Kenny is amazing and so hot, did I mention that, he deserved more from NYT, smh.

BUT WOW, JULES MUST HAVE PISSED SOMEONE OFF because the 615-word review mentions her only once!!!!! Just to basically say yes, she was in the movie, but does not review her performance at all, i am laughing, like, she’s the star of the movie, like obviously Kenny is but Julianne was already famous at this point and this was her first big acting role and NYT didn’t even bother to review her performance. (Miles Teller, however, got like an entire paragraph, ok, calm down, he’s fine.)

So because I am constantly picking up NYT’s slack, I will review Hough’s performance for them.

*puts on newsboy cap to write seriously*

Julianne Hough plays Ariel Moore, a troubled preacher’s daughter, whose brother’s death caused the town’s authorities to officially outlaw dancing. To no one’s surprise, considering she’s a two-time Dancing With The Stars champion, Hough more than delivers when it comes to the dancing scenes. But more than that, Hough is convincing as a high school senior looking to escape her hometown. In real life Hough is the daughter of a Mormon politician, so it’s likely she had a lot to draw from, but opposite Kenny Wormald, Hough comes alive on screen.

THERE YOU GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

100 Days of Jules, Day 13: We’re All Fat And Going To Die Alone

She lost weight for Footloose. My god.

Here is where I attempt to blog about Julianne Hough for 100 days straight. This was inspired by Allie Jones’ 500 blogs on Kristin Cavallari, a much funnier read.

I am embarrassed to tell you how many Google and YouTube searches I did before I found this one trivial piece of information that I have thought about every month for the past nine years.

Julianne Hough lost weight to look more like a 17-year-old for her role in Footloose.

“I worked out really hard so that my body looked like a 17-year-old,” Julianne tells some interviewer about what changes she went through to become Ariel in Footloose. “I was a lot smaller.”

The MOST Julianne Hough has ever weighed in her life (if I had to guess) would be 120. 120 pounds has to be Julianne Hough fat, there is zero way she has ever weighed more. Which if you know anything about women’s bodies, that is not fat at all. SO THE FACT SHE LOST WEIGHT TO LOOK MORE LIKE A HIGH SCHOOLER MEANS SHE PROB GOT DOWN TO LIKE 105 (IF I HAD TO GUESS), WHICH MEANS THE REST OF US ARE FAT AND GOING TO DIE ALONE.

100 Days of Jules, Day 12: "I’m Not Married"

I’m sure Ryan Seacrest was thrilled to hear this.

Here is where I attempt to blog about Julianne Hough for 100 days straight. This was inspired by Allie Jones’ 500 blogs on Kristin Cavallari, a much funnier read.

During Footloose’s media tour, an interviewer asks Julianne’s Footloose co-star Kenny Wormald (he is very hot, btw) if he is single.

He responds no he isn’t and then the interviewer says he just broke so many hearts. He shrugs and says, “Eh, you know, I’m not married, though.”

Julianne laughs and corrects him on what he should have said. Kenny then flips it on Julianne and asks her if she is single (IN KIND OF A FLIRTATIOUS WAY??????), even though we all know she is not at this time, she is very publicly dating media giant Ryan Seacrest.

“I’m not married,” she responds.

I can only imagine how thrilled Ryan Seacrest was when he saw this, upside down smiley.

Clearly, our girl Jules has never enjoyed labels and has maybe never wanted to be married???????

100 Days of Jules, Day 11: How Old Do You Think Jules Is?

Older than you think.

Here is where I attempt to blog about Julianne Hough for 100 days straight. This was inspired by Allie Jones’ 500 blogs on Kristin Cavallari, a much funnier read.

Take a guess.

Maybe 35?

37?

This is your official reminder that Julianne Alexandra Hough is only 31 years old.

The thing is she feels much older. And that’s because she became famous when she was 18 years old and competed on and won her first season of Dancing With The Stars. She didn’t seem 18 at the time because she looked and danced like she was 25. And also because she was engaged and being accused of breaking up marriages.

So since she’s been in the spotlight for 13 years and you thought she was 25 when you first met her, you would assume she’s 38 by now, close to the age of the Kardashian sisters. But really she’s only one year older than Taylor Swift. She’s Elizabeth Olsen’s age. Michael Cera’s age. She is a spring chicken and we are all old and dying.