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Jenna Dewan Tatum: ‘Working out makes me feel so good’

Published 03/09/2016

Jenna Dewan Tatum
Jenna Dewan Tatum

Jenna Dewan Tatum believes her dance training impacts all aspects of her life, including her movie performances and even the way she walks.

Jenna Dewan Tatum feels “off and weird” if she misses a workout session.

The 35-year-old began her career as a back-up dancer for stars such as Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera before getting her big acting break playing a dancer alongside now-husband Channing Tatum in 2006 movie Step Up.

Now a mother to three-year-old daughter Everly, Jenna continues to ensure that dancing and exercising are a huge part of her life – so much so that she finds herself missing it if she has a day off from working up a sweat.

"I like to be physical, and workout and dance, because it makes me feel good," Jenna told Entertainment Tonight. “It really does. I grew up doing it - it is obviously something that is so natural for me that when I'm not doing that, I actually feel kind of off and weird."

Despite concentrating on her acting career in recent years, with roles in television shows like Supergirl under her belt, dancing will always be something Jenna enjoys.

She was recently named the new brand ambassador for dance and activewear clothing company Danskin and admitted that while she was somewhat nervous about breaking out her moves for her upcoming campaign for the line, she had faith in her body.

"I like to say, 'Once a dancer, always a dancer,'" she said. "In everything - the way you walk, the way you move, the way you talk, the way you sit - everything is just, you've been trained a certain way your whole life, so it's a bit muscle memory.

“It's maybe not quite what it was when you were doing it every day, but it does come back."

Jenna’s fall 2016 campaign for Danskin will debut in the October issues of U.S. magazines including Teen Vogue, Glamour and InStyle.

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