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Friday 19 December 2014

Julianne Hough: I grew up too early

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Julianne Hough
4th Annual Open Hearts Gala in Malibu, Los Angeles, America - 10 May 2014
Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough didn't like having to wear dresses designed for much older women when she was at dance school.

The 25-year-old and her dancer brother Derek, 29, grew up in Utah but moved to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London when their parents divorced. It meant leaving their family behind when Julianne was just ten and Derek was 13.

Looking back, it meant the blonde star had to grow up much faster than she wanted to, wearing ballroom dancing outfits designed for much older women.

"It was weird the first time I tried on one of my dresses and it had boob cups," she admitted to People magazine. "I remember pressing the boob cup in and it would stay, because I was as flat as a pancake."

Performing professionally also meant Julianne spent a lot of time in hair and make-up. She reflects that it's "sad" she has no pictures of her ten-year-old self with a "cute, bare face".

The star also struggled when she hit puberty, finding it hard to deal with her body's changes so far away from home and in an interview with Cosmopolitan admitted she had been subjected to abuse while at school.

It might have been tough, but Derek and Julianne's time at the boarding school means they have now found success. Julianne has starred in films such as Safe Haven, while her brother works on Dancing with the Stars.

The talented pair stay in great shape for their work and Julianne says hitting the gym also gives her higher self-esteem.

"If you don't have confidence, regardless of your body, you can't work the short shorts," she admitted to Parade magazine. "Working out definitely helps, too! I do lots of cardio and butt and leg lifts."

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