Julianne Hough Drew On Real-Life Abuse Experience For ‘Safe Haven’ Character

julianne hough for cosmo feb 2013

Julianne Hough rocked an edgy look for her Cosmopolitan cover! Cosmo may be known as a light, fun, and, above all, sexy, magazine, but Julianne’s interview with them was actually very serious. In her new movie, ‘Safe Haven,’ Julianne’s character is abused. It turns out she had real-life experience to draw from.

On her time in the UK as a child where she studied dance at London’s prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Arts: “I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer. I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love.”

With her parents an ocean away, Hough says the adults around her took advantage. “While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything,” she says. In what way or by whom exactly, she declines to say: “I’m a very forgiving person, and I don’t want to hurt anybody. What’s past is past.” A ripple of tension tightens a face that is always so relaxed and bright, like a sheet being pulled tight. It got worse, she says, “when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl.”

On not speaking much about the situation prior to now: “This is the farthest I’ve ever gotten into my London situation. 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 s*ut. So, it was like, I can’t go back. I have to be this person.”

What a nightmarish situation! This is why parents are so scared to send their kids away. It’s horrible Julianne had to experience that. You can read how Julianne finally got out of the situation, as well as learn more about her movie ‘Safe Haven’ (in theaters on February 14) in the February issue of Cosmopolitan, which will be available on January 8.


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