Life hasn't always been kind to Julianne Hough.
The actress and girlfriend of Ryan Seacrest stars in the upcoming movie Safe Haven, in which she plays a girl who survives an abusive ex-boyfriend and accepts the love of a widower, played by Josh Duhamel. The topic of abuse is something that hits close to home for Julianne; she revealed in an interview with Cosmopolitan that she was abused "mentally, physically, everything" as a child by her dance instructors.
At the age of 10, Julianne left her parents in Utah and went to study dance in London. While attending the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Arts, she says the lack of parental supervision led her instructors to take advantage of her and only got worse when she hit puberty. "I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer," she said. "I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy façade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl."
Julianne ultimately moved forward with her life, but said the painful child memories surfaced while shooting a scene in her latest movie. "I went from bawling to containing to laughing to crying again," she said. "Josh was crying. I think it was the most therapeutic moment of my life."
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