Jenna Dewan

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Jenna Dewan
BornJenna Lee Dewan
(1980-12-03) December 3, 1980 (age 34)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Other namesJenna Dewan-Tatum[1]
Jenna Dewan Tatum[2]
OccupationActress, dancer, businesswoman
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Channing Tatum (m. 2009)
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Jenna Dewan
BornJenna Lee Dewan
(1980-12-03) December 3, 1980 (age 34)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Other namesJenna Dewan-Tatum[1]
Jenna Dewan Tatum[2]
OccupationActress, dancer, businesswoman
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Channing Tatum (m. 2009)

Jenna Lee Dewan-Tatum (née Dewan; born December 3, 1980) is an American actress and dancer. She began her career as a backing dancer for Janet Jackson, and later worked with artists including Pink, Missy Elliott, and Christina Aguilera. She is known for her role as Nora in the 2006 film Step Up. She has also starred on the short-lived NBC series The Playboy Club and had a recurring role on the FX series American Horror Story: Asylum. She was Freya Beauchamp on the Lifetime series Witches of East End. Dewan has been married to actor Channing Tatum since 2009.

Early life[edit]

Dewan was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of Nancy Smith (née Bursch) and Darryll Dewan, who was a running back on the 1972 Notre Dame football team.[3] Her father is of Lebanese and Polish descent and her mother is of German and English ancestry.[4][5][6] Her parents divorced when she was young and her mother remarried Claude Brooks Smith. During high school at Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas, Dewan-Tatum was a varsity cheerleader. She graduated in 1999 and was voted prom queen her senior year. She went to University of Southern California and was a member of the California Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi.



Prior to her acting career, Dewan was a background dancer, working with singers such as Janet Jackson, 'N Sync, Sean Combs, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, Pink, Missy Elliott, Ricky Martin, and Billy Crawford. Dewan-Tatum appeared in a bit role as a backup dancer in the film The Hot Chick. She was also featured in Christina Aguilera's music video for the single "Not Myself Tonight" in 2010.

Dewan first appeared in Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" video, and later in "All for You" and the All for You Tour.[7] Dewan credits working with Jackson for aiding her career, allowing her to later work with many other artists and giving her the experience necessary to co-star in the dance film Step Up.[8]


Dewan at the71st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon 2012

In 2004, Dewan made her acting debut on the Fox sitcom television series Quintuplets. She has guest-appeared on The Young and the Restless, Joey and Melrose Place. In 2005, Dewan portrayed the protagonist in the independent medium-budget supernatural horror film Tamara. In 2006, she made appearances in The Grudge 2 and Take the Lead. That same year, Dewan starred as the female lead in the dance drama Step Up as Nora Clark, a dance student partnered with a troubled student who is sent to spend his community service as a janitor. The film made $119 million worldwide.

In August 2008, Dewan starred in the Lifetime made-for-television film Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal which follows five rule-breaking teens. She portrayed the role of disciplinarian Coach Emma Carr. In November 2009, she appeared in the straight-to-DVD comedy American Virgin alongside Rob Schneider.

In August 2010, Dewan was cast in the ensemble crime heist film Setup. Production began in November 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The film was to be released theatrically in July 2011 but was released straight to DVD in September 2011.[9]

In March 2011, Dewan was cast in the NBC pilot of The Playboy Club. In May 2011, NBC picked up the series for a full season. She portrayed the role of Bunny Janie, a provocative Playboy bunny who works at a Playboy Club in Chicago in 1961. The series premiered on September 19 to 5.2 million viewers with mixed reviews from critics. Due to low ratings, NBC cancelled the series after just three episodes in October 2011.[10]

In November 2011, Dewan starred in the film The Jerk Theory. This was first released in Germany in 2009. It was later released in the US in November 2011.[11]

Dewan appeared in the romantic-comedy film 10 Years, produced by her husband Channing Tatum. The film was released on September 14, 2012. That same year, she appeared in American Horror Story: Asylum, the second season of the horror television series, as Teresa Morrison.

In 2013, Dewan began starring in the Lifetime series Witches of East End as Freya Beauchamp, one of the lead characters.[12]

33andOut Productions[edit]

Along with friends Reid Carolin, Adam Martingano, Brett Rodriguez[13] and husband Channing Tatum, Dewan started a production company called 33andOut Productions.[14] Their first production is a documentary called Earth Made of Glass that follows Rwandan President Paul Kagame and genocide survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu. It premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Dewan with husband Channing Tatum in 2010.

In 2006, Dewan met actor Channing Tatum on the set of their film Step Up. They began dating shortly after filming had finished.[16] The couple became engaged in early September 2008 in Maui,[17] and married on July 11, 2009,[18] at Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California.[19] Their daughter, Everly, was born in May 2013 in London, England.[20][21]

Dewan is an animal rights activist and a vegan.[22]

Dewan is raising her daughter as a vegetarian but says she will let her decide what to eat when she gets old enough.[23]


2002Hot Chick, TheThe Hot ChickBianca salsa girl
2005TamaraTamara Riley
2006Take the LeadSasha
2006Step UpNora Clark
2006Grudge 2, TheThe Grudge 2Sally
2008Love Lies BleedingAmberDirect-to-video
2008Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader ScandalEmma CarrTelevision film
2009Falling AwakeAlessandra
2009Six Wives of Henry Lefay, TheThe Six Wives of Henry LefaySarah Jane
2009Jerk Theory, TheThe Jerk TheoryMolly Taylor
2009American VirginPriscilla White
2011Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy, TheThe Legend of Hell's Gate: An American ConspiracyKatherine Prescott
2011Balls to the WallRachel Matthews
201110 YearsJess
2012Slightly Single in L.A.Hallie
2013She Made Them Do ItSarah PenderTelevision film
2004QuintupletsHaleyEpisode: "Little Man on Campus"
2004Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the RestlessDonna2 episodes
2005JoeyTanyaEpisode: "Joey and the Break-up"
2009Melrose PlaceKendra Wilson2 episodes
2011Playboy Club, TheThe Playboy ClubBunny JanieMain cast; 3 episodes
2012–13American Horror Story: AsylumTeresa Morrison6 episodes (2 uncredited)
2013–14Witches of East EndFreya BeauchampMain cast; 23 episodes
2014Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy ProjectBrookeEpisode: "Be Cool"
2014So You Think You Can DanceHerselfGuest judge; 3 episodes


2007Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Dance Scene (with Channing Tatum)Step UpNominated


  1. ^ Jenna Dewan-Tatum Predicts How She and Channing Tatum Would've Done on SYTYCD, Imagines Step Up Reboot of Our Dreams
  2. ^ Jenna Dewan Tatum as Freya Beauchamp - Witches of East End Cast & Characters
  3. ^ "University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site – Football". Und.Com. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ Jenna Dewan’s Fan Q&A on Twitter and New Photos at Nylon Magazine’s. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  5. ^ Susan Dunne (April 7, 2006). "Brilliant Dancer Puts New Focus on Acting Career". Retrieved July 20, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Interview Tamara: The Beautiful Leading Lady Jenna Dewan". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ " : Justin Timberlake". Extra. September 9, 2002. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Timberlake's Ex Is Out for Blood - Today's News: Our Take". TV Guide. Webb, Matt. June 17, 2002. Retrieved July 2, 2004. 
  9. ^ "Jenna Dewan-Tatum Joins Bruce Willis, Ryan Phillippe & 50 Cent in 'Setup". December 4, 2010. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  10. ^ Matt Richenthal (September 19, 2011). "The Playboy Club Exclusive: Jenna Dewan Previews Series". Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ "The Jerk Theory (2009)". imdb. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Picked Up To Series
  13. ^ Brett Rodriguez – IMDb
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  15. ^ "". Earth Made of Glass. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  16. ^ Baclayon, Jovie (September 7, 2008). "Channing Tatum Engaged!". E! Online. Retrieved May 9, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Channing Tatum Is Engaged". People. Time. September 7, 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Get Married". Celebrity Bride Guide. July 11, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  19. ^ ". | Channing Tatum Unwrapped | Official Website". Channing Tatum Unwrapped. July 11, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  20. ^ Galla, Brittany (June 2, 2013). "Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's Baby: It's a Girl!". Us Weekly. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  21. ^ Loinaz, Alexis (June 4, 2013). "Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Reveal New Daughter's Name!". E! Online. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  22. ^ Tamar Abrams, "Jenna Dewan Tatum Bares All for PETA," Huffington Post, July 9, 2010.
  23. ^ Randel, Becky (January 22, 2014). "Jenna Dewan Tatum: Channing Tatum Is My Opposite - When It Comes to Diet". People Magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 

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