Jenna Dewan

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum
Jenna Dewan 2012.jpg
Dewan-Tatum at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon 2012
BornJenna Lee Dewan
(1980-12-03) December 3, 1980 (age 33)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationActress, dancer, businesswoman
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Channing Tatum (m. 2009)
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Jenna Dewan-Tatum
Jenna Dewan 2012.jpg
Dewan-Tatum at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon 2012
BornJenna Lee Dewan
(1980-12-03) December 3, 1980 (age 33)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
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 best known for her role as Nora in the film Step Up. She has also appeared in the short-lived NBC series The Playboy Club and had a recurring role on the FX series American Horror Story: Asylum. Dewan-Tatum has been married to actor Channing Tatum since 2009 and currently stars on the Lifetime series Witches of East End.

Early life[edit]

Dewan-Tatum 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.[1] Her father is of Lebanese and Polish descent and her mother is of German and English ancestry.[2][3][4] 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-Tatum 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 appeared in Janet Jackson's music videos for "Doesn't Really Matter" and "All for You," and toured with Jackson on the All for You Tour, and later on 'N Sync's Popodyssey Tour. 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.[5] 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.[6]


In 2004, Dewan-Tatum 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-Tatum 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-Tatum 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.

Jenna Tatum with husband Channing Tatum in 2010

In August 2008, Dewan-Tatum 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-Tatum 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.[7]

In March 2011, Dewan-Tatum 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.[8]

In November 2011, Dewan-Tatum starred in the movie "The Jerk Theory." This was first released in Germany in 2009. It was later released in the USA in November 2011.[9]

Dewan-Tatum 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-Tatum began starring in the Lifetime series Witches of East End as Freya Beauchamp, one of the lead characters.[10]

33andOut Productions[edit]

Along with friends Reid Carolin, Adam Martingano, Brett Rodriguez[11] and husband Channing Tatum, Dewan-Tatum started a production company called 33andOut Productions.[12] 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.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In 2006, Dewan-Tatum met actor Channing Tatum on the set of their movie Step Up. They began dating shortly after filming had finished.[14] The couple became engaged in early September 2008 in Maui,[15] and married on July 11, 2009,[16] at Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California.[17] Their daughter, Everly Elizabeth Maiselle was born on May 31, 2013 in London, England.[18][19]

Dewan-Tatum is an animal rights activist and a vegan.[20]

Dewan-Tatum is raising her daughter Everly as a vegetarian but says she will let her decide what to eat when she gets old enough.[21]


2002Hot Chick, TheThe Hot ChickBianca salsa girl
2005TamaraTamara Riley
2006Take the LeadSasha
2006Step UpNora ClarkTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Dance
(shared with Channing Tatum)
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
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
2004Dark ShadowsSophia LoomisUnsold WB pilot
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; 7 episodes (4 unaired)
2012–2013American Horror Story: AsylumTeresa Morrison6 episodes (2 uncredited)
2013–presentWitches of East EndFreya BeauchampLead role


2007Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: DanceStep UpNominated


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  2. ^ Jenna Dewan’s Fan Q&A on Twitter and New Photos at Nylon Magazine’s. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  3. ^ Susan Dunne (April 7, 2006). "Brilliant Dancer Puts New Focus on Acting Career". Retrieved July 20, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Interview Tamara: The Beautiful Leading Lady Jenna Dewan". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ " : Justin Timberlake". Extra. 09-04-02. Retrieved 07-02-14. 
  6. ^ "Timberlake's Ex Is Out for Blood - Today's News: Our Take". TV Guide. Webb, Matt. 17-02-06. Retrieved 07-02-14. 
  7. ^ "Jenna Dewan-Tatum Joins Bruce Willis, Ryan Phillippe & 50 Cent in 'Setup". December 4, 2010. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ Matt Richenthal (September 19, 2011). "The Playboy Club Exclusive: Jenna Dewan Previews Series". Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Jerk Theory (2009)". imdb. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Picked Up To Series
  11. ^ Brett Rodriguez – IMDb
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  13. ^ "". Earth Made of Glass. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  14. ^ Baclayon, Jovie (September 7, 2008). "Channing Tatum Engaged!". E! Online. Retrieved May 9, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Channing Tatum Is Engaged". People. Time. September 7, 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Get Married". Celebrity Bride Guide. July 11, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  17. ^ ". | Channing Tatum Unwrapped | Official Website". Channing Tatum Unwrapped. July 11, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  18. ^ Galla, Brittany (June 2, 2013). "Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's Baby: It's a Girl!". Us Weekly. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  19. ^ Loinaz, Alexis (June 4, 2013). "Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Reveal New Daughter's Name!". E! Online. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  20. ^ Tamar Abrams, "Jenna Dewan Tatum Bares All for PETA," Huffington Post, July 9, 2010.
  21. ^ 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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