World of Dance star Jenna Dewan Tatum is featured in the May 2017 issue of Prestige Hong Kong.
There was a fairly compelling reason for Jenna Dewan Tatum to sign up to be the host and mentor on World of Dance, the big, glitzy dance-competition TV show about to premiere globally. Her role, as she perceived it, would be alternately to cheer, cajole and comfort the legions of dancers who would journey from everywhere for a chance at the US$1 million prize.
“I’ve been there,” Dewan Tatum says in a reflective tone. “I know what it’s like.”
How did you get involved in this new TV show?
“I got a call from NBC about this opportunity and it turned out to be great timing. It was enough of a challenge, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I’d never done anything like this and it would force me to grow in ways I hadn’t before.”
You’ve often talked about how dancers don’t get the same compensation or recognition as singers. How can that change?
“I’ve seen a huge upswing in dance being accessible and relatable. It used to be that the dancer was behind the major artist. But now, the dancer can become the major artist. The business is starting to morph, and shows like ours are opening doors. Dancers are putting their choreography out on social media and getting millions of hits. That could never happen before.”
Do you still dance recreationally?
“Not like I used to. I used to dance hours and hours a day – for fun, for fitness, for performances that would come up out of the blue. And there are still random things that allow me to step back into the dancer’s shoes. It will always be my first true love.”
As a family, how do you deal with being in the Hollywood limelight?
“It’s never really normal, but it becomes your normal. People are respectful of us, and we have a rule that we don’t take photos with our daughter. We don’t live a Hollywood life. We love being at home. We keep things pretty normal and basic. This is our chosen field. Certain personalities can deal with the ever-changing nature of this business – and I love it.”
World of Dance premieres May 30th at 10/9c on NBC.
Photography: Lionel Deluy / Styling: Monica Rose / Makeup: Patrick Ta / Hair: Kristin Ess