Dancing With the Stars alum Julianne Hough is featured in the November 2017 issue of Health Magazine.
Fairy-tale wedding, national tour—Julianne Hough has had one crazy year. She found some rare downtime to dish about her morning juice routine, workouts as a mood booster, and the upside to going public about her health struggles.
Utah-born Julianne—Jules to her friends—the youngest of five, is 29 now, and she’s come a long way since her debut, at 18, as one of the pros on Dancing with the Stars. In the past decade, she’s done movies (Footloose, Rock of Ages) and TV (aside from Grease Live!, she has spent a handful of seasons as a DWTS judge) and released a self-titled album, which hit number three on the Billboard 200 chart. Earlier this year, she and her brother, Derek, starred in MOVE Beyond, a live dance stage show that sold out venues such as Radio City Music Hall.
Now she’s so big-time that her wedding (to Canadian ice hockey player Brooks Laich, 34, in July) was on the cover of People.
What’s the best part of being married?
“I’ve always wanted to be married and be a mom and have kids, but to be honest, all of that scared the s— out of me. I was like, “Oh my gosh, to actually be married and committed to somebody, that just seems so grown-up.” But the first thing that I felt when we got married was, “This is the complete opposite of scary. This is like home.”’
What else do you do to stay healthy?
“Me time. If I don’t have my space for an hour, I feel overwhelmed and I need to just chill. That can be having a cup of tea by myself outside, going and getting gas—it doesn’t matter; I just need some time every day where I can think and put myself in a good place.”
Tell me more about your endometriosis struggle. When did you realize you had it?
I” thought I was just like every other girl—getting her period and having cramps. I’d see my mom and my sisters all have bad cramps, but being a dancer, I was like, “I’m fine. I’m a tough cookie.” Then I was on Dancing, during one of my last seasons as a dancer, and all of a sudden while I was dancing, something happened and I just doubled over. They cut to commercial, and my mom was in the audience that day, so she’s like, “You’re going to the hospital. I don’t care what you say.” It took so long to figure out what was going on. Finally one doctor said, “I think you might have endometriosis, and it looks pretty bad.” I needed surgery—I had it everywhere, to the point that they took my appendix out because it was so bad.”
Favorite healthy snack? “Hummus and veggies and always fruit. Perfect Bars are yummy little protein bars.”
#Vacationgoals: “They say once you get bit by the Africa bug, you don’t want to go anywhere else. And it’s totally true. Next I want to go to Rwanda, Botswana, and Tanzania.”
Netflix and (literally) chill: “I’m so late to the party with Making a Murderer, but it’s so great.”
Go-to cocktail: “I made this up: It’s Hendrick’s Gin, St-Germain, a splash of grapefruit, mint, and lime. It is so good, but it is so dangerous, because you can’t taste the alcohol. One and you’re done.”
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.
Photography: James White