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No Dancing: Julianne Hough Stars In Safe Haven

February 15, 2013 02:30 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

She got her big start on Dancing with the Stars and then moved on to movie hits such as Footloose, but until now, Julianne Hough had never made a major screen appearance in which dancing was not involved to some extent. That changes, as the dancer-turned-actress is the star of Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven.

Julianne Hough is making a big move away from dancing-based roles in the new movie Safe Haven. Inspired by a Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, Safe Haven stars Julianne as Erin, a woman who leaves her abusive husband to live in a small town under a separate identity. Her costar is Josh Duhammel, who plays Julianne’s love interest. Although, as in every other Nicholas Sparks film, the main element of this movie is romance, there’s also a thriller edge that Julianne feels made it exciting to film.

That being said, some portions of the filming process were quite difficult — especially improv acting. In a recent interview, Julianne revealed, “It was extremely scary because everything I’ve done has always been very staged. With a live performance, you know exactly where you’re going to stand, for the right camera shot. With these musicals, it’s all pre-recorded and you do certain things. It was scary! I’d never done anything that was improvised, except for in acting classes. But, it’s different when you’re in a huge movie and you’re being told that you can do whatever you want.”

Improve is challenging, but it’s helping Julianne to grow as an actress. “t was also really cool because it helped me grow so much faster than I would have, if I did another thing where it was like, ‘Here’s what you’re saying, and that’s it. Do not go off page.’” And she’s surprised to find that she actually appreciates the process. “But, I actually really enjoy improvising because there’s something about feeling the realness. Sometimes you have to think about what you’re going to say, in real life, so when you see that thought process going on in a movie, it feels real and looks real.”

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One Response to “No Dancing: Julianne Hough Stars In Safe Haven”

  1. Joy McBride Says:
    February 16th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I have seen Safe Haven 2 times now and really Love it! I will probably see it a few more times. Julianne & Josh were wonderful and had so much chemistry! The kids were great too!


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