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Jenna Dewan

Jenna Dewan

American actress
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About
Occupations Actor Film producer Dancer Businessperson Television actor
Countries United States of America
A.K.A. Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Jenna Lee Dewan, Jenna Lee Dewan-Tatum
Gender female
Birth December 3, 1980 (Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, U.S.A.)
Family
Father: Darryll Dewan
Spouse: Channing Tatum
Education University of Southern California, Grapevine High School
Authority IMDB id ISNI id Library of congress id NNDB id Rotten Tomatoes id VIAF id
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Biography

Jenna Dewan Tatum (born Jenna Lee Dewan; December 3, 1980) is an American actress and dancer. She began her career as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson, and later worked with artists including Pink, Missy Elliott, and Christina Aguilera. She is known for her role as Nora Clark 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. She was Freya Beauchamp on the Lifetime series Witches of East End and as of 2016 was playing the recurring role of Lucy Lane in Supergirl.

Early life

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. Her father is of Lebanese and Polish descent and her mother is of German and English ancestry. She has three brothers, Dawson, Dayne, and Daniel. Her parents divorced when she was young and her mother remarried Claude Brooks Smith. As a child, Dewan-Tatum moved frequently; she mentioned in an interview that she lived in seven cities before reaching the seventh grade. While attending high school at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland, Dewan was a varsity cheerleader. She transferred to Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas. She was also a varsity cheerleader there and graduated in 1999 from Grapevine High School and was voted prom queen during her senior year. She went to University of Southern California and was a member of the California Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi.

Career

Dancing

Dewan first appeared in Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" video, and later in "All for You" and the All for You Tour. 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. In 2016, Dewan-Tatum modeled as the face of dancewear manufacturer Danskin in a campaign and photo shoot that captured and featured her athleticism as a dancer.

Acting

In 2006, Dewan co-starred with Channing Tatum in Step Up, as well as starring in Take the Lead that same year.

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 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.

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 United States in November 2011.

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 the second season of American Horror Story, as Teresa Morrison.

In 2013, Dewan began starring in the Lifetime series Witches of East End as Freya Beauchamp, one of the lead characters. In late 2015, she began a recurring role in the CBS series Supergirl playing Lucy Lane, the sister of Lois Lane and girlfriend of Jimmy Olsen.

33andOut Productions

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

Personal life

Dewan with husband Channing Tatum in 2010.

Dewan previously dated Justin Timberlake as well as Shane West. In 2005, Dewan met actor Channing Tatum on the set of their film Step Up. They began dating shortly after filming had finished. The couple became engaged in early September 2008 in Maui, and married on July 11, 2009, at Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California. Their daughter, Everly Elizabeth Maiselle Tatum, was born on May 31, 2013 in London, England.

Dewan is an animal rights activist and a vegan. PETA declared her to be one of three "Sexiest Vegans" of 2017.

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

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Hot Chick Bianca Salsa Girl
2005 Waterborne Devi Smith
2005 Tamara Tamara Riley
2006 Take the Lead Sasha Bulut
2006 Step Up Nora Clark
2006 The Grudge 2 Sally
2008 Love Lies Bleeding Amber Direct to video
2009 Falling Awake Alessandra
2009 Six Wives of Henry Lefay, TheThe Six Wives of Henry Lefay Sarah Jane
2009 Jerk Theory, TheThe Jerk Theory Molly Taylor
2009 American Virgin Priscilla White
2011 Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy, TheThe Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy Katherine Prescott
2011 Balls to the Wall Rachel Matthews
2011 10 Years Jess
2011 Setup Mia
2012 Slightly Single in L.A. Hallie

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Quintuplets Haley Episode: "Little Man on Campus"
2004 Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the Restless Donna 2 episodes
2004 Dark Shadows Sophia Loomis Unsold television pilot
2005 Joey Tanya Episode: "Joey and the Break-Up"
2008 Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal Emma Carr Television film
2009 Melrose Place Kendra Wilson 2 episodes
2011 Playboy Club, TheThe Playboy Club Bunny Janie Main cast; 3 episodes
2012–2013 American Horror Story Teresa Morrison Asylum: 4 episodes
2013 She Made Them Do It Sarah Pender Television film
2013–2014 Witches of East End Freya Beauchamp / Ambrose Bancroft Main cast; 23 episodes,
Episode: "Poe Way Out"
2014 Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy Project Brooke Episode: "Be Cool"
2014 So You Think You Can Dance Herself Guest judge; 3 episodes
2015–present Supergirl Lucy Lane Recurring role, 13 episodes
2016 No Tomorrow Tuesday Episode: "No Holds Barred"
2017 World of Dance Herself Host
2017 Man with a Plan Jen Episode: "The A Team"

Producer

Year Title Role
2017 Step Up: High Water Filming, executive producer

Music videos

Year Title Artist
1999 "So Real" Mandy Moore
2000 "He Wasn't Man Enough" Toni Braxton
2000 "Upside Down" A-Teens
2000 "Doesn't Really Matter" Janet Jackson
2000 "Honey Bee" Belle Perez
2001 "All for You" Janet Jackson
2001 "You're No Good" Ellie Campbell
2002 "Gossip Folks" Missy Elliott
2003 "One Heart" Celine Dion
2003 "Juramento" Ricky Martin
2006 "(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me" (featuring Keyshia Cole) Sean Paul
2006 "Get Up" (featuring Chamillionaire) Ciara
2010 "Not Myself Tonight" Christina Aguilera

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Dance Scene (with Channing Tatum) Step Up Won
2012 Peabody Award executive producer (with Channing Tatum) Earth Made of Glass Won
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