Jenna Dewan

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Jenna Dewan
Dewan in 2012
Jenna Lee Dewan

(1980-12-03) December 3, 1980 (age 43)
Other namesJenna Dewan-Tatum
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
  • Actress
  • dancer
Years active1990–present
(m. 2009; div. 2019)
Partner(s)Steve Kazee (2018–present; engaged)

Jenna Lee Dewan (/dəˈwɑːn/; born December 3, 1980) is an American actress and dancer. She started her career as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson, and later worked with artists including Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Missy Elliott. 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: Asylum. She portrayed Freya Beauchamp on the Lifetime series Witches of East End, Lucy Lane in The CW series Supergirl and Superman & Lois, and Joanna in Soundtrack on Netflix. Dewan has hosted the reality television shows World of Dance and Flirty Dancing and served as a judge on Come Dance with Me. She currently stars as Bailey Nune on ABC's The Rookie. She also had a recurring role on the FOX medical drama The Resident.

Early life[edit]

Dewan was born December 3, 1980[1] 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.[2] Her father is of Syrian, Lebanese and Polish descent and her mother is of Cornish, German and English ancestry.[3][4]

As a child, Dewan moved frequently; she mentioned in an interview that she lived in seven cities before reaching the seventh grade.[5] 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 was voted prom queen during her senior year. She attended the University of Southern California and was a member of the California Gamma chapter of Pi Beta Phi.[6][7]



Dewan first appeared in Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" video in 2000 and later in "All for You" and the All for You Tour in 2001.[8] She 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.[9] In 2016, Dewan modeled as the face of dancewear manufacturer Danskin in a campaign and photo shoot that captured and featured her athleticism as a dancer.[10]


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

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Dewan appeared in the romantic-comedy film 10 Years, alongside her then-husband Channing Tatum, who also co-produced. The film was released on September 14, 2012. That same year, she appeared as Teresa Morrison in American Horror Story: Asylum, the second season of the horror television series.[citation needed]

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/CW series Supergirl as Lucy Lane, and reprised the role in its spinoff Superman & Lois.[11] She also had a recurring role in FOX's The Resident. Dewan's upcoming projects include The Wedding Year, Berlin, I Love You and Soundtrack.[12][13][14][15][16]

She joined the cast of ABC's The Rookie as Bailey in its third season, and was promoted to series regular in its fourth season.[17]

In 2018, Dewan makes an appearance on the television series Seatbelt Psychic and receives a spooky reading from the famous medium Thomas John.[18]

In 2022, Dewan starred and executive produced in the Lifetime film Let's Get Physical as part of the "Ripped from the Headlines" feature film. She portrays Sadie Smith who is loosely based on Zumba instructor Alexis Wright with the film inspired by Alexis' and her side prostitution gig.[19]

33andOut Productions[edit]

Along with friends Reid Carolin, Adam Martingano, Brett Rodriguez and Channing Tatum, Dewan started a production company called 33andOut Productions.[20] 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.[21] Dewan and Tatum collaborated in a YouTube Premium/Starz television series Step Up, where they executive produced together.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 2006, Dewan started dating actor Channing Tatum after meeting on the set of their film Step Up. They married on July 11, 2009, in Malibu, California.[22][23] They have one daughter, born in 2013.[24] On April 2, 2018, the couple announced that they were separating.[25][26] Six months later, Dewan filed for divorce from Tatum.[27] Their divorce was finalized in November 2019.[28]

In October 2018, it was confirmed that Dewan was in a relationship with actor Steve Kazee.[29][30] In February 2020, she and Kazee announced their engagement.[31][32] They have one son, born in 2020.[33] On January 17, 2024 it was confirmed via Dewan's Instagram that she and Kazee are expecting their second child.[34]

PETA declared her to be one of three "Sexiest Vegans" of 2017.[35] She is not currently vegan or vegetarian.[36]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Hot Chick Bianca Salsa Girl
2005 Waterborne Devi
Tamara Tamara Riley
2006 Take the Lead Sasha Bulut
Step Up Nora Clark
The Grudge 2 Sally
2008 Love Lies Bleeding Amber Video
The Jerk Theory Molly Taylor
Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal Emma Carr TV movie
2009 Falling Awake Alessandra
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay Sarah Jane
American Virgin Priscilla White
2011 The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy Katherine Prescott
Balls to the Wall Rachel Matthews
10 Years Jess
Setup Mia
2012 Slightly Single in L.A. Hallie
2013 She Made Them Do It Sarah Pender TV movie
2019 Berlin, I Love You Mandy
The Wedding Year Jessica
2022 Let's Get Physical Sadie Smith
2023 Devil on My Doorstep Natasha TV movie


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Quintuplets Haley Episode: "Little Man on Campus"
The Young and the Restless Donna Episode: "Episode #1.7935" & "#1.7938"
2005 Joey Tanya Episode: "Joey and the Break-Up"
2009 Melrose Place Kendra Wilson Episode: "Windsor" & "Gower"
2011 The Playboy Club Bunny Janie Main Cast
2012–2013 American Horror Story Teresa Morrison Recurring Cast: Season 2
2013–2014 Witches of East End Freya Beauchamp Main Cast
2014 The Mindy Project Brooke Episode: "Be Cool"
So You Think You Can Dance Herself/Guest Judge Episode: "Episode #11.12" & "#11.15"
2015 The Real Girl's Kitchen Herself Episode: "The H Word"
2015–2016 Supergirl Lucy Lane Recurring Cast: Season 1
2016 Lip Sync Battle Herself/Competitor Episode: "Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum"
No Tomorrow Tuesday Episode: "No Holds Barred"
2017 Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry Herself Episode: "Jenna Dewan-Tatum/Emily VanCamp/Pauly D"
2017–2018 World of Dance Herself/Host Main Host: Season 1-2
Man with a Plan Jen Guest Cast: Season 1-2
2018 Blaze and the Monster Machines Little Bunny (voice) Episode: "Breaking the Ice"
2018–2019 The Resident Julian Booth Recurring Cast: Season 2
2019 Soundtrack Joanna Main Cast
2019–2020 Flirty Dancing Herself/Host[37] Main Host
2020 Robot Chicken College Girl #3 (voice) Episode: "Buster Olive in: The Monkey Got Closer Overnight"
2021–present The Rookie Bailey Nune Recurring Cast: Season 3, Main Cast: Season 4-present
2022 Come Dance with Me Herself/Judge[38] Main Judge
2022–2023 Superman & Lois Lucy Lane Recurring Cast: Season 2, Guest: Season 3[39]
2023 That's My Jam Herself Episode: "Jenna Dewan & JoJo Siwa vs. Nikki Glaser & Jay Pharoah"
Celebrity Family Feud Herself/Contestant Episode: "Episode #10.8"

Music Videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s)
1999 "So Real" Mandy Moore
2000 "He Wasn't Man Enough" Toni Braxton
"Upside Down" A-Teens
"Doesn't Really Matter" Janet Jackson
"Honey Bee" Belle Perez
2001 "All for You" Janet Jackson
"You're No Good" Ellie Campbell
2002 "Gossip Folks" Missy Elliott
2003 "One Heart" Celine Dion
"Juramento" Ricky Martin
2006 "(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me" Sean Paul featuring Keyshia Cole
"Get Up" Ciara featuring Chamillionaire
2010 "Not Myself Tonight" Christina Aguilera
2019 "Happy Anniversary, All I Want for Christmas Is You!"[40] Mariah Carey


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Earth Made of Glass Executive producer Documentary
2018–2022 Step Up Executive producer
2019–2020 Flirty Dancing Producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

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


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