Jenna Dewan

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Jenna Dewan
Jenna Dewan 2012.jpg
Dewan at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon 2012
BornJenna Lee Dewan
(1980-12-03) December 3, 1980 (age 37)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Other namesJenna Dewan-Tatum[1]
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
  • Actress
  • dancer
Years active2000–present
Channing Tatum
(m. 2009; sep. 2018)

Jenna Lee Dewan (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 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 portrayed Freya Beauchamp on the Lifetime series Witches of East End and played Lucy Lane in The CW series Supergirl. Dewan hosted the NBC reality competition television series World of Dance (2017–2018).

Early life[edit]

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.[2] Her father is of Lebanese and Polish descent (Dewan being a surname of middle-eastern origin) and her mother is of German and English ancestry.[3][4][5]

As a child, Dewan moved frequently; she mentioned in an interview that she lived in seven cities before reaching the seventh grade.[6] 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 went to University of Southern California and was a member of the California Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi.[7][8]



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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]


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, the wife of Leo Morrison (portrayed by Adam Levine).[12]

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 as Lucy Lane. Dewan's upcoming projects include The Wedding Year, Berlin, I Love You and Mixtape.[13][14][15][16][17]

33andOut Productions[edit]

Along with friends Reid Carolin, Adam Martingano, Brett Rodriguez and Channing Tatum, Dewan started a production company called 33andOut Productions.[18] 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.[19] Dewan and Tatum collaborated in a YouTube Premium web television series Step Up: High Water, where they executive produced together.

Personal life[edit]

Dewan with now ex-husband Channing Tatum in 2010.

In 2005, Dewan met actor Channing Tatum on the set of their film Step Up. They began dating shortly after filming had finished.[20] The couple became engaged in early September 2008 in Maui,[21] and married on July 11, 2009,[22] at Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California.[23] Their daughter, Everly Elizabeth Maiselle Tatum, was born on May 31, 2013 in London, England.[24][25] In an interview on the Late Show with David Letterman, Channing explained that Everly's middle names are from Jenna's grandmother, Elizabeth, and his own grandmother, Maiselle.[26]

On April 2, 2018, after nearly nine years of marriage, the couple announced that they were separating.[27][28] Six months later, Dewan filed for divorce from Tatum.[29]

Dewan is an animal rights activist and a vegan.[30] PETA declared her to be one of three "Sexiest Vegans" of 2017.[31]

Dewan is raising her daughter as a vegetarian but says she will let her decide what to eat when she is old enough.[32]



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 The Six Wives of Henry Lefay Sarah Jane
2009 The Jerk Theory Molly Taylor
2009 American Virgin Priscilla White
2011 The 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
2019 The Wedding Year
2019 Berlin. I Love You


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Quintuplets Haley Episode: "Little Man on Campus"
2004 The 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 The 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 The Mindy Project Brooke Episode: "Be Cool"
2014 So You Think You Can Dance Herself Guest judge; 3 episodes
2015–2016 Supergirl Lucy Lane Recurring role, 13 episodes
2016 No Tomorrow Tuesday Episode: "No Holds Barred"
2017–2018 Man with a Plan Jen Episode: "The A Team", Episode: "The Party Planner"
2017–2018 World of Dance Herself (host) Seasons 1 & 2
2017 Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry Herself Episode: "July 12, 2017"
2018 Blaze and the Monster Machines Little Bunny (voice) Episode: "Breaking the Ice"
2018 The Resident Julian Booth Recurring role (season 2)


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Embarrasing Vision Boards from Our Past Fictional version of herself


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Earth Made of Glass Executive producer Documentary
2018 Step Up: High Water Executive producer Web television series

Music videos[edit]

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[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 Won


  1. ^ "Jenna Dewan-Tatum Predicts How She and Channing Tatum Would've Done on SYTYCD, Imagines Step Up Reboot of Our Dreams". E! Online. August 14, 2014.
  2. ^ "All Time Lineups -- 1970-1979". Notre Dame Football. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Jenna Dewan’s Fan Q&A on Twitter and New Photos at Nylon Magazine’s. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  4. ^ Susan Dunne (April 7, 2006). "Brilliant Dancer Puts New Focus on Acting Career". Hartford Courant. Retrieved July 20, 2006.
  5. ^ "Interview Tamara: The Beautiful Leading Lady Jenna Dewan". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "Jenna Dewan-Tatum: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me".
  7. ^ "Jenna Dewan struggled with Channing Tatum's soaring career, report says". The Mercury News. 2018-04-04. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  8. ^ "Pi Beta Phi Fraternity For Women". Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  9. ^ " : Justin Timberlake". Extra. September 9, 2002. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  10. ^ "Timberlake's Ex Is Out for Blood - Today's News: Our Take". TV Guide. Webb, Matt. June 17, 2002. Retrieved July 2, 2004.
  11. ^ "Jenna Dewan-Tatum Returns to Her Dancer Roots in Danskin Campaign". E! Online.
  12. ^ "'American Horror Story': Jenna Dewan to Romance Adam Levine in Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  13. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (May 30, 2018). "Anna Camp, Wanda Sykes, Jenna Dewan & More RSVP For 'The Wedding Year'".
  14. ^ "Wanda Sykes, Jenna Dewan and Anna Camp to Star With Sarah Hyland in 'The Wedding Year' - THR News".
  15. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 12, 2017). "Jenna Dewan Tatum Joins The Cast Of 'Berlin, I Love You'".
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 2, 2018). "'Mixtape': Netflix Picks Up Fox Musical Drama Pilot To Series".
  17. ^ "Jenna Dewan Lands New Musical Drama 'Mixtape' on Netflix".
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  19. ^ "". Earth Made of Glass. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
  20. ^ Baclayon, Jovie (September 7, 2008). "Channing Tatum Engaged!". E! Online. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  21. ^ "Channing Tatum Is Engaged". People. Time. September 7, 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  22. ^ "Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Get Married". Celebrity Bride Guide. July 11, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  23. ^ ". | Channing Tatum Unwrapped | Official Website". Channing Tatum Unwrapped. July 11, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  24. ^ Galla, Brittany (June 2, 2013). "Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's Baby: It's a Girl!". Us Weekly. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  25. ^ Loinaz, Alexis (June 4, 2013). "Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Reveal New Daughter's Name!". E! Online. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  26. ^ "Find Out Why Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Gave Baby Everly Two Middle Names". 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  27. ^ "Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Split After Nearly 9 Years of Marriage".
  28. ^ Melas, Chloe. "Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum announce separation".
  29. ^ "Jenna Dewan Files for Divorce From Channing Tatum". E! Online. October 26, 2018. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  30. ^ Tamar Abrams, "Jenna Dewan Tatum Bares All for PETA," Huffington Post, July 9, 2010.
  31. ^ Daisy Murray, "PETA's 'Sexiest Vegan' List Is In, And Not Just One, But Three Women Won," ELLE, 10 July 2017.
  32. ^ Randel, Becky (January 22, 2014). "Jenna Dewan Tatum: Channing Tatum Is My Opposite - When It Comes to Diet". People Magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2014.

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