‘Grease: Live’s Julianne Hough: I’m The Worst Bride Ever!

“I literally have done nothing [to plan my wedding]"


Julianne Hough as Sandy in 'Grease: Live'

Julianne Hough considers herself the “worst bride ever!”

“I literally have done nothing,” the DANCING WITH THE STARS beauty says of her upcoming wedding to Canadian hockey hunk Brooks Laich.

Washington Capitals star put a ring on it back in September, but as of now, there is no timetable for a walk down the aisle.

“We’re enjoying each step of our relationship,” she says.

To be fair, Hough, 27, has had a lot on her plate lately.

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Since November, she’s been in rehearsals for the upcoming TV musical GREASE: LIVE, which airs Sunday evening on Fox.

She’ll take on the iconic role of Sandy, most famously portrayed by Olivia Newton-John in the 1978 film classic.

That mean’s Hough (who also serves a choreographer on the show) will also get a chance to show off her vocal skills on classic GREASE tunes like “You’re The One That I Want,” “Summer Nights” and, of course, “Hopelessly Devoted To You.”

Here’s what she shared about the can’t miss event during a recent interview with TheTVPage.com:

What’s your favorite musical number in the show?
I really love “Summer Nights” because I think [it] is very relevant to today. If you listen to the words, every guy’s perception versus girl’s perception of their first date is probably very different. And so it is relative. It’s my version, Sandy’s version, versus Aaron’s or Danny’s version.

Which was the most challenging?
Probably “Hopelessly Devoted To You” because I’m running, or getting on a golf cart, right after the dance. After I’ve just busted my butt and I’m going to be traveling over to Sandy’s house in like a minute and a half, and I have to get prepared and then belt out that song.

What do you remember about seeing GREASE for the first time?
I don’t remember the first time. It’s sort of like Mickey Mouse or Elvis or Michael Jackson… Like my nieces and nephews now… How do they even know about them? But they just know them, you know?  It was the same thing with GREASE.  I just knew Grease my whole life. When I was 5 or 6 years-old, my parents wouldn’t let us watch PG13 movies —  because they were quite racy, you know? — and I grew up in Utah, and was Mormon. So when they would be out of town or when they would be at work, I would go and steal the movie from their room and go and watch it downstairs and put on my own production.  I guess that was me being naughty Sandy.

Is there another musical you would really like to do?
I know wholeheartedly I would love to do Broadway. I would love to, musicals, dance, singing, everything, it’s a part of who I am and I want to embrace that. Of course I want to challenge myself and do other things, but I’m having so much fun. It’s the first time in a few years where I started a production and I went, “Wow, this is why I love what I do”. Wait, I actually am talented. You know like you kind of doubt yourself sometimes, or certain things and you’re like, “No, I’m working on my skill every single day. I’m loving life. We’re back in high school, we’re having a blast”. I just want to do things that are fun.

Be honest — are you a little nervous?
I’m nervous and excited, you know? I think there are people that hate it and get nervous and people that thrive off of it and I think I’m one of the people that thrive off of it. I think that we’re doing something so different. We’re combining everything that I’ve ever loved to do, but also live television, theatrical performances/cinematic camera work and we’re on live sets like we would do if we were shooting a movie. I feel like we’re shooting a musical movie in real time with sitcom audience members. It’s the craziest hybrid ever.

Are you going to be returning to DANCING WITH THE STARS as a judge?
I’m not sure. It goes season to season.

Have you had discussions?
We haven’t.  They usually wait until a couple of weeks before, but I don’t know what’s going to happen. But, regardless, I’m a part of that family forever and they’re a part of mine and so whatever happens, happens, but I’ll always be a part of the family.

GREASE: LIVE airs Sunday, January 31 on Fox.

Sean Daly

Sean Daly

Editor-In-Chief at TheTVPage.com
Sean Daly is a veteran entertainment journalist.His work has appeared in People, Us Weekly, The Toronto Star and other top publications. He was the west coast TV reporter for The New York Post from 2008 - 2013. Sean is the author of Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent and Teen Mom Confidential: Secrets and Scandals From MTV's Most Controversial Shows.
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