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 P!nk, 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: Asylum. She portrayed Freya Beauchamp on the Lifetime series Witches of East End, Lucy Lane in The CW series Supergirl and Joanna in the Netflix series Soundtrack. Dewan has hosted the reality television shows World of Dance and Flirty Dancing.
Dewan at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon 2012
Jenna Lee Dewan
December 3, 1980
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Other names||Jenna Dewan-Tatum|
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
(m. 2009; div. 2019)
|Partner(s)||Steve Kazee (2018–present)|
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.
As a child, Dewan 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 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.
Dewan first appeared in Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" video in 2000 and later in "All for You" and the people All for theTour in 2001. 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. 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.
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 then husband Channing Tatum. 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.
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 CW series Supergirl as Lucy Lane. 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.
Along with friends Reid Carolin, Adam Martingano, Brett Rodriguez and 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. Dewan and Tatum collaborated in a YouTube Premium/Starz television series Step Up, where they executive produced together.
In 2006, 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 30, 2013 in London, England. In an interview on the Late Show with David Letterman, Tatum explained that his daughter Everly's two middle names are from Dewan's grandmother, Elizabeth, and his own grandmother, Maiselle.
On April 2, 2018, after nearly nine years of marriage, the couple announced that they were separating. Six months later, Dewan filed for divorce from Tatum. Their divorce was finalized in November 2019.
In October 2018, it was confirmed that Dewan is in a relationship with actor Steve Kazee. In September 2019, it was announced that the couple were expecting their first child together. In February 2020, she and Kazee announced their engagement. The couple welcomed a son, Callum Michael Rebel, on March 6, 2020.
Dewan is raising her daughter as a vegetarian but says she will let her decide what to eat when she is old enough.
|2006||Take the Lead||Sasha Bulut|
|2006||The Grudge 2||Sally|
|2006||Step Up||Nora Clark|
|2008||Love Lies Bleeding||Amber||Direct to video|
|2008||Assorted Nightmares: Janitor||Jennifer||Short film|
|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|
|2012||Slightly Single in L.A.||Hallie|
|2019||Berlin, I Love You||Mandy|
|2019||The Wedding Year||Jessica|
|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 (4 unaired)|
|2012–2013||American Horror Story: Asylum||Teresa Morrison||5 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||Lip Sync Battle||Herself||Episode: "Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum"|
|2016||No Tomorrow||Tuesday||Episode: "No Holds Barred"|
|2017–2018||Man with a Plan||Jen||2 episodes|
|2017–2018, 2019||World of Dance||Herself (host)||Host (seasons 1 & 2); Guest mentor (season 3)|
|2017||Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry||Herself||Episode: "July 12, 2017"|
|2018||Blaze and the Monster Machines||Little Bunny (voice)||Episode: "Breaking the Ice"|
|2018–2019||The Resident||Julian Booth||Recurring role (season 2)|
|2020||Flirty Dancing||Herself (host)|
|2020||Robot Chicken||(voice)||Episode: "Buster Olive in: The Monkey Got Closer Overnight"|
|2010||Earth Made of Glass||Executive producer||Documentary|
|2018–present||Step Up||Executive producer||Television series|
|2020||Flirty Dancing||Producer||Television series|
|1999||"So Real"||Mandy Moore|
|2000||"He Wasn't Man Enough"||Toni Braxton|
|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|
|2006||"(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me"||Sean Paul featuring Keyshia Cole|
|2006||"Get Up"||Ciara featuring Chamillionaire|
|2010||"Not Myself Tonight"||Christina Aguilera|
|2019||"Happy Anniversary, All I Want for Christmas Is You!"||Mariah Carey|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|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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- "Pi Beta Phi Fraternity For Women". www.pibetaphi.org. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
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- "Timberlake's Ex Is Out for Blood - Today's News: Our Take". TV Guide. Webb, Matt. June 17, 2002. Retrieved July 2, 2004.
- "Jenna Dewan-Tatum Returns to Her Dancer Roots in Danskin Campaign". E! Online.
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- "Wanda Sykes, Jenna Dewan and Anna Camp to Star With Sarah Hyland in 'The Wedding Year' - THR News".
- N'Duka, Amanda (October 12, 2017). "Jenna Dewan Tatum Joins The Cast Of 'Berlin, I Love You'".
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- "Jenna Dewan Lands New Musical Drama 'Mixtape' on Netflix".
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- Loinaz, Alexis (June 4, 2013). "Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Reveal New Daughter's Name!". E! Online. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
- "Find Out Why Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Gave Baby Everly Two Middle Names". June 26, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
- "Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Split After Nearly 9 Years of Marriage".
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- "Jenna Dewan Files for Divorce From Channing Tatum". E! Online. October 26, 2018. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
- "Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan Officially Single. Divorce Final". Tmz.com. November 20, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
- Marcus, Emily (October 30, 2018). "Who Is Steve Kazee? 5 Things to Know About Jenna Dewan's Boyfriend". USWeekly.
- Koerner, Allyson (June 5, 2019). "Jenna Dewan's Boyfriend Steve Kazee Finally Made His Debut On Her Instagram". Bustle.
- VULPO, MIKE (September 24, 2019). "Jenna Dewan Is Pregnant, Expecting First Child With Steve Kazee". E! Online.
- Jackson, Vanessa and Morin, Alyssa (February 18, 2020). "Jenna Dewan Engaged to Steve Kazee". Eonline.com. Retrieved March 11, 2020.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
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- Steve Kazee [@SteveKazee] (March 10, 2020). "In an instant our universe burst wide open and nothing would ever be the same. Welcome to earth star child. Callum Michael Rebel Kazee 3/6/20" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Tamar Abrams, "Jenna Dewan Tatum Bares All for PETA," Huffington Post, July 9, 2010.
- Daisy Murray, "PETA's 'Sexiest Vegan' List Is In, And Not Just One, But Three Women Won," ELLE, July 10, 2017.
- Randel, Becky (January 22, 2014). "Jenna Dewan Tatum: Channing Tatum Is My Opposite - When It Comes to Diet". People. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
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- Iannucci, Rebecca (October 9, 2019). "Jenna Dewan to Host Blind Dating Series Flirty Dancing at Fox". TVLine.
- Reda, Natasha (December 23, 2019). "Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and More Star in Mariah Carey's Christmas Video Tribute: Watch". PopCrush. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
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