Julianne Hough Admits ‘Something Was Missing’ from Country Music Career

Written by SLN Staff Writer
Julianne Hough Admits ‘Something Was Missing’ from Country Music Career

After taking home the ACM award for Top New Artist in 2009, you’d think Julianne Hough would have a second – or third – album out by now. She let it slip last fall that her sophomore album has been finished for months, but not released…so what’s the hold-up?

There’s been no word from her record label, but the former “Dancing With The Stars” champ has found success in the film world. “I’ve always wanted to sing country music, but I think something was missing for me and I feel like I’ve gotten that connection with the film world, so I’m going to keep going with that,” she tells Parade magazine. “That’s not to say I’m not going to keep writing and singing. I love it so much and I could never be without it.”

The good news is Hough isn’t having any trouble getting work on new films. If you loved her in Footloose and Burlesque last year, you can catch her this summer in the theatrical adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages. She’s teaming up with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, and many other big names. She might not be singing country, but the triple threat loved being the star of a rock movie.

“It was incredible. It was like a big concert party every single day,” she says about the filming. “We got to sing these songs that are so well known, and we got to be in the ’80s and have fun with that.”

And she’s excited about the long list of celebrities she got to work with. “The cast was incredible, of course! It’s very cool to be able to say that my first real film was ‘Footloose’ and my second film I got to star alongside Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta-Jones,” she says. “I’m very fortunate and I know it doesn’t happen like that every day, so I’m counting my blessings and working really hard.”

She may be working hard, but she still finds time for her boyfriend of nearly two years, Ryan Seacrest. “It’s a hard thing to do, especially when you’re so caught up in your work and bettering yourself,” she admits. “It does get hard because you’re so focused on that, but at the end of the day you have to find a balance with what’s really important. I’m so lucky that I have a great relationship. I’m very blessed and I don’t take anything for granted.”

Hopefully she’ll be making her return to country music soon, but even with her second album in limbo, Julianne is making a name for herself. “Rock of Ages” comes out June 1 – check out the trailer HERE!

-Kathryn Paulson, CMIL Intern