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Jenna Dewan Biography

Actor, Dancer, Model (1980–)
Jenna Dewan is a model, dancer and actress who appeared in the 2006 dance film 'Step Up' and has appeared in television shows such as 'Witches of East End' and 'Supergirl.'

Who Is Jenna Dewan?

Born in 1980, Jenna Dewan began her entertainment career by appearing as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and Ricky Martin, which later led to her working with Missy Elliott, Mandy Moore and Christina Aguilera in their music videos. Her big break came in 2006 when she won a lead role in the film Step Up as love interest Nora Clark, opposite Channing Tatum, whom she'd famously marry in 2009. Dewan has kept busy in her acting career, working in both film and television, which includes roles in Lifetime's Witches of East End, NBC's The Playboy Club and CBS' Supergirl. In 2018 Dewan and Tatum announced they were divorcing. 

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Jenna Dewan attends the Cushnie Et Ochs fashion show during New York Fashion Week The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. 

Divorce from Channing Tatum

In April 2018, after almost a decade of marriage and the birth of their daughter Everly, Dewan and Tatum announced that they were separating.

“We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together,” the couple said in a joint statement. “Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now… We are still a family and will always be loving dedicated parents to Everly.”

Despite their befuddling positive overtures on their separation — reminiscent of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's "conscious uncoupling" in 2014 — the couple has nonetheless become a fixture in the tabloids since the announcement due to what's financially at stake. With Channing Tatum's net worth standing between $60 to $80 million, the actor has more to lose, depending on whether he and Dewan signed a prenup.

Movies and Television

Dewan starred in two dance-themed movies in 2006: Step Up and Take the Lead. She went on to appear in the horror film Grudge 2, as well as smaller television and straight-to-DVD projects before landing a role in the short-lived NBC series The Playboy Club in 2011 as provocative Bunny Janie.  

Teaming up with her famous husband once again, Dewan starred in the rom-com 10 Years in 2012, which featured an all-star ensemble cast with the likes of Justin Long, Chris Pratt, Kate Mara and Rosario Dawson. She also found time to work on FX's American Horror Story and in 2013 snagged a leading role as Freya Beauchamp in Lifetime's Witches of East End, which was based on the novel by Melissa de la Cruz. In 2014 Dewan also took on a small role in The Mindy Project and was a guest judge in So You Think You Can Dance?. In 2015 she began appearing in CBS' Supergirl (which later moved to the CW) in the recurring role of Lois Lane's sister Lucy.

Other Interests

Dewan and Tatum, along with a group of friends, share a production company called 33andOut.

In 2017 Dewan made her debut as the new spokesperson for Danskin, modeling its loungewear and intimates line.

In May 2018 Dewan will serve as host/mentor on the NBC show, World of Dance, alongside executive producer and judge Jennifer Lopez. Functioning in the same dual role, Dewan is also reportedly developing her own reality dance show with the network.

Personal Life

Dewan married Channing Tatum in July 2009 in Malibu, California. In 2013 they welcomed their daughter, Everly, who was born in London.

Before her marriage to Tatum, Dewan is said to have dated Justin Timberlake and Shane West.

Early Life

Dewan was born on December 3, 1980 as Jenna Lee Dewan in Hartford, Connecticut. She was the only girl among three boys to father Darryll, a former Notre Dame football player, and mother Nancy. Dewan's parents divorced when she was a child, and she was accustomed to moving frequently. Despite the constant changes, Dewan adjusted and was popular in high school, participating in varsity cheerleading and becoming prom queen. She later attended the University of Southern California.

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