Who is Jenna Dewan?
Jenna Dewan is a popular Hollywood actress, producer, and dancer. Known for her portrayal of Nora Clark in the film Step Up, Jenna Dewan started her career as a backup dancer for many prominent artists such as Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Missy Elliott. Jenna Dewan has had roles in many shows including The Playboy Club, The Resident, American Horror Story: Asylum, Witches of East End, Supergirl, and Soundtrack. Likewise, Jenna has been the host of reality TV shows like World of Dance and Flirty Dancing.
|Full Name||Jenna Lee Dewan|
|Birthday||December 3, 1980|
|Age||43 years old|
|Traits||Positive– Optimistic, honest, and intellectual|
Negative: Inconsistent, Anger and Emotionally Cold
|Birth Place||Hartford, Connecticut, USA.|
|College||University of Southern California|
|Parents||Darryll Dewan (Father)|
Nancy Smith (Mother)
|Siblings||Nathan Dewan (Half-Brother)|
Shane Dewan (Half-Brother)
Daniel Dewan (Half-Brother)
|Marital Status||In a relationship|
|Name of Ex-Husband||Channing Tatum|
|Currently Engaged To||Steve Kazee|
|Children||Everly Tatum (Daughter)|
Michael Rebel Kazee (Son)
|Profession||Actor, Dancer, Producer|
|Net Worth||USD 35 million|
Jenna Dewan Fun Facts
- Jenna Dewan is a vegan. She was voted as one of the “Sexiest Vegans” by PETA in 2017.
- Her favorite holiday destination is Hawaii.
- Jenna loves to shop at flea markets to find vintage and one-of-a-kind items.
- As a child, Jenna’s nickname was Little Monkey.
- She likes to meditate whenever possible and also believes in the healing power of crystals. In fact, Jenna even carries crystals in her gym bag.
- Dewan is terrified of sharks. In an interview with Buzzfeed, she revealed, “I swim for like 10 seconds and I swim out really fast. I’m terrified of sharks! And everyone says it’s easier to die in a car accident than a shark attack, but do you know how bad it would suck to be eaten by a shark?! It’s like, why risk the one percent? And I think I’m like kind of the same size as a seal, it freaks me out.”
Jenna Dewan Birthday
Jenna was born on December 3, 1980, in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Her full name is Jenna Lee Dewan.
Since Jenna was born on December 3, her horoscope is Sagittarius. Being a Sagittarius, Jenna is assertive, restless, and adventurous. People having this horoscope are known for their caring, charming, expressive, and fiery nature.
Jenna Dewan Early Life, Parents, and Siblings
Although Jenna was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the Dewans did not live there for long. Her family moved frequently. In fact, the actress once revealed in an interview that her family had moved to seven cities even before she reached the seventh grade.
Jenna’s mother is Nancy Smith. Nancy used to work as the marketing executive at Johnson and Johnson Health Care Systems. She retired early.
Jenna’s father is Darryll Dewan. Darryll was an athlete who was a part of the 1972 Notre Dame football team. Presently, he is the executive vice president of worldwide sales at Credant Technologies.
Darryll Dewan divorced his wife Nancy when Jenna was a young girl. He got married to a woman named Sally Buhr Dewan with whom he had three sons. After separating from Sally, Darryll got married to a woman named Carol in May 2021.
After separating from Darryll, Nancy married a man named Claude Brooks Smith. Claude played an active role in helping Nancy raise Jenna.
Although Jenna does not have any siblings, she does have half-siblings born from her father’s marriage to Sally Buhr Dewan. Their names are Nathan, Shane, and Daniel.
Jenna attended Notre Dame Preparatory School located in Towson, Maryland. She later transferred to Grapevine High School. In her high school days, Jenna was quite popular.
She was a varsity cheerleader and was also voted prom queen during her senior year. Upon graduation, Jenna enrolled at the University of Southern California. Likewise, she was a member of the California Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi.
Jenna Dewan Career
Jenna discovered her passion for dancing at the age of five. In an interview with USA Weekend, Dewan talked about her love for dance and said that it was “the first thing I was passionate about and the first thing I knew I was good at. It was huge for my self-esteem. Knowing that I was talented and if I worked really hard I could accomplish my dreams shaped me as a person.”
Starting off her career as a dancer, Dewan appeared in the music video for Janet Jackson’s “Doesn’t Really Matter” in 2000. She was also part of Jackson’s video for “All for You” and the All for You Tour in 2001.
Jenna, who credits Jackson for helping kick start her career, gushed about the singer and said in an interview, “I was fortunate enough to work with Janet, who treats her dancers amazing so I didn’t have a bad experience.”
“She’s so silly on tour. We would have sleepovers in her hotel room, play music and laugh and drink champagne, and have like, girly sleepovers. Or she’d take us to the spa one day. She was sneaking me into clubs, cause I was underage the entire tour! She just always wanted her dancers around. I think it is what makes her the most comfortable. She knows we love her, that we look out for her, and I think that’s why she’s careful who she picks.”, the actress further added.
After this, Jenna grooved alongside Nelly and *NSYNC at the 44th GRAMMY Awards in 2002. Additionally, Jenna has worked with many other big names in the music industry such as Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Justin Timberlake, Mandy Moore, and Missy Elliott.
Jenna had her big break when she appeared alongside Channing Tatum in the 2006 blockbuster Step Up. The same year, she was cast in the Antonio Banderas starred dance drama film Take The Lead.
In 2008, Jenna Dewan appeared in the Lifetime film Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal where she played the role of Coach Emma Carr. The following year, Dewan had a role in American Virgin where she appeared alongside Rob Schneider.
In 2011, Dewan was cast as Bunny Janie in the short-lived American historical crime drama television series The Playboy Club. The series that aired on NBC was canceled just after three episodes due to low ratings.
Likewise, Dewan was a part of the film The Jerk Theory. The Jerk Theory was first released in Germany in 2009. It was later released in the USA in 2011.
Additionally, Dewan played the role of Jess in the romantic-comedy film 10 Years produced by her then-husband Channing Tatum. Tatum was also a part of the film where he portrayed the role of Jake Stafford.
In 2012, Jenna was cast as Teresa Morrison in American Horror Story: Asylum. The actress played the role of Freya Beauchamp in the Lifetime series Witches of East End in 2013.
She also had a recurring role in the CW series Supergirl as Lucy Lane in 2015. She left the show in 2016 after a 13-episode arc. Likewise, Jenna had roles in shows such as The Resident, Man With a Plan, No Tomorrow, The Rookie, and the Netflix series Soundtrack.
In 2019, Dewan became the host of the reality show, Flirty Dancing. The dance-based dating show fell victim to low ratings due to which it was not renewed for a second season.
In addition, Dewan also hosted the first two seasons of the American reality competition television series, World of Dance. Dewan also acted in the rom-com, The Wedding Year, and the anthology romantic drama film Berlin, I Love You.
Career as a Producer
Jenna Dewan started her own production company called 33andOut Productions with her then-husband Channing Tatum and their mutual friends Reid Carolin, Adam Martingano, and Brett Rodriguez. 33andOut Productions produced a documentary called Earth Made of Glass which premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
Relationships and Dating History
Jenna Dewan and Shane West
Even the most ardent fans of Jenna Dewan may be unaware of her past relationship with A Walk to Remember actor, Shane West. Jenna Dewan and Shane West started dating in 2003 and they broke up in 2005.
Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum
Jenna Dewan met her future husband, Channing Tatum in 2005 during the audition for the film Step Up. They had to dance around the room to show off their chemistry and in the process, both Tatum and Dewan felt attracted to each other. Later, Jenna revealed that she found Channing Tatum to be “super hot” when she first met him.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Dewan recalled her first meeting with Channing and said,
“I went in to read for the part with Channing, but showed up late with the wrong scenes. Then I opened the door on the poor girl who was auditioning before me right as they were leaning in for a kiss. I was horrified. But he was so sweet. He came out and worked the scenes with me.”
During the shooting of Step Up, the relationship between Tatum and Dewan became more intimate. Even though Jenna enjoyed Channing’s company, she was looking for a serious relationship. Hence, she told Channing that she was looking for a long-term relationship.
Willing to commit to Jenna, Channing showed up at her hotel room a few days later wearing a sombrero, underwear, and Ugg boots and said, “Let’s do this!” The next day, Jenna revealed to the production assistants that Channing was sleeping in her room after the crew found him to be missing from his own room.
Tatum proposed to his lady love in September 2008. The actor secretly flew his and Jenna’s friends to Maui where he popped the question to Jenna in front of their dearest friends with a ring designed by Neil Lane.
Marriage and Divorce
Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum exchanged wedding vows in a beautiful fairytale-themed wedding ceremony in Malibu, California on July 11, 2009. The wedding, which was planned by event planner Mindy Weiss, was attended by 220 guests including some well-known names such as Marlon Wayans, Nick Zano, and Haylie Duff.
Likewise, following the fairy-tale theme, the wedding cake was shaped like a castle. It was adorned with many edible fairies in flavors such as red velvet, chocolate with chocolate fudge, and white Funfetti frosting.
Jenna wore a stunning peach-and-ivory ball gown designed by Reem Acra while Channing wore a stylish black Giorgio Armani tuxedo. Complying with the theme, wedding guests were gifted special crystals that marked the union of the two love birds.
Right after their wedding festivities ended, Tatum and Dewan embarked on a two-day-long honeymoon to Bali, Indonesia. Although their honeymoon was quite short, they made sure to commemorate the special moment by getting matching tattoos.
The newlyweds each got a tattoo that spelled out “side by side” in the Balinese language. While Jenna got the tattoo on her left foot, Channing got it on the side of his chest.
In 2013, the happy couple welcomed their first child named Everly Tatum. Little Everly was born in London since Jenna and Channing had been temporarily living there to finish the shoot of Tatum’s film Jupiter Ascending with Mila Kunis.
Unfortunately, after nearly nine years of marriage, Channing and Jenna announced their separation on April 3, 2018. They released a joint statement that read:
“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. 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.”
Jenna Dewan and Steve Kazee
After divorcing Channing Tatum, news about Jenna Dewan’s relationship with Tony Award-winning actor Steve Kazee started doing the rounds. Kazee and Dewan only commented on their relationship and confirmed it in October 2018.
Even though Steve and Jenna began dating in 2018, they had met years ago. Talking about their first meeting, Jenna said,
“I had met Steve years ago in a flash, it must’ve been five minutes. I saw him perform in Once on Broadway and I was just totally blown away by his talent. My mom was with me, and we got to go backstage and meet the actors.”
Furthermore, the Step Up actress commented on how she reconnected with Kazee after such a long time. She said,
“Obviously I was married and so we never spoke or saw each other again for six years, but I never forgot the moment. And then six years later, obviously it became public knowledge that we’re separated and he contacted me.”
When Kazee contacted Dewan through a phone call, they apparently talked for hours. They both felt an instant connection when they met each other. Although Jenna was a little hesitant at first, the undeniable sparks between her and Steve prompted her to begin a new romantic journey with the Broadway actor.
In September 2019, Steve and Jenna announced that they were expecting their first child together. Steve and Jenna got engaged in September 2020. Their son Callum Michael Rebel Kazee was born in March 2020.
Fans and well-wishers of both Dewan and Kazee have been curious to know when the love birds will tie the knot. However, in July 2021, Jenna revealed that although she and Steve will definitely get married someday, they “hadn’t even had a chance to talk much about our wedding” owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jenna Dewan Children
Jenna Dewan has two children. She shares her daughter, Everly Tatum, with her ex-husband Channing Tatum. Everly was born on May 31, 2013, in London, UK.
Her son, Callum Michael Rebel Kazee, was born on March 6, 2020. She shares Callum with her fiancé, Steve Kazee.
Height, Appearance, and Measurements
Jenna Dewan is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and glamorous women in showbiz. The 40-year-old actress stands tall at 5 feet and 2 inches.
The American Virgin actress has a slim and petite figure. Her measurements are 33-26-34. In addition, Jenna has dark brown hair and green eyes.
Jenna Dewan Nationality, Ethnicity, and Religion
An American national, Jenna Dewan is of mixed ethnicity. She has Polish and Lebanese ancestry from her father’s side and has German and English ancestry from her mother’s side. Jenna is a follower of Christianity.
Jenna Dewan Net Worth
Through her career as an actor, dancer, and producer, Jenna Dewan has been able to accumulate quite an impressive net worth. As of 2021, the Step Up actress is estimated to have an astounding net worth of approximately USD 35 million.
Owing to such remarkable net worth, there is no doubt that Jenna leads a very lavish lifestyle. In fact, she even bought a luxurious home worth USD 4.7 million in Encino, California in March 2021.
Jenna Dewan Twitter
With over 664.1k followers, Jenna Dewan has quite an active presence on Twitter. Her Twitter bio describes Jenna as “Actress, dancer, loving life”. Jenna herself follows 1,062 accounts on the social networking platform.
Jenna Dewan Instagram
On Instagram, Jenna Dewan, under the username “jennadewan”, has around 6.7 million followers. The Hollywood starlet’s Instagram account definitely gives fans a peek into her luxurious lifestyle.
Jenna’s Instagram features glamorous photos of herself from red carpet events, cozy photos with fiancé Steve Kazee, and adorable pictures of her two little munchkins. Similarly, the actress also occasionally uploads heartwarming photos with her pets and pictures with her close friends and family members.
Joined on Sep 16, 2017, Jenna Dewan’s YouTube channel has been able to accumulate over 151,121,251 views since its inception. The actress, who started her channel to “connect with everyone and create more of a dialogue”, posts videos content related to a variety of topics on her YouTube channel.
Jenna Dewan’s YouTube channel contains many videos related to fashion, beauty, dance, healthy recipes, and fitness. Likewise, Jenna has also featured many prominent personalities on her channel including Patrick Ta, Janet Jackson, Todd Savvas, and James Corden.