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Dewan at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon 2012
Jenna Lee Dewan

(1980-12-03) December 3, 1980 (age 42)
Other namesJenna Dewan-Tatum
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation(s)Actress, dancer
Years active1990–present
(m. 2009;div. 2019)
Partner(s) Steve Kazee (2018–present; engaged)

Jenna Lee Dewan ( /dəˈwɑːn/ ; 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 Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Missy Elliott. 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 Superman & Lois and Joanna in Soundtrack on Netflix. Dewan has hosted the reality television shows World of Dance and Flirty Dancing and served as a judge on Come Dance with Me . She currently stars as Bailey Nune on ABC's The Rookie . She also had a recurring role on the FOX medical drama The Resident .


Early life

Dewan was born December 3, 1980 [1] 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. [2] Her father is of Lebanese and Polish descent and her mother is of German and English ancestry. [3] [4]

As a child, Dewan moved frequently; she mentioned in an interview that she lived in seven cities before reaching the seventh grade. [5] 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. [6] [7]



Dewan first appeared in Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" video in 2000 and later in "All for You" and the All for You Tour in 2001. [8] 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 . [9] 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. [10]


In 2006, Dewan co-starred with Channing Tatum in Step Up , as well as starring in Take the Lead that same year.

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 , alongside her then-husband Channing Tatum, who also co-produced. 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 CBS/CW series Supergirl as Lucy Lane, and reprised the role in its spinoff Superman & Lois. [11] 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 . [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]

She joined the cast of ABC's The Rookie as Bailey in its third season, and was promoted to series regular in its fourth season. [17]

In 2018, Dewan makes an appearance on the television series Seatbelt Psychic and receives a spooky reading from the famous medium Thomas John. [18]

In 2022, Dewan starred and executive produced in the Lifetime film Let's Get Physical as part of the it's "Ripped from the Headlines" feature film. She portrays Sadie Smith who is loosely based on Zumba instructor Alexis Wright with the film inspired by Alexis' and her side prostitution gig. [19]

33andOut Productions

Along with friends Reid Carolin, Adam Martingano, Brett Rodriguez and Channing Tatum, Dewan started a production company called 33andOut Productions. [20] 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. [21] Dewan and Tatum collaborated in a YouTube Premium/Starz television series Step Up , where they executive produced together.

Personal life

In 2006, Dewan started dating actor Channing Tatum after meeting on the set of their film Step Up . They married on July 11, 2009, in Malibu, California. [22] [23] They have one daughter, born in 2013. [24] On April 2, 2018, the couple announced that they were separating. [25] [26] Six months later, Dewan filed for divorce from Tatum. [27] Their divorce was finalized in November 2019. [28]

In October 2018, it was confirmed that Dewan was in a relationship with actor Steve Kazee. [29] [30] In February 2020, she and Kazee announced their engagement. [31] [32] They have one son, born in 2020. [33]

Dewan is an animal rights activist and a vegan. [34] PETA declared her to be one of three "Sexiest Vegans" of 2017. [35]



2002 The Hot Chick Bianca Salsa Girl
2005 Tamara Tamara Riley
2006 Take the Lead Sasha Bulut
2006 The Grudge 2 Sally
2006 Step Up Nora Clark
2008 Love Lies Bleeding AmberDirect to video
2008Assorted Nightmares: JanitorJenniferShort film [36]
2009 Falling Awake Alessandra
2009 The Six Wives of Henry Lefay Sarah Jane
2009The Jerk TheoryMolly Taylor
2009 American Virgin Priscilla White
2011The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American ConspiracyKatherine Prescott
2011 Balls to the Wall Rachel Matthews
2011 10 Years Jess
2011 Setup Mia
2012 Slightly Single in L.A. Hallie
2019 Berlin, I Love You Mandy
2019 The Wedding Year Jessica


2004 Quintuplets HaleyEpisode: "Little Man on Campus"
2004 The Young and the Restless Donna2 episodes
2004 Dark Shadows Sophia LoomisUnsold television pilot
2005 Joey TanyaEpisode: "Joey and the Break-Up"
2008 Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal Emma CarrTelevision film
2008 Dancing with the Stars HerselfEpisode: "Round 2: Results"
2009 Melrose Place Kendra Wilson2 episodes
2011 The Playboy Club Bunny JanieMain cast; 3 episodes (4 unaired)
2012–2013 American Horror Story: Asylum Teresa Morrison5 episodes
2013 She Made Them Do It Sarah Pender Television film
2013–2014 Witches of East End Freya Beauchamp/Ambrose BancroftMain cast - 23 episodes; Episode: "Poe Way Out"
2014 The Mindy Project BrookeEpisode: "Be Cool"
2014 So You Think You Can Dance HerselfGuest judge; 3 episodes
2015–2016 Supergirl Lucy Lane Recurring role, 13 episodes
2016 Lip Sync Battle HerselfEpisode: "Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum"
2016 No Tomorrow TuesdayEpisode: "No Holds Barred"
2017–2018 Man with a Plan Jen2 episodes
2017–2018, 2019 World of Dance Herself (host)Host (seasons 1 & 2); Guest mentor (season 3)
2017 Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry HerselfEpisode: "July 12, 2017"
2018 Blaze and the Monster Machines Little Bunny (voice)Episode: "Breaking the Ice"
2018 Seatbelt Psychic Herself1 Episode
2018–2019 The Resident Julian BoothRecurring role (season 2)
2019 Soundtrack JoannaMain cast
2019–2020 Flirty Dancing Herself (host) [37]
2020 Robot Chicken (voice)Episode: "Buster Olive in: The Monkey Got Closer Overnight"
2021–present The Rookie Bailey NuneRecurring role (season 3); main role (season 4)
2022 Superman & Lois Lucy LaneRecurring role, 5 episodes [38]
2022 Come Dance with Me Herself (judge) [39]
2022 Let's Get Physical Sadie SmithTelevision film


2010 Earth Made of Glass Executive producerDocumentary
2018–2022 Step Up Executive producerTelevision series
2019–2020Flirty DancingProducerTelevision series

Music videos

1999"So Real" Mandy Moore
2000"He Wasn't Man Enough" Toni Braxton
2000"Upside Down" A-Teens
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
2003"Juramento" Ricky Martin
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!" [40] Mariah Carey

Awards and nominations

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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