Julianne Hough blossoms into a Hollywood movie star when her first feature film, "Burlesque," debuts on Wednesday.
Hough, 22, has already earned a fair share of celebrity in recent years, owing to her winning ways on "Dancing With the Stars," which for years has been among the highest rated shows on U.S. TV. She is forging a career as a country singer and even has more movies planned for her future.
But the high profile of "Burlesque," which stars Academy Award winner Cher and pop star Christina Aguilera, could vault Hough to global stardom.
"Burlesque" tells the story of a small-town girl named Ali (Aguilera) who moves to Hollywood and becomes famous for dancing in a nightclub owned by the glamorous Tess (Cher). Hough plays Georgia, one of the club's dancers, who befriends Ali.