The dancer and actress on making a relationship click, how she deals with stress, and her new sportswear line, the Julianne Hough Collection.

By Jacqueline Andriakos
September 15, 2016
Courtesy of MPG Sport

Some mornings it's dance cardio. Others, it's two-a-days—SoulCycle plus yoga—or a hike with her "girls" (aka pups). No matter what, five or six days a week, the dancer and actress starts her day in workout wear. So the natural next step for Julianne? Designing a comfy-chic sportswear line you can do it all in. Here, the star talks creating clothes for multitaskers, making a relationship click, and relieving busy-life-stress.

What got you interested in designing athleisure wear?

I lived with a bunch of models when I first moved to Los Angeles, and they were always dressed to the nines, and I was always in my dance gear. I thought, 'I feel like such a shlub.' Nothing was really cute that I could go to the movies in or go to Target in or to dinner with the girls. But I was always dancing. So I needed to blend the two worlds. I wanted the line to be authentic to me, so I made sure there was a little bit of dance feel to it. I wanted it to feel almost sassy and a little sexy.

Finish the sentence: Dancing feels like...

Freedom. The freedom to be myself, freedom to be not myself, freedom to be silly, freedom to be sexy. I can be anything that I want.

Is your fiancé (pro hockey player Brooks Laich) a good dancer?

He wants to learn so badly. We'll dance in the kitchen and stuff, and I'll teach him little moves. But he's a country boy from Canada. He's not trained, but I think he's pretty good.

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What makes you two mesh?

He gives me consistency, and I give him variety and color. I'm a very compassionate person and see the good in everyone, so I can be a little bit too forgiving of things. But he's like, 'No, you can get angry.'

Imagine you have an entire day to yourself. What do you do first?

I would work out first. That's my time. I'm a physical person, so I just have to be moving. Then I'd reorganize my closet—put music on and get rid of stuff.

Do you ever get totally stressed-out?

I get overwhelmed. I'm like, 'Ah! There are too many things to make decisions about.' Then I back off and don't make any decisions. So usually it takes me a day to just be silent, have some pizza and a glass of wine, watch TV. And I never watch TV. That's when you know something's up.

When all else fails, what makes you smile?

My dogs. I have two Cavalier King Charles spaniels—Lexi and Harley. They are heaven.

Get Julianne's Look

Julianne Hough by MPG Sport Barre Top ($60; lordandtaylor.com)

Julianne Hough Collection by MPG Sport Shuffle Leggings ($68; lordandtaylor.com)