In movies, Julianne Hough said she was used to working with a male lead. But in this Broadway production, it's a whole new ball game. "Everybody is expressing themselves and has the permission to be all parts," she told E! News. "It's just been truly extraordinary. I'm always just watching with awe."
The cast's bond continues long after the curtain drops. "Off stage, we'll get together and we'll have a drink backstage and we'll go out to lunches especially during rehearsal and tech," Julianne said. "We would really bond and connect."
Julianne is also planning a game night with the cast where the odds are high that some of her Fresh Vine Wine will be served.
If showtime is near, you can likely find Julianne in her dressing room getting ready for one of her eight weekly shows. "I definitely am a mood setter," she said. "I'll put my little twinkling lights on. I'll drink some tea to get warmed up. On Broadway, everybody does their own makeup so I start doing my makeup and then I wear a wig in the show."
Before every show, Julianne loves to blast some music for all her co-stars to hear. "I pick a song every day and as a ritual, I go and get everybody pumped up," she said. "I'll go up and down the staircase and pick a song and get people in the mood. It becomes a moment."
As the founder of Kinrgy, a holistic fitness practice that offers movement, breathwork and expression to nurture your body, mind and spirit, Julianne has always made her health and wellness a priority. As she embraces a Broadway schedule, the actress has learned the art of afternoon rests. "I've never done those in my life," she confessed. "I have now started taking naps."
After POTUS received three 2022 Tony nominations, Julianne has even more respect for the cast and crews of Broadway's biggest shows. "These are true artistic athletes," she said. "It is a true art and a craft and I hope that people are going to come back to Broadway now that it's opened up with just a newfound respect and honor to watch these performers because there really is nothing like live performance."
After moving to New York City for the first time and making her Broadway debut, Julianne is proof that there are rewards to trying new things. "Anything is possible if it's something that you want to do," she said. "If it's something that you have passion for and you have the health to do, do it!"
Ever since POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive debuted on Broadway in April 2022, the cast has been blown away by the support from attendees.