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Jenna Dewan-Tatum
Jenna-dewan
Character Freya Beauchamp
Season(s) 1, 2
Birthplace Hartford, Connecticut
Date OF Birth December 3rd, 1980
 
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Jenna Dewan-Tatum plays Freya Beauchamp in Witches of East End. Dewan-Tatum is most well known for her starring role in Step Up where she met her husband, Channing Tatum. She has gone on to be casted in a variety of films and TV series, and she also played Adam Levine’s newly wedded wife in American Horror Story: Asylum. Ironically this is not the first time that Jenna has played a Witch, she also played the witch Tamara  in the 2005 movie of the same name.

Early Life

Dewan-Tatum was born 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. Her father is of Lebanese and Polish descent and her mother is of German and English ancestry. Her parents divorced when she was young and her mother remarried Claude Brooks Smith. During high school at Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas, Dewan-Tatum was a varsity cheerleader. She graduated in 1999 and was voted prom queen her senior year. She went to University of Southern California and was a member of the California Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi.

Career

Dancing

Prior to her acting career, Dewan-Tatum was a background dancer, working with singers such as Janet Jackson, 'N Sync, Sean Combs, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, Pink, Missy Elliott, Ricky Martin, and Billy Crawford. Dewan appeared in Janet Jackson's music videos for "Doesn't Really Matter" and "All for You," and toured with Jackson on the All for You Tour, and later on 'N Sync's Popodyssey Tour. Dewan-Tatum appeared in a bit role as a backup dancer in the film The Hot Chick. She was also featured in Christina Aguilera's music video for the single "Not Myself Tonight" in 2010. Dewan first appeared in Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" video, and later in "All for You" and the All for You Tour. Dewan 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.

Acting

In 2004, Dewan-Tatum made her acting debut on the Fox sitcom television series Quintuplets. She has guest-appeared on The Young and the Restless, Joey and Melrose Place. In 2005, Dewan-Tatum portrayed the protagonist in the independent medium-budget supernatural horror film Tamara. In 2006, she made appearances in The Grudge 2 and Take the Lead. That same year, Dewan-Tatum starred as the female lead in the dance drama Step Up as Nora Clark, a dance student partnered with a troubled student who is sent to spend his community service as a janitor. The film made $119 million worldwide.

In August 2008, Dewan-Tatum 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 August 2010, Dewan-Tatum was cast in the ensemble crime heist film Setup. Production began in November 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The film was to be released theatrically in July 2011 but was released straight to DVD in September 2011. In March 2011, Dewan-Tatum 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-Tatum starred in the movie "The Jerk Theory." This was first released in Germany in 2009. It was later released in the USA in November 2011.

Dewan-Tatum appeared in the romantic-comedy film 10 Years, produced by her husband Channing Tatum. The film was released on September 14, 2012. That same year, she appeared in American Horror Story: Asylum, the second season of the horror television series, as Teresa Morrison. In 2013, Dewan-Tatum began starring in the Lifetime series Witches of East End as Freya Beauchamp, one of the lead characters.

Trivia

  • Jenna has a daughter Named Everly. She discovered she was pregnant during the filming of the Pilot. Originally they were going to Cgi her stomach in order to hide her pregnancy but instead chose to wait until Dewan had given birth. [1]
  • She is married to Actor Channing Tatum.
  • She classes herself as supersticious. She once Smudged the Set with Sage when strange things began happening on set [2 ]
  • She once stated that Witches is the hardest show she has worked on because it is so diverse [4]
  • Irronically this is not the first Witch that she has played. She also played one in the 2005 horror movie "Tamara".

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