Julianne Hough finds any excuse she can to come back to Miami, where she spent time filming 2012’s Rock of Ages. Hough is the guest of honor at the way exclusive “Hot List” party Thursday night at SLS Hotel South Beach, celebrating Conde Nast Traveler’s May issue that spotlights the best in new hotels and spas (as for local places, the SLS made the cut as did the James Royal Palm and St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort).
We caught up with the dancer-turned-actress before her trip south:
The Hot List party looks fun. Are you a big traveler?
I love traveling. I lived in London when I was younger and always feel at home there, but I still love seeing new places. We did promo tours in Dublin and Berlin for Safe Haven. It was my first time to both. And of course I love any place tropical.
Are you going to revisit any old haunts when you’re here?
I loved shooting in Miami. Casa Tua is my favorite restaurant. Lincoln Road was great for shopping and a movie and then Mexican food and pomegranate margaritas at Rosa Mexicano. I would run from the Continuum, where I lived, to the Setai and back every day. The Lapis spa at the Fontainebleau is amazing.
What was it like working on the upcoming Diablo Cody movie, “Paradise?”
I’m so grateful to have had the experiences I’ve had in film over the past couple of years, starting with Footloose. Paradise is so different than anything else I’ve done so far. I think people will be surprised. Who doesn’t like working with Holly Hunter? Broadcast News and Raising Arizona are two of my favorite movies. Diablo Cody is simply the coolest chick ever. Russell Brand is amazing. His role in Paradise is going to surprise people, too.
Do you watch your brother Derek on “Dancing with the Stars?”
Of course, it’s my bro! I’d be in huge trouble if I didn’t say that Derek and Kellie [ Pickler] are the team to beat. Everyone at DWTS is my family, and I love them so much. I visit whenever I can.
What are your workouts like these days?
I mix it up, and my routine changes, depending on whether I’m working or not. I love to dance and crave it when I go too long without getting into the studio and working up a sweat. It really is the best workout for me. Marco Borges was my trainer while I was there in Miami, and he kicked my booty!
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