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'Footloose': Julianne Hough and her personal connection to the 1984 original

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This fall, audiences will once again tap their toes and cut loose when Paramount’s remake of the 1984 classic Footloose dances its way into theaters on Oct. 14. The new version, directed by Hustle & Flow‘s Craig Brewer, stays fairly loyal to the original storyline: Boston teen Ren McCormack (newcomer Kenny Wormald) comes to live with his aunt and uncle in a small Southern town where dancing has been banned. Ren falls for Ariel (Dancing With the Stars‘ Julianne Hough), who also happens to be the rambunctious daughter of the town’s minister, played by Dennis Quaid.

Even though 23-year old wasn’t even born when the 1984 film came out, Hough has some surprisingly personal connections the project: they shot the original film in her home state of Utah. “I used to pass the roller mills where Kevin Bacon did the angry dance on my way to dance class,” says the actress, soon to be seen in the big-screen adaptation of the musical Rock of Ages. Her brother, fellow DWTS dancer Derek Hough, also played Ren in the London version of the stage show. “There’s all these little connections.” Hough adds, “When I auditioned for [the movie], I got back in my car. My mom called me and didn’t even know I was auditioning. She turned down the music and I said, ‘Wait, what did you just turn down?’ And she said, “Oh ‘Footloose’ was playing.’”

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