How Old Was Julianne Hough as Preacher’s Daughter in Footloose?

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In November 2014, Footloose actress Julianne Hough put her perfect feet on display while joining Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Heidi Klum, and Bleona on the red carpet at the 2014 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Julianne Hough shows off a gold pavé ear cuff at the 2014 American Music AwardsJulianne Hough shows off a gold pavé ear cuff at the 2014 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 23, 2014 (Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN)

3 years earlier, she was cast in her first leading role as the wild daughter of a preacher in the 2011 American musical film Footloose. It’s a remake of the 1984 film of the same name starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, and Lori Singer.

Portraying Ariel Moore opposite Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormack, filming began in September 2010 when she was 22 years old. Despite her musical background, Hough does not sing in the movie.

Julianne Hough was 22 years old when filming the 2011 American musical film FootlooseJulianne Hough was 22 years old when filming the 2011 American musical film Footloose (Credit: Paramount)

Other actresses considered for the role of Ariel Moore include Hayden Panettiere, Miley Cyrus, and Amanda Bynes.

“Blonde, blue-eyed and sinuous, she’s like the young Olivia Newton-John in Grease but with more convincing bad-girl attitude,” Chris Tookey of Daily Mail wore before comparing Hough to Friends star Jennifer Aniston.

“Facially, she looks like a younger, even prettier Jennifer Aniston. I feel we’ll be seeing more of her,” he added.

Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald attend a 'Footloose' screening at the Ritz East Theater in PhiladelphiaJulianne Hough and Kenny Wormald attend a ‘Footloose’ screening at the Ritz East Theater in Philadelphia on August 9, 2011 (Credit: Hugh Dillon / WENN)

“The appealing lead actors do their best to keep the wackiness grounded,” Jon Niccum of the Kansas City Star wrote.

“Hough — a pleasant cross between Jennifer Aniston and Miley Cyrus — is charmingly spunky.”

Actor Kenny Wormald and actress Julianne Hough arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere "Footloose"Actor Kenny Wormald and actress Julianne Hough arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere “Footloose” at Regency Village Theatre on October 3, 2011, in Westwood, California (Credit: Apega / WENN)

Footloose was released in North America on October 14, 2011, when Julianne Hough was 23 years old. Her co-star Kenny Wormald, who played Ren McCormack, turned 27 on July 27, 2011. Julianne celebrated her 23rd birthday on July 20, 2011.

For the 42nd Annual American Music Awards ceremony, the then 26-year-old ‘Dancing with the Stars’ judge and actress donned a coral side-slit gown from the Zuhair Murad Resort 2015 collection featuring a plunging beaded neckline and back.

Julianne Hough donned a coral side-slit gown from the Zuhair Murad Resort 2015 collectionJulianne Hough donned a coral side-slit gown from the Zuhair Murad Resort 2015 collection (Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN)

She accessorized with Jacqui Aiche jewelry, a Hysteric Co. pavé “V Vendetta” ring, a gold pavé ear cuff, and a Lee Savage clutch.

Julianne Hough accessorized with Jacqui Aiche jewelry and a Hysteric Co. pavé "V Vendetta" ringJulianne Hough accessorized with Jacqui Aiche jewelry and a Hysteric Co. pavé “V Vendetta” ring (Credit: FayesVision / WENN)

The outfit was completed with mirrored gold leather Tamara Mellon “Fatale” sandals.

Julianne Hough toting a Lee Savage clutchJulianne Hough toting a Lee Savage clutch (Credit: Apega / WENN)

Do you agree that Julianne was one of the best dressed at the AMAs?

Julianne Hough shows off her perfect feet in Tamara Mellon Fatale sandals in mirrored gold leatherJulianne Hough shows off her perfect feet in Tamara Mellon Fatale sandals in mirrored gold leather (Credit: WENN)

Her cutout Fatale sandals feature back zips and 105 mm heels.

Fatale Specchio 105 mm in Gold, $626

Tamara Mellon Fatale Specchio 105 mm in Gold

If you don’t feel like spending that much on a pair of gold sandals, here are some alternatives that you can find at JustFab and ShoeDazzle:

JF Katrina Sandals, $10

JF Katrina Sandals

Filme Crisscross Strappy Sandals, $10

Filme Crisscross Strappy Sandals

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