Back to the grind! Our girl Julianne Hough has finally returned from her African honeymoon with new husband, hockey pro Brooks Laich, and she stopped by to tell us all about it.
The former “Dancing With the Stars” star and judge shared countless gorgeous photos from their adventure on land and sea via Instagram, which prompted guest co-host Jesse Palmer to ask, “Where weren’t you?”
Turns out, not many places, ‘cause they really got around! “We went to the Seychelles first, which was incredible, and did all the — you know, ‘honeymoon stuff,’” jokes Julianne. “And then we went to Kenya, which was more adventurous and amazing.” They lounged on the beach, saw the animals on safari and even recreated "Out of Africa"’s most famous scene.
But while she definitely played the pro photographer (and the pics on her Instagram are stunning!), she confessed that the majority of her snaps were a little less than "National Geographic"-worthy. “When you go, you just take pictures of everything, [but then you see] your camera is just loaded with crap pictures,” says Julianne. “You think, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m the best photographer ever!’ And then, it’s like, the worst!”
But the honeymoon is over now, so it’s back to work! And Julianne is certainly keeping busy. While she won’t appear on “Dancing With the Stars” this season as a judge, she will continue to support a cause dear to her, the Get in the Know About ME in EndoMEtriosis campaign. “It’s something that’s very personal to me,” Julianne explains. “When I was on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ almost 10 years ago — can you believe that? — I actually found out that I had endometriosis, and it was something that was really debilitating as far as work goes,” says Julianne. “Which was when I was like, ‘Oh, I should talk about this.’” Since then, she says, “People have been commenting on my Instagram and telling me they [now] have courage to talk about it… So I’m excited. It’s good.”
So what’s up next for the "Grease: Live!" star? Boxing lessons, for a role she’s yet to reveal. But one thing she knows for sure? She’s already better than bro Derek Hough at swinging those punches. When she found out Derek had been taking lessons, she says she said, “‘I want to come!” And we started doing it, and of course, the trainer was like, ‘You know, your sister is way better than you at this. She picked it up a lot quicker than you did!’ And I was like, ‘Oh, really? No, me? Can you say that again?’”
Nothing like a little friendly competition between siblings, eh, Derek?