Born in Hartford, Conneticut to Nancy Smith and Darryl Dewan, Jenna grew up in Dallas, Texas. Never the shy child, Jenna discovered her love of dancing at age 5, and began taking dance immediately.
During her teenage years, Jenna agressively pursued her dance career, winning numerous scholarships and…more
Jenna's publicists areDavid Lust and Courtney Knittel of Patricola Lust Public Relations.
Jenna's talent agents are Joanne Roberts Wiles and Justin Deanda of International Creative Management.
Jenna's Manager is Lena Roklin of Luber Roklin Entertainment.
Jenna starred in the Lifetime Original Movie; ''Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal". Jenna played the role of real life cheerleading coach Emma Carr.
Jenna and future husband ,Channing Tatum, first met while acting in the 2006 film Step up. By 2008 they were engaged and then married on July 11th, 2009.
Jenna starred in the 2005 independent film Tamara.
Jenna is a huge fan of musician Raphael Saadiq.
Former Playboy Bunny, Pat Lacey, taught Jenna and the other actresses how to be a proper Playboy Bunny.
Jenna and her husband attended the premiere of their film Ten Year at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Jenna has stated that just because she plays a Playboy Bunny on tv, she has no desire to ever pose nude for Playboy Magazine or anywhere else.
Jenna has a miniature Japanese Spitz, Meeka. She took the pet with her to Chicago while she works on The Playboy Club.
Jenna is ranked #16 in the "100 Hottest Brunettes of AIM".
Jenna was a member of Pi Beta Phi at the University of Southern California.
Jenna's parents are named Darryll Dewan and Nancy Lee Bursch Smith, and her step-father is named Claude Brooks Smith.
Jenna lists her childhood role models as Madonna and Paula Abdul.
Jenna is a trained dancer in Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Modern and Salsa.
Jenna attended Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas and the University of Southern California and graduated in 2009.
Music Video Appearances:
- "Bouncing Off the Ceiling (Upside Down)" by A*Teens
- "Honey Bee" by Belle Perez
- "One Heart" by Celine Dion
- "Get Up" by Ciara
- "You're No Good" by Ellie Campbell
- "All For You" by Janet Jackson
- "It Really Doesn't Matter" Janet Jackson
- "So Real" by Mandy Moore
- "Gossip Folks" by Missy Elliott
- "Give It Up To Me" by Sean Paul ft. Keyshia Cole
- "Juarmento" by Ricky Martin
- "He Wasn't Man Enough For Me" by Toni Braxton
Tours as a Back-up Dancer:
- Ricky Martin's "Livin' la Vida Loca Tour"
- N'Sync's "Pop Odyssey Tour"
- Justin Timberlake's "Justified and Lovin' It Tour"
- P. Diddy's "We Invented the Remix Tour"
- Janet Jackson's "All For You World Tour"
- Billy Crawford's "Big City Tour Live"
Jenna loves horror films but used to be scared of them as a child.
Jenna is 5'3" tall, natural brunette and has green eyes.
Jenna was a presenter at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards.
Jenna's favorite show is So You Think You Can Dance and her favorite dancing movie is Dirty Dancing. Her and her husband even went to a taping of it.
Jenna is half-Lebanese.
Boyfriends: - Justin Timberlake: March 2002 - March 2003 - Shane West: May 2003 - August 2005 - Channing Tatum: 2005 - July 2009 (then married)
Jenna: (on the 1960's and the Playboy Club) In the sixties, and it was a sign of the times, it was not a popular thing for women to put men in their place. And these bunnies did. If anyone got touchy feely or said sarcastic things to them, they were the first ones to put them in their place. If it escalated, the men would get thrown out. I find it really fun to play, and I also find it really interesting that nowadays we take that for granted.
Jenna: (on critic's reaction to those that were Playboy Bunnies) I don't really understand why that's such a problem for people. They weren't prostitutes, they weren't having sex. They were trying to buy houses and go to college, and make money for themselves and pay for their kids and their families. This was a very important job for them and an important time period. This was when women didn't have choices.
Jenna: (on preparing for her role as Playboy Bunny Janie) We did a lot of research: I watched three documentaries, I read two books, and I definitely needed it because obviously I wasn't around of the 60s, and so I really needed to learn a lot about that era and about my character and this world of the Playboy Club, which I knew nothing about.
Jenna: (on learning the proper poses for a Playboy Bunny) We had a four-hour class and you'd think with a dance background I'd get it right away, but it's very specific. You have to arch your back and lean in a certain degree, and we had a woman there that was teaching us. If we didn't do it right she was like, 'Nope, not right – Do it again!
Jenna: (on donning the iconic Playboy Bunny uniform) As soon as you put it on you feel empowered, you feel sexy and you feel womanly. There are very few things I've worn in my life that I can say make me feel more like a woman.
Jenna: (on the Playboy Bunny uniform) Like it or hate it, the Playboy bunny is iconic. I think it's a beautiful, sexy, womanly outfit. I also believe that by today's standards, we are wearing a lot more clothing than most bathing suits and bikinis out there!
Jenna: (on the reaction to The Playboy Club) People are overreacting. Most of the feminists giving us problems haven't even seen the show. I would like for them to actually watch and then state their opinion at least. I'm proud of how we portray women. They're not weak, they're not victimized. We're in control of ourselves and of the situation at all times.
Jenna: It was amazing. I started dance when I was five years old and danced pretty much throughout my life. Then at age sixteen, an agent – a dance agent from LA, actually – found me and asked if I went to LA if he could represent me. I said sure. So, right at eighteen I moved to LA and started auditioning. I went to college as well, I went to USC. I was auditioning dance-wise and just started booking work. Booked the Janet Jackson tour and was gone… And that was where my life took me in the beginning. (laughs)
Jenna: (on the movie 'Tamara') My agent sent it to me for an audition. I read it and I loved the fact that to play Tamara you had to play two different characters. Not only two different characters, but completely different sides of the spectrum – the poor, picked on, unattractive girl and the vixen, the revenge-filled powerful woman. I knew it would be a challenge and I was really excited. And I always kind of wanted to do a horror movie, so I was excited about that. I really like the character of Tamara.
Jenna: I'm about 50/50 when it comes to technology. I can check my email and search for stuff, but if I hear we're on this and this and this site, then I need an exact link to get there otherwise I'm going to get lost.
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