About this actor
Jenna Lee Dewan-Tatum (born December 2, 1980), better known by her birth name Jenna Dewan, is an American actress, producer, dancer, and former model. She is well known for her leading roles in Tamara and Step Up. Dewan was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of Nancy Lee (née Bursch) and Darryll Dewan, who was starting running back for the 1972 Notre Dame Football team. Dewan is of half Lebanese ancestry. Her parents divorced when Dewan was young and her mother remarried, to Claude Brooks Smith. During high school at Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas, Jenna was a varsity cheerleader and won many dance competition awards. She graduated in 1999 and was voted prom queen her senior year, as well as receiving the Ms. GHS award, honoring the most well rounded and well thought of male and female student from each class. She went to USC and was a member of the California Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi (ΠΒΦ). Prior to starring in film, she was a dancer, working for various...