When Julianne Hough arrived in Los Angeles at 18 after leaving her devout Mormon family behind in Utah, she quickly realized she was a novelty in Hollywood.
“People were really curious about why I didn’t drink,” she recalled, standing on a red carpet Tuesday evening promoting her new film, “Paradise.” “They were always asking if I was sober. I was like, ‘No, I’m just Mormon.’ It was kind of a shock for them, and they treated me like a little toy.”
Hough, now 25, found herself reflecting on her upbringing as she prepared for “Paradise,” screenwriter Diablo Cody’s directorial debut, which premieres on DirecTV on Friday.
Indeed, finding her way in the industry proved challenging. During an interview with The Times earlier this year, she remembered attending her first party in town -- Us Weekly's annual "Hot Hollywood" party. Without any trendy clothes, she asked her roommate (a model) to borrow a dress and some Ugg boots and then curled her hair into spiral ringlets.