Julianne Hough Talks Childhood Abuse in Cosmopolitan February 2013

Posted Wednesday January 2, 2013 4:30 PM GMT

In preparation for the Valentine's Day (February 14) release of her new romantic flick "Safe Haven," Julianne Hough showed off her adorable smile on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine's February 2013 issue.

The 24-year-old actress looked darling in a cropped top with shorts for the cover shoot while opening up about everything from growing up in the United Kingdom to her starring alongside Josh Duhamel.

Highlights from Miss Hough's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Cosmopolitan!

On growing up in the United Kingdom:
"I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer. I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love... While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything I'm a very forgiving person, and I don't want to hurt anybody. What's past is past.... when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl."

On not speaking much about the situation prior to now:
“This is the farthest I’ve ever gotten into my London situation. I was told if I ever went back to the United States, three things were going to happen. One: I was going to amount to nothing. Two: I was going to work at Whataburger. And three: I was going to end up a slut. So, it was like, I can’t go back. I have to be this person.”

On filming a sex scene with Josh for 'Safe Haven':
“I went from bawling to containing to laughing to crying again. Josh was crying. I think it was the most therapeutic moment of my life.”

On her boyfriend Ryan Seacrest:
“We love what we do. We take pride in giving it our all, but then when we’re alone, we really focus in on going to dinners and being extra-romantic and affectionate and just being there for each other.”

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