Julianne Hough is using some of her Dancing With the Stars experience as she prepares for a big new role.
Hough, who currently resides as a judge on Dancing With the Stars, is set to take on the role of Sandy in Fox's Grease: Live. While singing, dancing and acting live on a stage is somewhat different from her DWTS experience, Hough admitted to avon.com recently that the experience helps her.
"It's a similar feeling when I'm dancing and choreographing, but I also enjoy the physical challenge," she noted. "Dancing is one sport that is athletic and spiritually inspiring. I never feel more present in my life than when I'm on stage dancing."
Hough previously competed as a pro on Dancing With the Stars, winning the Mirrorball trophy twice.
The star also spoke on making the leap from dancing to judging.
"I love switching modes and jumping into new things. If asked to choose between acting, dancing or singing, I don't think I could," she admitted. "So although a new project can be a little daunting at times, I actually feed off of that excitement and love that I'm able to do something different all the time."
While Hough has received her fair share of criticism over the years, she tries to block out the negativity and just focus on her work.
" Any time I start doubting myself or looking to others for affirmation, I always say, 'All I need is within me now.' A strong and powerful woman is not afraid to be who she is or worry about what others think," she said. "When you're 100 percent yourself, nothing is more beautiful or powerful."
Grease: Live airs live on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
Dancing With the Stars returns for season 22 on Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.