Julianne Hough is an American professional ballroom dancer, country music singer, and actress. She is most-widely known for her repeated appearances on the ABC version of Dancing with the Stars, where she earned a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nomination in 2007 for her choreography. ABC's 20/20 has called her one of the "very best dancers on the planet." Hough was signed to Mercury Nashville Records in December 2007. Her self-titled debut album was released May 20, 2008, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and #3 on the Billboard 200. Hough's first leading role was as Ariel Moore in the 2011 remake of the Paramount film Footloose. Hough played the role of Sherrie Christian in the 2012 film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages, alongside Tom Cruise and Mary J. Blige. In 2012, she filmed her starring role opposite Josh Duhamel in the romantic drama Safe Haven, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.