Hough in Rock of Ages (Warner Bros.)"Rock of Ages" is about a small town girl and city slicker guy trying to make it big in 1980s era Hollywood — and the wild, sex and rock 'n' roll atmosphere they become part of along the way. With scenes in strip clubs with pole dancing and Tom Cruise's glam metal rock star character, Stacee Jaxx, having his way with groupies, you wouldn't think anything was off-limits in the film but Julianne Hough, who plays Sherrie Christian, says one of the scenes she filmed with Cruise was so racy it ended up on the cutting room floor.
The actress says that when her boyfriend Ryan Seacrest visited the set, he got an eyeful. "He did come on set a couple of times and he was like, 'Wow, this is a little sexy!'" the 23-year-old actress tells Interview. "There was one scene we did that ended up not making it into the film, but it was a really great dance-and-vocal number — 'Rock You Like a Hurricane.' It was in the strip club, and I gave Tom a lap dance in the scene. The movie flowed better without it, so I understand why it got edited out, but at the same time, I'm like, 'Wait a minute. I got to do that, and it's not even in the movie?'"
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Having been raised conservatively in Utah, Hough talked about what her father will think about her role — a kind-hearted aspiring singer who takes a job as a stripper to pay the bills. "I think it would be a lot harder for him if it wasn't a musical," she tells the magazine. "If it were a dramatic film where I'm stripping and it's for real — taking off my clothes and doing things. My dad understands that — my family, I should say, understands that — because it's a performance."
Besides, the worst of it did end up on the cutting room floor. "For the scene I did with Tom that got cut out, I was in a bra and underwear, basically giving him a lap dance, so my father will probably like that scene getting cut out."
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Hough also talked about working with megastar Cruise, having grown up watching him on the big screen. "I think my generation will always look at him as Tom Cruise, the movie star," she tells Interview. "The thing about Tom is that he's super-cool, and whatever nerves I had going into a scene with him, afterwards he would say how funny it was or what a great job I did. So that really made me feel confident. But at the same time, my first scene with him was when my character, Sherrie, meets him for the first time and he says that she has a perky heart as he's grabbing her chest, so that was definitely pretty real."
The film, directed by Adam Shankman ("Hairspray"), also stars Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Bryan Cranston, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Malin Akerman, and Diego Boneta. It hits theaters June 15.
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