“I never thought I was one of those people, but when you know, you know,” the Dancing With the Stars judge tells ET’s Lauren Zima while promoting the #thanksteach campaign, which helps teachers buy much-needed school supplies. “When we saw each other for the first time, it was like, ‘And, we're done.’”
“[It was] first sight,” the 28-year-old dancer adds. “It was crazy. We had been talking for a while, but we hadn't met.”
“Best dance floor ever!” she says with a laugh. “Best music! And [dogs] Lexi and Harley have to be a part of it. The little dogs, doing something!”
Thanks to her current Move – Beyond - Live on Tour with big brother Derek Hough being “super-athletic,” Hough is already in fabulous shape for the nuptials and happily shares the trick to her killer abs.
“I do bicycle sit-ups,” she says. “Also, just dancing when I'm moving my hips. If I'm moving my hips, I'm using all of my stomach.”
And there’s plenty of hip-shaking going on during the siblings’ tour!
Hough admits she’s having a ball getting to work with her 31-year-old brother every day and that there’s no other dance partner she trusts more.
“I trust Derek more than everybody,” she reveals. “We call him ‘Grandpa Hough’ because he gets so nervous and worried about anything that he's the first person to be like, ‘Safety first!’ I’m like Hurricane Julianne -- ‘Let’s go full out, all the time!’ And Derek is like, ‘Be safe, be safe! Are you good? Are you good?’ So, we're a good combo.”
Having built an incredibly successful career from dance, Hough gave a shout-out to the teachers who encouraged her back in high school, particularly one named Tracy, whom she stills sees.
Helping teachers have adequate resources is the aim of Hough’s latest passion project ‘Thanks Teach,’ a fundraising initiative, which sees Sonic Drive-In donating funds, up to $1 million, for every tweet posted with the hashtag “#thanksteach.”
“Each year it's like a billion dollars that teachers are spending out of their own pockets, trying to make their classrooms inviting and warm, and also just on actual supplies that they need for the kids,” Hough explains. “Use the hashtag. We’re all on social media anyway!”
See Hough dish on her epic bachelorette party below.