And through that you find love and everything." PHOTOS: Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacret's sweetest moments The former magazine she was "abused, mentally, physically, everything" while studying dance at London's Italia Conti Academy of the Arts.
"I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer," Hough explained.
The 28-year old actress and dancer got engaged to ice hockey player Brooks Laich in August, 2015, and the pair had made plans to tie the knot this summer. "We have set a date so that's good," the actress said adding she is yet to pick out a dress.
"We both want small and intimate, but I come from a very large family so as small and intimate as it can get with my big family," Julianne, who has four siblings, added.
"Being Katie, I relate a lot to her," she tells ET Online.
"So I had to leave that situation and kind of come into my own again and I did." Hough's character, Katie, in the film adaptation of Nicholas Spark's bestselling book, falls in love with a widower after escaping a abusive ex-boyfriend.
she had to work hard to break free of her dark past. "The fact that she had been in one situation that just sucked the life out of her, and it was a bad situation.
PHOTOS: Stars who survived abuse "I've been through certain things that have sucked the life out of me . She needed to change and move on and kind of find her own again.
Eventually, Julianne and Derek both ended up at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
'We've been so blessed and so fortunate over the years that we've met so many incredible people in our life.
We want to share it with them too.' Hough and Laich, 33, first went public with their relationship in February, 2014.
's February issue, where she reveals she suffered mental and physical abuse while living in London as a young girl to pursue her dancing career.
She attended the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Arts on a five-year scholarship, along with her brother Derek. I have to be this person."Related: Julianne Hough -- I'm 20 Pounds Heavier Since Dating Seacrest Julianne of course did return to the United States, where she became a star thanks to her winning performances on .