Jenna Dewan is waiting for the actors strike to end, but in the meantime, she's raising two children, teaching them fiscal responsibility and watching funny animal videos online. One thing she's not really doing? Planning her wedding with fiancé Steve Kazee.
As part of a partnership with Wells Fargo and its virtual assistant app, named Fargo, the actress recently chatted with Wonderwall.com to talk all about money matters, her first ever big purchase (which happened with Janet Jackson by her side!) and a hidden blessing of the strike.
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Jenna Dewan got engaged to Tony-winning Broadway performer Steve Kazee in February 2020, but wedding planning still isn't really happening.
"Other things have taken priority at the moment," she told Wonderwall.com. "We'll get there. We've kind of started to narrow down where we wanted to have it, so that's number one. But we have not gotten much further in the planning of it. It will be a topic of conversation, just not at the moment."
Jenna Dewan shared her thoughts on teaching her children — daughter Everly, 10 (with first husband Channing Tatum), and son Callum, 3 (with fiancé Steve Kazee) — fiscal responsibility.
"My daughter is starting to learn budgeting and starting to look at money that she earns and how to handle that," Jenna said. "She's earned money for various different things lately and even at school they're doing it. They do a lot of fundraising and a lot of different bake sales and different things like that at school, and they're learning the value of giving back and the value of budgeting. Callum is 3, so he'll get there."
Does Everly understand the value of money?
"She's getting there. She's done multiple lemonade stands throughout her life. She loves the idea of, which I think is good, working hard and earning," Jenna said. "I realized a lemonade stand was a perfect example. She's not out there just sitting around hoping for a car that comes up. She's out there dancing and high-kicking and putting on a show. So I think she is in her own way understanding, 'OK, I'm going to work hard, earn money, then what do I want to do.'"
Jenna Dewan made her first major purchase when she was on tour with a music superstar.
"I was dancing on tour with Janet [Jackson] and we were in Milan for a show. I remember it was the first time I bought a designer anything. That was not a thing in any sort of way at the time," Jenna recalled.
"So I remember we went into Christian Dior … with Janet and I just remember being like, 'I can spend, OK, let me think about this.' It was a purse I bought, but I wore that purse everywhere. When I tell you everywhere, I [used it] for years."
When asked what she's obsessed with right now, Jenna Dewan responded, "Does it sound really superficial to say Cat TikTok?"
"Someone told me about Cat TikTok and it has been the ultimate entertainment in my whole family," Jenna explained. "We all love it. They're just so funny."
They "don't have cats" because she's allergic, she explained, noting that she imagines what it would be like to have one: "I think they're so funny. Funny animal videos I would say is a big fun thing we're going through right now," she said.
Like tens of thousands of other actors, Jenna Dewan hasn't been working during the 2023 actors strike, but in it, she's found a hidden blessing.
"There is a slowing down and a certain grounding that happens naturally. You're home a lot more. You're with your family. You can appreciate and change a perspective to say, 'OK, well, this is happening for me right now. What can we do that we can maximize what's happening and the time that we're getting to spend together?'" she shared.
"The macro issues that the strike is focusing on are so huge and important and affect the well-being of so many people, and that's really important and I'm really proud to be a part of that. So you are supportive of it, of course, 100%," she said, adding, "Then there's the day-to-day life. So we're home. We're here a lot. So how do we really maximize this time altogether? And it ends up being a really powerful time to connect and bond and ground all together as a family."