Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald get 'Footloose' in Elle
August 17th, 2011
12:25 PM ET

'Footloose' stars: We don't want to mess this up

If you're hesitant about the "Footloose" remake, the cast understands.

Star Kenny Wormald, who will play Ren MacCormack, and Julianne Hough, who's stepping into Ariel Moore's red cowboy boots, both know they have high expectations to live up to.

"We all knew what the original was, and we had the pressure of obviously not wanting to mess up, and wanting to make a great version of ‘Footloose,'" Wormald tells Elle magazine in a behind-the-scenes video.

But Hough thinks viewers will be pleasantly surprised. Her chemistry with Wormald is "really, really good in the movie," she tells Elle. The chemistry between Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer in the original "was great," she goes on, "but I don’t know, we’re just different."

One thing they do have is a strong dancing background. Wormald says he grew up in Boston, "and New Kids on the Block were a huge memory for me as a kid, and I loved them and Michael Jackson. I would jump around the house and try to mimic those moves, [but] a five-year-old grabbing his crotch and doing Michael Jackson dance moves isn’t the best thing," he laughs. "So my mom threw me in dance class and I loved it right away. I've been dancing since I was six."

For Hough, "Dancing was just kind of ingrained in all of my brothers and sisters. I grew up in Utah and there’s not a lot to do with your kids but dance and music...to keep them out of trouble. My sister started and I just went along and started dancing."

But will their moves be able to carry the movie? Elle's Joe Zee has seen the film, and as a fan of the original he offers fellow "Footloose" lovers promising words.

"This version, directed by Craig Brewer ('Hustle & Flow') is—dare I say it—as great as, if not better than, the original," he says.

Talk about pressure. We'll find out if he's right when the movie arrives in theaters on October 14. To refresh your memory, check out the trailer below:


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  1. Vip

    O.M.G. LEAVE THE ORIGINAL CLASSICS ALONE.

    August 18, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Theresa

    Oh hell no! Footloose is sacred to me. I REFUSE to see this remake. Movie Writers need to grow an imagination!

    August 18, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. malei02

    Saw early screening...better than original..also male/female leads better looking.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. starrfire

    I loved the first one and am excited to see the remake. I love Julianne Hough as a dancer and am curious to see how she is as an actress.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ulysses

    im way too old. but loved footloose.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. charlie crack

    @prezpeace- yes ma'am :(

    August 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ling chow

    They was even mean to good Happy Cow. Gosh ! Everyone loves Happy Cow !

    August 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Peace

    Charlie, No one draws me into anything. I wish everyone could get along (not just on blogs), but, I know it won't hap. I just try to "find the bright side" of each day. No worries! Funky shift today, gotta move! "C-ya" later! Don't get your BP up!

    August 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. charlie crack

    @prezpeace- don't let em' draw you in.....let em' be mean to me.....i'm ok with it.......have a great one.......

    August 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peace

    Sorry,That was for Charlie Crack. Good day to all, even Get a Room!

    August 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anita

    This is one I wont be watching...they didn't need to remake this movie. Putting Julia Hough in it certainly won't help either...she couldn't act in Burlesque...she won't be able to act in this either.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • nibbles

      Agreed Anita but I bet Ms Huffs brown-eye is tasty, moist and ready for a lickin.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peace

    Too bad, though. Life's too short not to have some fun! (In "this" life or real) Oh well. Gotta get rockin', chat w/ya laaaater! (Me being a sheep! LOL)

    August 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stinky McMillan

    "'Footloose' stars: We don't want to mess this up"

    The original stank so bad I dont think it could get any worse.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Get a room

    Diarreah es muy bueno.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Get a room

    I am trolling Get a room for a while. Me and Tracie love to eat dooooodie.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  16. charlie crack

    @prezpeace- I could careless.....I try to defend all yall and buds and they love to TRY and push my buttons....just trying to rid the negativity........It's all bueno..........

    August 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Peace

    2nd! HaHa! So what the hec is up on the other blog! Geeeez! As for footloose, I'm curious how close they come to the original...hmmm?

    August 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  18. charlie crack

    Firsty.......sorry @portal........lol

    August 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |

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