UNIVERSAL CITY, California — Here’s a, perhaps, little-known fact about “Rock of Ages” star Julianne Hough: Before she was tango-ing on “Dancing With the Stars” or kicking off her Sunday shoes in “Footloose,” the actress was a member of house Gryffindor at Hogwarts.
That’s right — Hough, along with brother Derek — was an extra on “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” way back in 2001. So when we caught up with the 23-year-old and her “Rock of Ages” co-star Diego Boneta at the junket for their movie musical (out June 15), we had to ask what she thought the franchise’s chances were at its final MTV Movie Awards.
The magical movie is up for seven nominations, including Movie of the Year, Best Male Performance (Daniel Radcliffe), Best Female Performance (Emma Watson), Best Cast, Best Fight (Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes), Best Kiss (Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) and Best Hero (Daniel Radcliffe). But instead of weighing in on the flick’s odds, Hough had a special message for Radcliffe:
“Well, I just want to say really quickly: Daniel, I gave you a love note during ‘The Sorcerer’s Stone,’ and I never heard back,” Hough said with a laugh, as co-star Boneta looked on dumbfounded.
“I didn’t know that!” he exclaimed of her early film role.
“I was in the first one, and you can see me twice,” Hough said. “I was Gryffindor.”
If only Hough had been sorted into Ravenclaw like Cho Chang, perhaps, then, she could have captured Radcliffe’s heart.