Jenna Dewan-Tatum has had a shockingly normal life for a Hollywood star: simple Texas upbringing, USC education, sorority girl, etc. But it’s also been a romantic life — discovered in college by a dance agent, which led her to touring with Janet Jackson and Sean “Diddy” Combs, which led to booking dance cult classic, Step Up, which led to meeting her future husband, Channing Tatum, which led to them getting married and having a precious child — so, it makes sense that it’s time Dewan-Tatum would guest star on The Mindy Project, TV’s most romance-obsessed sitcom.
With Mindy and Danny’s newly-formed, highly delicate, mostly official “Will They” relationship, the last thing an innocent viewer rooting for these crazy kids to make it wants is for a beautiful, charming ex with a propensity for locking down stud muffins like Danny Castellano to come into the mix; cue the entrance of one Jenna Dewan-Tatum, the beautiful, charming ex with a propensity for locking down stud muffins like Channing Tatum. In tonight’s episode of The Mindy Project, “Be Cool” (followed by another episode, “Girl Crush,” guest starring the bad ass-iest Anna Gunn), Dewan-Tatum plays a visiting pharmaceuticals rep, who happens to be an ex-girlfriend of one Dr. Danny. Let’s take a look at Dewan-Tatum’s past TV credits and see what qualifies her for the part (and cross our fingers for a Messina/Dewan-Tatum dance montage come 9 PM ET):
The Playboy Club
She’s not a waitress; she’s Bunny Janie. Dewan-Tatum’s first big TV role was starring in the excellently cast, poorly-most-everything-else The Playboy Club. Unfortunately, it was cancelled after just six episodes (check her out at 3:55).
American Horror Story
Dewan-Tatum couples well with the lady killers, doesn’t she? She scored an scandalous recurring spot on season 2 of American Horror Story, playing a horror fanatic who liked to get a little freaky with her husband — played by Adam Levine of Maroon 5, of course — in supposedly haunted spots. To be fair, one should always expect a good bit of killing on AHS, so we can’t really blame her for leading Levine to his death. That arm thing kind of seemed like her fault though.
Witches of East End
Witches are the new black, haven’t you heard? Dewan-Tatum jumped on board the Witching Hour Train of 2013 (next stop, AHS: Coven!), signing on to star in the sexy Lifetime series, Witches of East End, loosely based on Melissa de la Cruz’ Beauchamp Family book series. She filmed the pilot while three months pregnant and returned to shoot the first season just two months after having baby Everly. Season 2 of Witches of East End is expected to premiere in October of this year.