Julianne Hough: 'I judge my brother harsher than anybody!'

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By: Gibson Johns

I already knew that Julianne Hough could do it all: She can dance ("Dancing With the Stars" -- duh!), sing ("Grease Live," anyone?) and act ("Footloose"), but as I saw last week at the launch of her Fall/Winter 2016 athleisure collection with MPG Sport, she can also design some amazing clothing.

What really caught me off guard, though, was the unbridled, genuine passion that Hough has for every single one of her pursuits. Not only does she have fun doing it all (literally), but she also makes it look so easy that it's almost unfair.

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After sitting through an hour of interviews that touched on her fashionable and functional new line, Hough teamed up with fitness guru Katia Pryce to lead her interviewers (including yours truly -- the only guy there, mind you) in a dance cardio class called DanceBody at The Movement in New York City.

As the rest of us struggled to keep up, the 28-year-old former "DWTS" pro glided through the difficult hip-hop dance routines with ease, all the while keeping a giant smile on her face and giving us encouraging looks through the floor-to-ceiling mirror throughout the half-hour.

Hough is a busy woman: Between her clothing line, acting roles, planning her upcoming wedding with fiancé Brooks Laich and a rumored return as a judge on "Dancing With the Stars," it's hard to believe that she has any time to relax. But, after watching her during our dance class together, it became clear that dancing is a form of relaxation for her. It's what she knows best.

Before dancing to Beyoncé's "Formation" together, I sat down with Julianne Hough to talk about her approach to her new collection, standing out in the competitive athleisure market and how she'll remain impartial while (maybe!) judging her brother, Derek Hough, during the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars."

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Julianne Hough appears on Amazon's Style Code Live at The Movement on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Amazon)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Julianne Hough appears on Amazon's Style Code Live at The Movement on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Amazon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress / Dancer Julianne Hough attends the press room on day 2 of the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at The Microsoft Theater on September 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Actors Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Kether Donohue attend the press room on day 2 of the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at The Microsoft Theater on September 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Julianne Hough arrives at the 6th Annual Celebration Of Dance Gala Presented By The Dizzy Feet Foundation at The Novo by Microsoft on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich attend the 6th Annual Celebration of Dance Gala presented by The Dizzy Feet Foundation on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Julianne Hough arrives at the Television Academy Celebrates Nominees For Outstanding Casting at Montage Beverly Hills on September 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Actress Julianne Hough attends the 2016 People's Choice Awards at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Julianne Hough arrives at the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
DANCING WITH THE STARS: THE RESULTS - 'Episode 2009A' - 'Dancing with the Stars: The Results' continued on TUESDAY, MAY 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). At the end of the night, one couple went home and three couples advanced to the finals. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) JULIANNE HOUGH
Photo by: Demis Maryannakis/STAR MAX/IPx 3/13/15 Julianne Hough at 'Dancing With The Stars' Judges Ring The NYSE Closing Bell at New York Stock Exchange. (NYC)
Dancer Julianne Hough poses backstage before participating in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series to discuss her upcoming "Move" live dance tour at AOL Studios on Monday, March 2, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Dancers Derek Hough and Julianne Hough participate in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series to discuss their upcoming “Move Live On Tour,” at AOL Studios on Monday, March 2, 2015, in New York. The tour has a North America run from June-August 2015. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Julianne Hough arrives at the 87th Academy Awards - 2015 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Singer-dancer Julianne Hough hosts a dance audition in conjunction with the new Gillette Venus Swirl Razor at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Julianne Hough arrives at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Julianne Hough arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Julianne Hough seen at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards – InStyle and Warner Bros. Viewing and After Party, on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
FILE - This Oct. 1, 2013 file photo shows actress Julianne Hough at the 20th Annual "FFANY Shoes on Sale" Gala presented by QVC and FFANY in New York. Hough apologized on Twitter amid criticism for darkening her skin for a costume as Crazy Eyes from "Orange is the New Black" at a Hollywood bash. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 07: Actress Julianne Hough arrives at the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox's 'Let's Be Cops' at ArcLight Hollywood on August 7, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 11: Country music singer Julianne Hough attends the Target To-Go holiday kick off at Target on December 11, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Actress Julianne Hough attends the Sole Society preview party at Mixology101 & Planet Dailies at the Grove on February 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Sole Society)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Singer/actress Julianne Hough attends the unveiling of the new 'got milk?' ad campaign at Hearst Tower on February 1, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 11: Country music singer Julianne Hough attends the Target To-Go holiday kick off at Target on December 11, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 10: Julianne Hough sighting on July 10, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Uri Schanker/FilmMagic)
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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Julianne Hough attends the Netflix outdoor concert and movie screening at the Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on September 29, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 10: Actress Julianne Hough (L) appears on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno at NBC Studios on October 10, 2011 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 26: Julianne Hough and Derek Hough perform during 'Move Live on Tour' concert on July 26, 2014 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 26: Julianne Hough and Derek Hough performs during 'Move Live on Tour' concert on July 26, 2014 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JULY 29: Singer Julianne Hough attends the debut of remade Wrigley's Gum jingles at the Nokia Theatre on July 29, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 21: Julianne Hough interview on New.Music.Live at MuchMusic Headquarters on January 21, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Ernesto Di Stefano Photography/WireImage)
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1906' - International superstar Pitbull returned to the ballroom and for the first time joined Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli as a guest judge MONDAY, OCTOBER 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on 'Dancing with the Stars.' Pitbull kicked-off the night with a steamy performance of his hit single 'Fireball' followed by the nine remaining celebrities performing to a mix of his hits and personal favorite songs. Dance styles included Salsa, Rumba, Foxtrot, Tango and Jazz. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1906' - International superstar Pitbull returned to the ballroom and for the first time joined Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli as a guest judge MONDAY, OCTOBER 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on 'Dancing with the Stars.' Pitbull kicked-off the night with a steamy performance of his hit single 'Fireball' followed by the nine remaining celebrities performing to a mix of his hits and personal favorite songs. Dance styles included Salsa, Rumba, Foxtrot, Tango and Jazz. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0142 -- Pictured: (l-r) Professional dancer Julianne Hough during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on October 9, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0142 -- Pictured: (l-r) Professional dancer Julianne Hough during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on October 9, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0142 -- Pictured: Professional dancer Julianne Hough on October 9, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0142 -- Pictured: (l-r) Professional dancer Julianne Hough during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on October 9, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0142 -- Pictured: (l-r) Professional dancer Julianne Hough during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on October 9, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0142 -- Pictured: (l-r) Professional dancer Julianne Hough during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on October 9, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 02: Julianne Hough arrives at the Michael Kors Hosts Launch Of Claiborne Swanson Frank's 'Young Hollywood' Portrait Book at on October 2, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 02: Julianne Hough arrives at the Michael Kors Hosts Launch Of Claiborne Swanson Frank's 'Young Hollywood' Portrait Book at on October 2, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Sneak peak of my costume on #Dwts tonight! For all of our @moveliveontour fans from the summer see if you can spot the move @derekhough and I put in there... :) see y'all soon! #moveliveontour #dancingwithmymentonight
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Dancer Julianne Hough attends Mark Ballas Debuts EP 'Kicking Clouds' at Crustacean on September 16, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1804' - For the first time ever celebrities switched professional dance partners on 'Dancing with the Stars,' MONDAY, APRIL 7 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. This past week, America was given the power to vote and change celebrity and professional dance pairings and each star faced this new challenge. The new couples were revealed live for the first time throughout the evening. Additionally, two-time professional 'Dancing with the Stars' champion, Julianne Hough, returned to guest judge for the second time alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, LEN GOODMAN, JULIANNE HOUGH, BRUNO TONIOLI
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1704' - 10 remaining couples took to the ballroom floor and two-time professional champion Julianne Hough returned to guest judge for the first time alongside Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba on 'Dancing with the Stars,' MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, JULIANNE HOUGH, BRUNO TONIOLI
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1704' - 10 remaining couples took to the ballroom floor on 'Dancing with the Stars,' MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, JULIANNE HOUGH, BRUNO TONIOLI
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Two-time 'Dancing' champion, actress, musician and Emmy(r)-nominated choreographer Julianne Hough returns to the ballroom as a fourth judge on this season of 'Dancing with the Stars,' premiering Monday, September 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. Hough will judge alongside resident judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, JULIANNE HOUGH
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1702' - The competition heated up on a Latin-themed 'Dancing with the Stars' as the celebrities took on new dance routines - a Samba, Jive, Rumba or Paso - and fought for survival, MONDAY2, SEPTEMBER 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor / ABC Via Getty Images) STEVEN TYLER, JULIANNE HOUGH
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Choreographer Derek Hough, winner of the Best Choreography Award for 'Dancing With The Stars,' and actress Julianne Hough attends the Governors Ball during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actors Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough put on big smiles and their dancing schoes for screening of their remake of the 1984 classic 'Footloose' at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. (Photo By: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW - 'Episode 1304A' - Two-time former 'Dancing with the Stars' champion Julianne Hough performed a duet with her 'Footloose 'co-star Kenny Wormald to their remake of 'Holding Out For A Hero,' on 'Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,' TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Julianne Hough from 'Dancing with the Stars' (R) dances with Jasmine Ejan (L) on the set of her new DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment, 'Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom' on September 13, 2009 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Julianne Hough from 'Dancing with the Stars' (L) dances with Jasmine Ejan (R) on the set of her new DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment, 'Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom' on September 13, 2009 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Julianne Hough from 'Dancing with the Stars' (L) dances with Jasmine Ejan (R) on the set of her new DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment, 'Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom' on September 13, 2009 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Julianne Hough from 'Dancing with the Stars' (R) dances with Jasmine Ejan (L) on the set of 'Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom' on September 13, 2009 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 19: 'Dancing With the Stars' Julianne Hough performs at the Children's Miracle Network Celebration at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort's Coronado Ballroom on March 19, 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/WireImage for Children's Miracle Network)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 19: 'Dancing With the Stars' Julianne Hough performs at the Children's Miracle Network Celebration at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort's Coronado Ballroom on March 19, 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/WireImage for Children's Miracle Network)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: DANCING WITH THE STARS - REHEARSALS - CHUCK WICKS -- A gifted songwriter and vocalist, Chuck Wicks made a compelling impression with his Top 5 smash, 'Stealing Cinderella,' the fastest-rising single by a debut country act in 2007. By the time his first album, 'Starting Now' (RCA Nashville), was released in January 2008, he had begun a year-long, 750,000 fan-packed tour opening for superstar Brad Paisley. Chuck co-penned 10 of the 11 songs on his debut CD, including his second hit, 'All I Ever Wanted,' and the new single, 'Man of the House,' a touching story-song about a boy taking on beyond-his-years responsibilities while his father is on military assignment. For more information, please go to: www.chuckwicks.com or www.myspace.com/chuckwicks. Chuck teams with girlfriend and two-time champ Julianne Hough, who returns for her fifth season. An all new cast of celebrities hits the dance floor on ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on ABC. (Photo by Katherine Bomboy/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: DANCING WITH THE STARS - REHEARSALS - CHUCK WICKS -- A gifted songwriter and vocalist, Chuck Wicks made a compelling impression with his Top 5 smash, 'Stealing Cinderella,' the fastest-rising single by a debut country act in 2007. By the time his first album, 'Starting Now' (RCA Nashville), was released in January 2008, he had begun a year-long, 750,000 fan-packed tour opening for superstar Brad Paisley. Chuck co-penned 10 of the 11 songs on his debut CD, including his second hit, 'All I Ever Wanted,' and the new single, 'Man of the House,' a touching story-song about a boy taking on beyond-his-years responsibilities while his father is on military assignment. For more information, please go to: www.chuckwicks.com or www.myspace.com/chuckwicks. Chuck teams with girlfriend and two-time champ Julianne Hough, who returns for her fifth season. An all new cast of celebrities hits the dance floor on ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on ABC. (Photo by Katherine Bomboy/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: DANCING WITH THE STARS - REHEARSALS - CHUCK WICKS -- A gifted songwriter and vocalist, Chuck Wicks made a compelling impression with his Top 5 smash, 'Stealing Cinderella,' the fastest-rising single by a debut country act in 2007. By the time his first album, 'Starting Now' (RCA Nashville), was released in January 2008, he had begun a year-long, 750,000 fan-packed tour opening for superstar Brad Paisley. Chuck co-penned 10 of the 11 songs on his debut CD, including his second hit, 'All I Ever Wanted,' and the new single, 'Man of the House,' a touching story-song about a boy taking on beyond-his-years responsibilities while his father is on military assignment. For more information, please go to: www.chuckwicks.com or www.myspace.com/chuckwicks. Chuck teams with girlfriend and two-time champ Julianne Hough, who returns for her fifth season. An all new cast of celebrities hits the dance floor on ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on ABC. (Photo by Katherine Bomboy/ABC via Getty Images)
LOWER MERION, PA - DECEMBER 4: Singer and dancer Julianne Hough, formerly of 'Dancing With The Stars' poses for photos at Merion Mercy Academy December 4, 2008 in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. The school won a text message contest held by Philadelphia radio station 92.5 WXTU in which they sent 77,000 text messages to win the Julianne Hough concert at the school. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 26: DANCING WITH THE STARS - Two-time 'Dancing with the Stars' champ Julianne Hough (pictured) returns for her fourth season. 'Dancing with the Stars' returns with a three-night premiere event, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 23: DANCING WITH THE STARS - REHEARSALS - Cody Linley will be the youngest contestant ever to compete on 'Dancing with the Stars.' He is best known for his role as Jake Ryan on the wildly popular Disney Channel series 'Hannah Montana,' a role in which he was nominated for a Young Artist Award. He also helped the show garner an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children's Programming. Cody's film credits include 'My Dog Skip,' 'HOOT,' 'Miss Congeniality' and 'Cheaper By the Dozen.' He teams with two-time 'Dancing with the Stars' champ Julianne Hough, who returns for her fourth season. (Photo by Michael Desmond/ABC via Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - JUNE 26: Julianne Hough performs live in concert on June 26, 2008 at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 18: 'Dancing with the Stars' dancer Julianne Hough arrives at the 43rd annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 18: 'Dancing with the Stars' dancer Julianne Hough arrives at the 43rd annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 6: Danncer Julianne Hough arrives at the 'Dancing with the Stars' 100th show event held at Day After on May 6, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/Wireimage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 08: DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW - Episode 604A - Audiences were treated to an encore performance from Monday night's standout couple, Adam Carolla and Julianne Hough, on Dancing with the Stars Results Show, TUESDAY, APRIL 8 (9:02-10:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 21: Dancer Julianne Hough arrives at The 25th Annual William S. Paley TV Festival featuring 'Dancing With The Stars' on March 21, 2008 at The Arclight Cinemas in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 18: Julianne Hough and Helio Castroneves perform during the Dancing With The Stars Tour at Conseco Fieldhouse on January 18, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 27: DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW - 'Episode 510A' -- The two-time Indianapolis 500 Champion Helio Castroneves and his professional partner Julianne Hough were crowned champions on the fifth season of 'Dancing with the Stars,' during the exciting two-part finale on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Carol Kaelson/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 27: DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW - 'Episode 510A' -- The two-time Indianapolis 500 Champion Helio Castroneves and his professional partner Julianne Hough were crowned champions on the fifth season of 'Dancing with the Stars,' during the exciting two-part finale on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Carol Kaelson/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 22: Professional dancer and Series 4 winner Julianne Hough attends the EXTRA 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 5 celebration party, hosted by professional dancer Cheryl Burke, at Charcoal restaurant on October 22, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 22: Professional dancers Cheryl Burke (L) and Julianne Hough attend the EXTRA 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 5 celebration party, hosted by Cheryl Burke, at Charcoal restaurant on October 22, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 22: Professional dancers Julianne (L) and Derek Hough attend the EXTRA 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 5 celebration party, hosted by fellow professional dancer Cheryl Burke, at Charcoal restaurant on October 22, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 26: DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 501C' - Kicking off what promises to be a stellar season of musical performances, Grammy¨ Award-winning country music icon and Academy¨ Award-winning actress Dolly Parton kicked up her heels on 'Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,' WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).. Ms. Parton serenaded the audience singing 'Better Get to Livin'' from her latest album, 'Backwoods Barbie,' and the classic hit, '9 to 5,' accompanied by the professional dancers Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Jr., Julianne Hough and Cheryl Burke. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images)
Julianne Hough, Shaun Robinson and models wearing Tommy Hilfiger (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Julianne Hough and Apolo Anton Ohno (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Julianne Hough performs at the Verizon Wireless Music Center on July 24, 2009 in Noblesville, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 15: Julianne Hough visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 15, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
Julianne Hough performs at the Iowa State Fair on August 23, 2009 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Jason Squires/WireImage)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JUNE 20: Julianne Hough performs in support of her debut release at Shoreline Amphitheater on June 20, 2008 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Actress Julianne Hough arrives on the red carpet of the 2010 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on November 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 01: Actress/singer Julianne Hough attends the unveiling of the new 'got milk?' ad campaign at Hearst Tower on February 1, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images)
Country singer Julianne Hough arrives at the 45th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 18, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest attend LA's Promise Gala at the Kodak Theatre on September 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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Check out my full conversation with Julianne Hough below:

Let's talk about "Dancing With the Stars" -- you're returning!

Well, maybe! I can't confirm or deny. [Smiles] Everyone's saying I'm coming back, but I'm like, "Hey! I haven't signed my deal yet!"

Okay, well we do know that Derek is returning. If you were to hypothetically judge his dancing, how would you remain neutral?

I feel like I judge my brother harsher than anybody! [Laughs] On a daily basis, really. When I think about it, I take myself out of the brother-sister thing, as well as friendships [when I'm judging], because I'm friends with a lot of the dancers, too. I think about the actual progression that they're making, and I realize that this is out of people's comfort zones. I'm not a person to really judge harshly -- I'm more encouraging -- but I really do want to point out tips, so that they can actually grow and progress. That's how I approach it and anybody that I judge: It's never personal, and it's always about the dance. Sometimes tough love is good, too!

Let's talk about your Fall/Winter 2016 collection with MPG Sport. How did you approach this collection of athleisure wear?

I literally lived in dance clothes, workout gear, sweats my whole life -- I would wear it out before it was "cool" to wear out -- when it still looked schlubby. I thought that there had to be a hybrid of working out, but a lot of people are busy, so they can't necessarily go home, shower and do all of that stuff. They could shower at their gym, but then packing clothes and all of that stuff can become a lot of work. So I thought, how could I create something that kind of does both? Not something that's just functional, but also really fashionable.

For instance, there's this cute little jacket that I feel like is not just your go to hoodie: It's got a really slender sleeve, and the zip-up front is more structured. It's a little more high-fashion. Print is really great for working out, but then you also want some more go-to styles like black or herringbone. It makes it feel like you could wear these pieces to work.

The athleisure market is a very competitive space right now. Were there certain things that you wanted to do or include that your competitors aren't doing?

Absolutely. I've actually been wanting to do this [line] for probably 6 or 7 years, and I never felt like I had the right opportunity with the right partner. I didn't want to start from scratch because that's a huge undertaking, and I wanted to work with somebody who had already been doing it for a long time and understood how to actually make the clothes properly and use the right fabrics so that they weren't cheap. You can wash these clothes over and over again and they'll still look fresh and crisp. When I met with MPG, I was like, "You guys are literally everything [that I've been looking for]!" They really don't miss any detail, and they really pride themselves on those little details.

For example, because I'm so short, a lot of leggings are really long on me, but in this line we have leggings that are all hemmed in three different places. So, if you want, you can cut them off, and they're not going to fray.

When I met with them, I realized that we were on the same page. They actually started with dancers, so they understand the whole idea that you want to fit [into your clothes] really nicely. You don't want to just put any old thing on to go to work out. You want to feel cute and confident when you're working out, because that's going to want to make you workout even more. By working out more, the way you move directly affects the way you feel. And if you feel amazing, you're going to have a better life!

What are some functional aspects to workout apparel that you wanted to be sure to include in your collection?

In a previous interview, I was asked if this line was for every body type, and I said that I wanted to make sure that it was, because certain things that I like -- like short shorts or low-rise pants -- not everyone loves. We have a wide variety of bra tops, as well. Everything that I did, I wanted to be versatile.

I also wanted it to be a bang for your buck. I know that not everyone wants to spend a ton on athleisure wear -- some people want to spend it on handbags or shoes or something else -- so here you basically get two for one!

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