Julianne Hough is still pinching herself in disbelief after landing her dream role in Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody's directorial debut Lamb of God.
The former Dancing With the Stars regular, who stars in Tom Cruise's new movie Rock of Ages, admits she can't believe she beat out other leading ladies to portray a Christian evangelist with burns over two-thirds of her body.
She tells WENN, "I play a burn survivor trying to find out who she is all over again. It was one of those movies where you become so grateful and you just want to be a really nice person and know everybody's name.
"It was one of those times in my life where I will always remember that role. I went back to a time when I was five years old, when I loved life; the film changed me.
"Every day I told Diablo, 'Thank you so much for givingme this role because every girl in Hollywood wanted it.'
"She could have had anybody she wanted and she went with a dancer chick".