Actress/singer/dancer Julianne Hough is not having a good week. On Oct. 26, 2013, she issued an apology after getting a firestorm of criticism for wearing a Halloween costume in which she had on blackface makeup as she was dressed as the African-American character Crazy Eyes from the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black," a show about female prisoners. Paparazzi photographed Hough wearing the costume to a party on Oct. 25, 2013. Crazy Eyes is played by actress Uzo Aduba, who has not publicly commented on the controversy.
Hough made this statement on Twitter: “I am a huge fan of the show Orange is the New black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.”
Meanwhile, Hough's latest movie "Paradise" has been a huge flop with critics and movie audiences. Even though the movie's team included three Oscar winners — writer/director Diablo Cody (who won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for 2007's "Juno"), actress Octavia Spencer (who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 2011's "The Help") and actress Holly Hunter (who won an Oscar for Best Actress for 1994's "The Piano") — most critics blasted "Paradise" for being predictable and painfully dull. On the website Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews from movie critics, "Paradise" has only an 18 percent approval rating.
"Paradise" is a comedy in which Hough plays an embittered woman named Lamb Mannerheim who is scarred from an airplane crash and who rebels from her religious, conservative upbringing by traveling to the Las Vegas area with the intention of having hedonistic experiences. The movie's cast also includes Russell Brand and Nick Offerman.
"Paradise" (from Image Entertainment) had its VOD premiere on Sept. 19, 2013, before the movie had a limited release in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Oct. 18, 2013. The movie was such a bomb that it didn't even rank on Box Office Mojo's chart for movies opening in theaters that weekend. Of the 112 movies ranked on the chart for that weekend, the lowest-grossing movie was "Il Futuro," which made just $81 that weekend from one location. It can be assumed that "Paradise" made less than $81 in its opening weekend in theaters.
Hough (who dated Ryan Seacrest from 2010 to 2013) first found fame in 2007 as a dancer on "Dancing With the Stars." She won the championship twice on the show. She then parlayed that fame into careers as a country singer and an actress. Her movies include 2010's "Burlesque," the 2011 remake of "Footloose," the 2012 movie version of the stage musical "Rock of Ages" and the 2013 adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel "Safe Haven." Even though all of these movies were disliked by most critics, the films grossed millions at the box office, to varying degrees of profitability.
"Paradise" is no doubt an embarrassing flop for Hough that she would like to forget.