Jenna stops by Ellen on Tuesday (Apr. 25, 2017) to tell Ellen DeGeneres about how her relationship with Channing came to be. She says that they were working on Step Up together and had both expressed interest in dating each other exclusively, but Channing had cold feet.
“He did this whole thing where he didn’t want to be in a relationship, so I was like, ‘Look, if you want to date other people and be free, that’s fine, but we’re not going to hang out and watch movies. You’ve got to figure out what you want, because I know I want to be in a relationship with you,” says Jenna.
A few nights later, Channing went out drinking and had a wild night with other dancers from the cast. She heard a knock on her hotel room door at two in the morning and opened it to find him standing there in his “tequila night” uniform.
“I go and open the door — he’s going to kill me for this,” Jenna begins, “and he has [on] underwear, a sombrero, and Ugg boots, and he’s like, ‘Let’s do this.’ “
They ended up spending the night together and production assistants grew concerned the next morning when he was late to set and they couldn’t find him in his room. Jenna pulled one assistant aside and told her that he was in her room. When he finally arrived, he was greeted with a round of applause.
Watch Jenna tell the full story above and watch the video below to see how their dancing has influenced their own daughter’s dancing, for better or for worse.