In June 2012, Hough told AOL's The Boot that her second album was "completely done" and that she was initially "really, really looking forward to the record." However, she also stated that, due to the underperforming lead single and having "a lot of momentum" in her film career, there are no plans to release Wildfire.
She does intend to resume focusing on her music career at some point, though: "I feel like when I have the time to focus on it, and when I feel like it is the right time, [I'll return to] my music," she said. She appeared in an uncredited role as a "Hogwarts schoolgirl".
She returned again on May 15, 2012 in a dance performance to promote her film Rock of Ages.
On October 7, 2013, she was guest judge in place of Len Goodman, which was the first time a former pro dancer came back to judge.
In 2016, she played Sandy in the live Fox television production of Grease. Hough was one of the Million Dollar Dancers in the 2006 ABC game show called Show Me the Money. On November 27, 2007, Hough and her partner, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Hélio Castroneves, became the winners of season five.
She left London that year, after having been "abused, mentally, physically, everything," she said, a situation that escalated "when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl. I was told if I ever went back to the United States, three things were going to happen. Hough returned for season six with radio host/comedian Adam Carolla, but they were eliminated in week four.
In 2012, she filmed her starring role opposite Josh Duhamel in the romantic drama Safe Haven, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, which was released on February 14, 2013.
Hough also starred in the comedy-drama Paradise as Lamb Mannerhelm, which was released on October 18, 2013. Hough portrayed the role of Sandy Young for Fox's live television presentation of the musical Grease on January 31, 2016.
Hough's album, which met with mixed reviews, and released an EP of Christmas music called Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection.
They embarked on the sold out tour on May 25, 2014 in Park City, Kansas and ended it in Los Angeles on July 26, 2014.
Due to the success of ticket sales and several sold out venues before the tour had officially kicked off, several more shows were added to the tour schedule, which also sold out.
Following the success of the 2014 tour and high demand, the Houghs announced the return of "Move Live on Tour" in the summer of 2015.
Spanning from June 12, 2015 to August 8, 2015, the sold out tour visited over 40 cities throughout the U. and Canada, and visited larger venues than in the previous year.