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Brooks Laich Opens Up About New Romance With Julianne Hough: “I’m a Pretty Lucky Guy”

Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich
Brooks Laich says new girlfriend Julianne Hough is a "cool, cool gal" and a "sweetheart"Pacific Coast News

Brooks Laich has only good things to say about new girlfriend Julianne Hough. In an interview with Washington, D.C., radio station 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday, Feb. 19, the Washington Capitals NHL player opened up about his romance with the Rock of Ages actress, whom he met through mutual friend Teddy Sears.

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Sears, an actor who worked with Hough on the upcoming movie Curve, introduced the two in December — but he'd been trying to set them up for a while before that. "On set, apparently, he was talking with Julianne…and asked her if she'd been seeing anyone, and she said no or whatever, and I guess he was watching our hockey game at the time," Laich explained.

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"He always watches the game on Game Center on his iPad," he continued. "I guess he just showed her the iPad and said, 'Well, I've got a guy for you,' or something."

Asked whether he knew of her work on Dancing With the Stars before they started dating, Laich admitted he'd "never seen an episode."

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"But in my defense, she had never seen a Caps game, either, until she met Teddy," he quipped. "I don't want to get into a whole lot of it. I'm kind of shy on my personal life. But she's a cool, cool gal. She's just a sweetheart, very loving, very giving. She puts so much great out into the world. I'm a pretty lucky guy."

Hough is pretty lucky, too. "It works out well. They're having fun," a source told Us. Added another insider: "She's happier than ever."

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