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Jenna Dewan on Failing as a Mother

Jenna Dewan: If Her Daughter Isn't "Running Her Own Business or Ruling the World, I Have Failed as a Mother"

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 22:  Actress Jenna Dewan attends the 28th Annual EMA Awards Ceremony at Montage Beverly Hills on May 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Talk about setting the bar high! In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Jenna Dewan admitted that her 4-year-old daughter, Everly, is taking after her mom in a lot of ways.

"She's like a little mirror for me," she said. "She's so willful that she kind of inspires me to get clear and be more willful in my own life. If she's not running her own business, or ruling the world, I have failed as a mother."

Although those are certainly lofty expectations to set on a preschooler (and we imagine she was being a touch hyperbolic!), it's clear she has similar goals for herself following the end of her nine-year marriage to Channing Tatum.

"The moves I'm making are completely not related to my marriage or separation, interestingly enough," she shared. "I was always very happy being a wife. 'Who are you? What do you want to give to the world? What excites you?' Those feelings started bubbling up for me, naturally . . . so I really wanted to expand my life, and myself. And that was my journey, no one else's."

About being on her own, she added: "I feel a sense of joy and freedom and excitement, truly, about a new chapter in my life. And I have no attachments to how that's going to look, or what that's going to be. I feel really open, and I feel hopeful."

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