"I feel really open, and I feel hopeful," the actress and dancer says in new interview.
In a new interview with Harper's Bazaar, the "World of Dance" host touched on how the two are co-parenting daughter Everly since the split, as well as her new career moves, which she says have nothing to do with the breakup.
"The moves I'm making are completely not related to my marriage or separation, interestingly enough. I was always very happy being a wife," Dewan told the publication. She added, however, that she still struggled with questions like, "Who are you?", "What do you want to give to the world?," and "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," she explained. That being said, living single has its upsides.
"I feel a sense of joy and freedom and excitement, truly, about a new chapter in my life," she said of being on her own. "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."
At one point during the interview, Dewan also opened up about meeting her ex during auditions for "Step Up" and their instant attraction. "Chemistry is not always romantic, it's an ease," she said. "Can you talk to this person easily? And that, I knew, happened. I was like, 'We can really talk to each other." She also watched their audition video with the reporter, adding, "Watching the video, it's like, 'Oh, look at them. They're just easy.'"
Of working with Tatum to raise their 5-year-old daughter together, she added, "We're just getting used to it. We're in a very positive energy together, trying to be the best parents to Everly. We support each other." Everly, she also noted, is "like a little mirror for me. She's so willful that she kind of inspires me to get clear and more willful in my own life."
Having their little girl also helped Dewan feel a sense of purpose, something that never had her worrying about her next Hollywood project. "Whether you try and hide it or not, most actresses and actors have a certain sense of anxious desperation about what their next job is. As soon as I had Everly, it went away," she explained. "I had this freedom of, 'Well, I could never work another day in my life, and I have a purpose.' The irony is, that deep surrender brought so much opportunity and projects my way."
Now that she's living single, Tatum has surrounded herself with what the Harper's Bazaar writer refers to as her "goddess circle," a spiritual group of women who "talk about what we're going through."
"At the end of the day, the whole point is women coming together, and supporting each other, and connecting, and bonding," she added. "We have these crazy lives... I think as I've gotten older, it sounds cliché, but it's more important to have a really solid group of girls that are there for me, who get me."
Dewan ended the interview saying she has "a lot of hope for what the new chapter of my life will be."
"World of Dance" Season 2 premieres tonight on NBC.