TV Guide has a great interview up with Kirstie Alley. In it, she talks about her ability to dance, if she’s a quick learner, being critiqued, her partner Maks, and more. Here’s a take. Be sure to read the link for more. I am soooo liking her!! I really hope she will go far in this competition.
TV Guide Magazine: Are you a great dancer?
Alley: I’m an OK dancer. I dance at clubs, at parties, in my living room as exercise. I’ve done Zumba, which is sort of like Latin aerobics.
TV Guide Magazine: What do you excel at? Are you a quick learner? Really flexible?
Alley: I have good endurance. I don’t think I’m too flexible. Last season, I saw Jennifer Grey gracefully lift her leg up and put her foot on her dance partner’s shoulder. I was like, “Damn! I’m not flexible like that.”
TV Guide Magazine: Are you ready to be critiqued on national television?>
Alley: Being judged, I think, will be hard. When you’re doing a play or a sitcom, the audience laughs or doesn’t laugh, but they don’t usually yell things out like, “Oh, my God. You suck!” [Laughs] Also, you know when you’re in the bottom two and you’re standing there and the lights are bouncing back and forth? I don’t know how I’ll take that. I don’t know if I’ll be a bitch or something. But [the judges] aren’t Simon Cowell-mean. Which I think is good.
TV Guide Magazine: What kind of prep have you done?
TV Guide Magazine: None?
Alley: I’ve gotten myself up to doing two hours on the treadmill or elliptical. I was told, “You really want to get your stamina up.” It’s a rigorous schedule.
TV Guide Magazine: Your partner is Maksim Chmerkovskiy, the legendarily intense Latin ballroom champ. Predict how you two will get along.
Alley: I think we’ll be good together. I’m excited. That’s who I would have chosen. I’m one of those girls who, as hard as I try, I still like a bit of the bad boy. Honestly, if I looked like him or could dance like him, I’d be a cocky dude. He’s sweet, though, and has a good sense of humor. We were instantly bantering and playful.
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