For those of you who weren’t able to turn into Nightline to see J.R.’s new interview, here it is below. He has his Mom to thank for beginning his road to recovery after what happened to him in Iraq. It’s been a long road to the dance floor…
J.R. on his long time girlfriend, Diana Jones;
“She’s definitely my number one fan, outside of my mother … she always kind of reminds me, that ‘you have the ability.’ She always kind of tells me that ‘you’re one of the few people I know that when you put your mind to something, I really believe that you can do it.’”
Nightline interviewed J.R. and his longtime girlfriend Diana Jones, executive assisant for “All My Children”. Diana talks of the first time she met J.R. and how she wasn’t thrown off by his scars. J.R. knew from the beginning that Diana looked at him in a different way and on a deeper level. You can see a teaser of the interview below. Lots more at the link. The full interview with Diana and J.R. will be aired on “Nightline” Monday night at 11:00pm ET.
ADDING: Also, below is a new Rehearsal interview with J.R. and Karina with On The Red Carpet;
The first thing J.R. Martinez did on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night was thank all the vets in the audience for their service, time, and sacrifice. He then went through his remarkable story of how he got burned in Iraq and his recovery process to taking a part on All My Children. They go on to talk about his black Lab, Romeo, and how J.R. dressed him up for Halloween. J.R. then talked about his perfect “10’s” last week on Dancing With The Stars. They review his Waltz and why it meant so much to him as well as the show. He’s having so much fun and he can’t wait to be the Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal! More in detail below….
ADDING: Below is J.R. and Karina on Extra as well…
ET has a special video up with J.R. and Karina today. Check out how the two honored some locals Vets for the Veteran’s day holiday. What a better way to celebrate life, service, and giving back by teaching “dance”.
ADDING: Be sure to tune into the Extreme MakeOver: Home Edition tonight. A 1 hour special will air that honors the men and women who serve and protect our country. According to Celebuzz, J.R. will be making an appearance. You can read more on the show at the link. He’ll be on Jay Leno tonight as well.
ADDING #2: Below is a new interview with Access Hollywood as well…
Even though J.R. was exhausted from several weeks of rehearsals and dancing on Dancing With The Stars, he travelled to Tennessee to talk about how he broke through a “dark place” after the severe burns he suffered from in Iraq. He explains in detail below for how it happened and how he found his life’s purpose afterwards. So touching. Listen below…
Isn’t that a great picture? It’s from a new little article in People where Karina talks of her favorite body part on J.R. >>>HIS FEET!! J.R. talks of all the things he’s learning from Karina too. Here is more…
“J.R. has girly feet and they are beautiful,” Karina gushed during Thursday’s waltz rehearsal. “Good toes, good pedicure. Much nicer than my feet!”
Martinez, 28, who was severely injured in the war burns over much of his body, says he’s overjoyed to be taking orders from the ballroom pro.
“I’ve learned so much, Karina is an amazing talent,” he says. “She has shown me that it’s all posture, and framing and being elegant. It’s all about fingers and toes. Being a guy, I tend to move all over the place.”
Then on Stripes.com, J.R. comments that dancing isn’t as tough as basic training, but “it has its moments”. He talks of what happened in Iraq, the military support, and what he hopes to accomplish on Dancing With The Stars including having tributes to military families.
Martinez said he jumped at the chance to compete on the dancing show to push his motivational message out even further. He’s hopeful that civilians will see him and be reminded of the troops still serving overseas, and that military viewers will be inspired to push themselves into new challenges.
“This is outside of my comfort zone,” he said. “It’s a personal challenge for myself. I’ve got a little rhythm in me, and Karina [Smirnoff, his dancing partner] is trying to get that out. That’s the biggest challenge right now.”
The pair are also planning “dances to pay tribute to the military and their families,” although he wouldn’t go into further specifics. Martinez did say that he’s already suffered his first dancing injury — a jammed toe while practicing the jitterbug — but said that hurt his pride more than anything else.
“I’m huffing and puffing a bit, but I’m taking control,” he said. “It’s fun, and I’m confident. I think we can win this.”
Much more HERE. Like so many of you, I can’t wait to see these two light us and the Country up…and in more ways than one!