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J.R. Martinez Describes His Long Road to 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 7th 2011 6:30PM
J.R. Martinez on 'Good Day LA'J.R. Martinez has traveled a long road in the past eight years. He's gone from suffering major burns on his body and face as a U.S. Army soldier serving in Iraq to acting on 'All My Children' and then, to 'Dancing With the Stars.' Martinez stopped by 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox) to talk about how he wound up on the dance competition show and how he thinks he'll do.

Martinez had considered 'Dancing With the Stars' before 'All My Children' was canceled in April, and after the cancelation, he made a few phone calls. "I talked to a couple of friends of mine and they said, no, it really would be a great opportunity for you, and we think you'd do great on it," he said.


How does he think he'll do? "I got a little rhythm," he said. "I'm Hispanic, you know, so it's in the bloodline. Now we just got to get it to filter to my feet." It seems amazing to him, looking back at where he's been, that he even made it to the show. "Eight years ago, literally, I was at the beginning stages of my recovery," he said, "and to now think eight years later I'm on one of the highest rated shows on television, it's pretty interesting."


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