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Dancing With The Stars: Shannen Doherty’s Inspiration

March 05, 2010 08:00 AM by Nancy Floyd

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Shannen Doherty has been approached by Dancing With the Stars‘ producers in the past and she quickly turned them down! So what made the former 90210 star change her mind and decide to be a part of the show’s season 10 cast? Her dad! Keep reading to find out the inspiration that Doherty found in her father’s battle for his life…

Alums of 90210 have had success on ABC‘s Dancing With the Stars in the past (Ian Ziering and Jennie Garth both finished in fourth place in seasons four and five respectively), but that wasn’t enough to coax Shannen Doherty into doing the show. Despite the fact that producers for Dancing With the Stars have approached her in past seasons, Doherty has never wanted to be a part of the dance competition. Why not? “I have a huge fear of live audiences,” Doherty explains. “I break out in hives, full blown panic attacks, and everything else.”

If that’s the case, why did the former 90210 and Charmed star agree to give Dancing With the Stars a chance this time around? The actress says she was inspired by her father who suffered a stroke this past Christmas. “He lost his speech, he wasn’t mobile,” she says. “He was really struggling, and still is. When I mentioned this to him, he got really excited, and he wanted me to do it. I thought, if my dad can fight through having a stroke and the loss of being able to communicate, I think I can do this for him. So I figured I’m going to get over my fear for him.”

Fear isn’t the only thing Doherty needs to work on if she hopes to find success on ABC‘s Dancing With the Stars: she also needs to hit the gym!  ”I don’t work out,” she says, admitting that she hasn’t gone to the gym since her time on Charmed. “I need to get my endurance up.” Getting in shape is something she’s looking forward to though. “I’m going to get in great shape, and everyone who I know who’s been on the show has had a great time,” she says. “It’s with hesitation and fear, but it’s going to be good to conquer a fear.”

Doherty will be dancing with two-time Dancing With the Stars, Mark Ballas, when the competition returns to ABC on March 22nd.

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