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Kenny Wormald Talks About Footloose, Working With Julianne Hough And Appearing On Dancing With The Stars

November 12, 2011 11:00 AM by Veronica Dudo

Kenny Wormald is the star of the new Footloose movie alongside former Dancing With The Stars pro Julianne Hough. The 2011 remake of the iconic movie has been enjoying success at the box office much to the delight of the 27 year old dancer. In a recent trip to Atlantic City, Wormald hosted a party at The Pool After Dark inside Harrah’s Resort. He spoke with She Knows Reality TV Magazine’s Veronica Dudo about filming Footloose, working with Julianne Hough and what it was like to appear on Dancing With The Stars!

When did you realize you had a passion for dancing?
I went to a New Kids On the Block concert when I was six and I came home and I didn’t stop dancing; I was jumping on the furniture and going crazy so my parents signed me up for dance class when I was six and I haven’t stopped since so that’s kind of when it all went down.

At what point did you decide to turn that passion into a career?
I knew that you could make a career out of dance in New York or L.A. but when you turn 17 and its senior year of high school and everyone’s applying to colleges that’s kind of when it became an actual realistic thing that could happen. I applied to a few colleges to make mom happy but I knew that I was just going to go move to L.A. and pursue this as a career.

What did you want to portray with the iconic role of Ren McCormack?
I just wanted it to be an honest performance, luckily we had an amazing director–Craig Brewer, who did Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan so I knew I was in good hands and obviously Paramount is one of the best so I just wanted to make it honest, make it my own and give the audience what the audience felt in ’84 because that’s what Footloose is all about–just having fun and feeling good and getting a little boogie on.

You have danced for over 20 years. With this role you not only danced but also had to act, what was it like to do both?
It was great; I learned so much every day. We shot for 50 days and I shot for about 45 of those days because I was on set nearly every day and I loved it. I did another film but it went straight to DVD it was called Center Stage 2 but it was planned on DVD it’s not like it shifted to DVD (laughs) so that was like the first learning experience and then I applied what I knew and learned way more on this one and prior to shooting I worked with some amazing coaches so I was prepared and I was in good hands.

What has been the response from fans who have seen the movie?
The whole past two months has been a wow experience; we did a whole promo tour and we were doing screenings of the film and talking to people after they saw the film and we felt a lot of positivity coming from those screenings so to have it translate into the actual box office has been insane. I couldn’t ask for anything more, it could have bombed–it’s taking a big risk remaking Footloose so I’m very proud, I’m very happy, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else and I’m just excited for what’s next.

What was it like to work with Julianne Hough?
It’s been great! She’s an absolute true professional, she comes to work every day fully focused and she’s an amazing dancer, she’s beautiful, she had a lot of weight on her shoulders for this role; it’s her first big thing and she’s kind of famous already so if she messes up there’s a lot riding on it and she didn’t she was awesome.

You performed with her on Dancing With The Stars. Can you describe the atmosphere in the room?
It was so cool, especially because it her return to the show so not only were we representing the film, we were representing that; so the magnitude was huge! The room itself was just electric, all the fans in the room were just so happy to see her on that floor again and what we did I felt was very strong so it was cool.

What’s next in your career?
I’m attached to a film called, Someone in the Dark and I’m reading a ton of scripts and just trying to make more films.

Your have danced with such super stars as Madonna, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Prince. You also toured with Justin Timberlake, what did you learn from those experiences?
I would say just how to handle being in the light. Dancing for Justin was the best experience ever not only because I was obsessed with his music and the choreography they were doing but the way he handles himself; he’s like the most famous dude on the planet and he’s humble as hell and he looks you in the eye when he talks to you; brought me to his family’s house he’s so down to Earth he’s exactly what I would want to emulate if I was ever in a position like that.

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