GLEE's Amber Riley Talks DANCING WITH THE STARS
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In an interview with Access Hollywood, Amber Riley talked about getting in shape for her upcoming appearance of ABC's 17th season on DANCING WITH THE STARS. The Glee star is currently in rehearsals with Mirror Ball champ and professional dance partner Derek Hough.
"This year, I completely changed my eating habits because of health issues that I had previously," the actress said on Wednesday. "But I guess it was preparation for this. Maybe God knew I was going to do ['DWTS'] and then had me change my eating habits and work out more!"
Continued the 27-year-old, "I really do want to put my money where my mouth is. I'm supposed to be like a role model, I want to take care of my insides as well as my outside. So, this was encouraging for me to get my body moving and just get healthy."
While many may view Riley's dance experience on the FOX musical drama as an unfair advantage, she maintains that she is approaching the experience with great trepidation. "I'm very nervous!" she said. "But it's an exciting nervous, because I'm doing this because it's fun. I love dancing. It's a different kind of expression."
Adds partner Hough, "She's inspiring me as far as her attitude and her performance already, so now I just to make sure that I give her choreography that's going extenuate that."
"Dancing with the Stars" Season 17 premieres on September 16 at 8/7c on ABC.