Gabby Douglas is your first-ever ‘Masked Dancer’ champion! HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the Olympian about performing as Cotton Sweet, that stunning fall, and extra.
Gabby Douglas, 25, is aware of what it feels wish to win, and the Olympic gold medalist is a champion as soon as once more. Throughout The Masked Dancer finale on Feb. 17, Gabby was topped the present’s first winner. The gymnast was revealed as Cotton Sweet after weeks of robust competitors.
HollywoodLife chatted EXCLUSIVELY with the Olympian about her Masked Dancer journey. Gabby admitted that she’s “by no means accomplished something like this earlier than” and loved each minute of it. She additionally revealed how she was feeling proper after that jaw-dropping fall whereas rehearsing for one among her earlier performances. Learn our full Q&A beneath:
You’re no stranger to being a winner, however what have been you feeling in that second whenever you have been topped The Masked Dancer champion?
Gabby Douglas: I used to be like, that is the Olympics another time as a result of it was such a enjoyable expertise. It took a whole lot of laborious work and energy, nevertheless it was such enjoyable work. If I may do it once more I’d as a result of it was a rare expertise.
What was it concerning the Cotton Sweet costume that basically stood out to you?
Gabby Douglas: I beloved her totally different layers. I beloved her massive skirt, I beloved her sweet items, and her sweet crown on the highest. There have been little gumdrops and little candies throughout and glitter on her outfit. I beloved her lashes and massive smile and sweet head. Wardrobe did such an incredible job along with her costume, and I beloved each inch of that costume.
What was it like performing within the costume?
Gabby Douglas: I’ve by no means accomplished something like this earlier than. It was so totally different as a result of I’m used to performing with simply me and never with the entire get-up. It was enjoyable. I acquired to go exterior of myself, do one thing so new, be in character, and likewise dance on the identical time. It was actually enjoyable.
In your closing efficiency, you probably did a entrance tuck in addition to entrance walkovers and again walkovers. How did you retain the masks on? I used to be so scared it was going to fall off.
Gabby Douglas: I used to be actually questioning about that piece, too. They’d a buckle underneath my chin, so the masks suits fairly tight. It wobbled right here and there, nevertheless it didn’t fly off.
On your closing efficiency, do you know from the start that you just wished to include a few of your gymnastics films understanding that may be a giveaway?
Gabby Douglas: I used to be able to go for it. I used to be speaking with my producer. I completely love him. I used to be like, “Do you suppose we must always flip or will that give it away?” He’s like, “We acquired to exit with a bang.” And I’m like, “You recognize what? Let’s go! Add every thing into this efficiency, and I’ll go away it out on the ground.” In order that’s what we did. The judges have been shut anyway, so we have been like, why not?
How did you are feeling whenever you noticed Ashley Tisdale tearing up over your closing efficiency?
Gabby Douglas: She made me cry. I used to be already emotional that day as a result of it was the final efficiency and my final time with everybody. However I used to be so glad that I acquired to specific all my feelings and emotions and efficiency. And I used to be so comfortable that reached the judges.
Dance and gymnastics are totally different, however they do have some similarities. How would you say your gymnastics coaching helped you when it comes to studying routines?
Gabby Douglas: So I used to be very lucky to have no less than some kind of rhythm and being very quick at selecting up choreography. However it is extremely totally different as a result of dancing is all about feeling and emotion and vibe and keenness. Whereas gymnastics you do get somewhat little bit of a really feel for that, nevertheless it’s extra static poses as an alternative of shifting and doing totally different genres of dance.
Do you’ve gotten a favourite efficiency?
Gabby Douglas: I can’t even choose. I beloved each single efficiency as a result of I acquired to take action many cool issues and tips in character and vibe to each single one among them. So I don’t know if I can choose.
In one among your earlier performances, you really had that basically terrifying fall. What was going via your head in that second whenever you fell?
Gabby Douglas: I used to be like, I can’t imagine I simply fell. It occurred so quick, and I wished to make it so lovely. I wasn’t paying consideration. My left shoulder was exterior of the ring and the costume, in fact, added further weight. That’s after I fell. However I used to be like, I can’t imagine I fell, however let me test my tooth as a result of I don’t need any chips or tooth lacking. All the pieces was tremendous. I acquired up and was like, let’s do it once more.
Did you suppose you have been damage? Or have been you instantly tremendous after you fell?
Gabby Douglas: I used to be good. I gave myself only a few minutes to ensure I didn’t transfer too shortly, simply in case. I used to be splayed on the bottom, however I used to be so lucky to have the Cotton Sweet outfit on as a result of she did pad the autumn for me. I used to be tremendous grateful. However I used to be checking my tooth for no less than two minutes that I used to be on the bottom. Everyone was freaking out. And I’m like, you guys, I’m tremendous. I simply acquired up and was like, I’m good.
Was there a second the place you didn’t need to attempt the aerial transfer once more?
Gabby Douglas: No, I used to be like, I’ve to get proper again up there and do it. Everybody mentioned to take a second and take a breath. I’m like, no, I actually need to do that. I need to make it so superb as a result of it was such a lovely piece. I actually wished to do it justice. I didn’t need to change something as a result of it was so, so lovely and so good as it’s.
You’ve got carried out on the world’s greatest stage. This can be a little bit totally different for you. What has The Masked Dancer meant to you and simply the expertise of doing one thing fully totally different than what you’ve accomplished earlier than?
Gabby Douglas: It means a lot to me. Simply to have the ability to have this superb journey, in my thoughts, I can’t even put phrases to it. The entire complete expertise was so enjoyable. I beloved each single problem. I beloved placing in laborious work and energy. It has actually impressed and simply sort of woke up this ardour in me to even dance extra.
The Olympics are developing. What’s your standing with that? What are your plans for 2021?
Gabby Douglas: Actually, I’m taking it sooner or later at a time. Are we nonetheless going to have the Olympics? I do not know, however we’ll positively see.