Jeannie Mai and ‘DWTS’ professional Brandon Armstrong hit it off proper from the beginning. The pair spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL in regards to the belief they’ve with one another, what Brandon’s taught her, and extra.
Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong graced the ballroom throughout the Dancing With the Stars premiere with a spicy salsa that earned them an 18 out of 30 rating on the primary night time. The judges are already loving Jeannie and Brandon’s wonderful power collectively. Jeannie’s persona actually shined within the routine. HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Jeannie and Brandon about how they’re feeling after week one.
“, I’ve finished TV for thus lengthy, however I’ve by no means had one of these an emotional expertise, in all probability due to 2020 and realizing how fickle life may be,” Jeannie instructed HollywoodLife after the Sept. 14 premiere. “So to be there within the second with a fantastic ballroom and gifted individuals like Brandon and celebrities doing issues they’ve by no means finished earlier than, all people out of their consolation zone, however making strides and making joyful moments for everyone else… that, to me, made me must have persona as a result of I used to be so completely satisfied.”
Jeannie and Brandon haven’t had an issue connecting in rehearsals and within the ballroom. They perceive one another, which makes it very straightforward for them to work collectively. “Look, I’m who I’m 100 p.c, and Jeannie is who she is 100 p.c, in order that was one thing that was very lucky for each of us,” Brandon mentioned. “I don’t really feel like I ever needed to, like, determine who she was. I simply knew who she was from the get-go after the primary day of rehearsal. It was like we might speak with one another. She will be able to convey up issues or issues that she has that I’ll assist. Plus, you need to belief one another. So particularly after an evening like this, the belief goes by way of the roof as a result of it’s like, pay attention, I want you to drag up and hit your steps. You want to belief me that I’m educating you to do the suitable issues. After which each worlds collide and all the things’s good.”
Jeannie added: “I additionally assume Brandon could be very empathetically stern. Particularly for a lady, when a person can learn you if you’re nervous and likewise inform you if you’re not doing all of your greatest, it takes a really sure kind of respect to have that capability. He respects me sufficient to say, I do know you’re higher than this. You can provide me extra. After which he additionally is aware of, okay, you’re emotional proper now, that’s wonderful. Take it out elsewhere, however proper right here, this second issues. With the ability to converse with such sensible phrases was very comforting. Additionally, I’ve to be sincere, he was very paying homage to my mother. So coming from a Vietnamese background, my Asian mom is all the things that that appears like. She would inform me the identical issues with damaged English, so he type of gave that very same kind of powerful love, I appreciated it.”
There’s little doubt that Dancing With the Stars could be very bodily demanding. Jeannie admitted that she’s been “humbled” by the “grace and poise” that the professionals have, and he or she’s already realized a lot in only a quick period of time.
“Brandon truly taught me that I’ve been strolling flawed in my heels,” Jeannie revealed. “I’m 41 years previous, and I’ve been doing it since I used to be like 8. You’re gonna inform me I don’t know do my heels? However he’s like, you’re standing pigeon-toed. You want to lean extra on this facet, and also you want your legs to be straighter. I’m like, it’s a knee. It bends. He’s like, not in dance. It makes me understand that if you actually nail it proper, and also you have a look at dancers like Emma [Slater] and Jenna [Johnson], there’s a cause why they appear so lithe and lengthy and sleek as a result of you need to problem your physique. You’ll be able to’t say, oh, I’ve a nasty again or the unhealthy knee. No, you possibly can put your self forward of no matter your setbacks are, and also you all the time come out glowing. In order that’s what I need to be taught to attain. It’s to stroll like a girl on the finish of this.” Dancing With the Stars season 29 airs Mondays on ABC.