After her high-scoring paso doble on the DANCING WITH THE STARS: ALL-STARS performance show, it should come as no surprise that Kelly Monaco (Sam, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was safe and will be dancing again in the next episode. But what may come as a surprise is that next week, Monaco and partner Val Chmerkovskiy will be dancing contemporary! “There’s not a lot of technique to it,” he allows. “It’s very interpretive.”
The actress plays a character on GH, and would also prefer to do that with her dancing. “I like to tell other people’s stories,” she confesses. “I never like to tell my story. My story’s a closed book, so it’s going to be really difficult for me to emotionally invest in something that’s me. It’s going to put me in a very vulnerable position.”
But Monaco also admits that breaking through that comfort zone is a big part of doing this show. “It’s a journey of who you are and letting it out a little bit,” she says. “You think you know [me]. You have no idea!”
Even though GH was on vacation this week, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) were in the audience to cheer on their castmate. “They’re amazing,” Monaco enthuses. “Their support means everything. Becky brought two of her kids. Their support is amazing, and it follows over into their fan base. We want daytime to do well.”
“Watching her was amazing!” declares Herbst. “I love watching her. I think she just lights up the entire room when she dances.” And being in the audience may have inspired her to take to the floor herself! “I’ve always said no,” she reveals, “but then there’s a part of me when I watch them dance that makes me so excited. I want to get out there!”
Tune in next Monday, October 15, at 8:00 pm EST for the next round of performances of DANCING WITH THE STARS: ALL-STARS and see how Monaco fares with the contemporary style. And don’t forget to vote!