Emmy-nominated actress Melora Hardin and her professional partner Artem Chigvintsev are a dark horse to win season 30 of “Dancing With the Stars”. They delighted the audience again and again and were only once among the bottom three (where they were then saved by the judges).
In an interview with Heavy, Melora admitted that she was “feeling a lot of pressure” to win, but for a very sweet reason actually. Read on to find out why the pressure is on and learn about the new project that Melora and her husband Gildart Jackson are working on.
We had to ask Melora if there was any pressure to win because Artem is the reigning Mirrorball Champion – he won Season 29 with partner Kaitlyn Bristowe. Melora said there is absolute pressure, but for an entirely different reason.
“[T]the real pressure is that his gorgeous little son who is 14 months old accidentally broke his Mirrorball trophy! So I feel a lot of pressure to get him another one to replace the broken one! “Said Melora.
We suspect that if ABC could place two of Derek Hough’s lost trophies, they can fix Artem’s Mirrorball trophy. But we hope the pressure pushes Melora to work hard because she has been a joy to see this season – even if she and Artem sometimes clash at rehearsals.
Fans were recently shown how intense things can get during rehearsals – a video package from Melora and Artem showed that they … didn’t have a real “fight” in rehearsals, but tempers were high. Melora told us that the two have similar work ethics, so it’s easy to see how all that intensity sometimes overflows – but she said he was “an excellent teacher”.
“Artem is fantastic. We have a similar work ethic, we both like to work hard, diligently and focused. I like him very much as a person, he is very warm-hearted, very present and he is an excellent teacher, “said the former” Office “star.
The “Bold Type” actress also said that “Dancing With the Stars” was harder than she thought, but not for the reason she imagined it would.
“It was amazing. … Yes, it was physically and mentally challenging to learn something new. And that’s what I expected. I didn’t expect the emotional challenge, ”said Melora.
She continued, “It’s hard to throw yourself into the fire every week as a beginner and live up to your own expectations, to put on a good show to be proud of. You always struggle with the fact that you can never perfect your performance before performing for millions! And then, as soon as you are done – the next morning! – You start all over again. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy it. I do. I love and I love to perform. But it’s been a roller coaster of emotions every minute and every week since we started. ”
During the pandemic, Melora’s husband Gildart Jackson, who is a prolific audiobook teller, began reading classical literature and posting the readings as a “Fireside Reading” on YouTube and Instagram.
Now the two have teamed up with a company called Dreamscape to produce “film quality” readings. Gildart conducts the readings and Melora directs the episodes. In the course of the coming year they plan to release videos for “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, “Peter Pan”, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, “A Christmas Carol”, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ”. “Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet” and many more.
Melora described it to us as “a way to slow down” and said that it “really is one of those forms of entertainment that has something for everyone”. You can learn more about the project here.
We also had to ask which Melora and Gildart TV shows are not to be missed or which they enjoyed during the pandemic.
Her favorites are of course “The Bold Type”, but also “The Crown”, “The Queen’s Gambit”, “Bridgerton”, “Fauda”, “Bailey and Scott” and “Borgen”.
Good luck to Melora and Artem in their quest for the Mirrorball trophy!
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Mondays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time on ABC.
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