“Dancing with the Stars” Pros Sashay Their Way Into Acting Gigs


“Dancing with the Stars” pro Derek Hough is following his sister, Julianne Hough, by trying his hand at acting. However, instead of bringing his smooth moves to the silver screen, he’s sashaying his way onto the small screen.

According to Deadline, Hough joined ABC’s “Nashville” for a multi-episode story arc. He’s stepping out of his comfort zone to portray an actor named Noah West, who is described as a “beguiling and disarming movie star who will cross paths with the players of Nashville’s music realm for the first time when he’s tapped for a leading role in the biopic of a famous country singer.”

This is a daring move for Derek – he’s playing an actor after doing very little acting himself. Hough’s past acting credits include a role as a dance instructor on the ABC series “Better With You” and the lead role in the indie dance movie “Make Your Move.” He and his sister were also extras in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

Hough isn’t ditching dancing to try acting full-time just yet; he’s still set to compete on season 19 of “Dancing with the Stars.” Many other pros from the reality dancing show have scored gigs on TV, so let’s take a look at Derek’s fellow competitors who also landed acting roles.

1. Tony Dovolani on “The Exes”

Earlier this year, this season 15 winner reunited with his season 17 partner on the TV Land series “The Exes.” Dovolani and Leah Remini shared one last dance in the episode “My Fair Stuart,” but there was a plot twist — Nicole (Remini) actually tried teaching Ralph (Dovolani) how to dance at a dinner party. Their performance ended with Dovolani making a meta “Dancing with the Stars” joke. According to TV Line, Dovolani is another pro returning for season 19 of “Dancing with the Stars.”


2. Maksim Chmerkovskiy on “The Exes,” “General Hospital,” and “Chasing Life”

Chmerkovskiy also danced with one of “The Exes” leading ladies back in 2012. In the episode “Shall We Dance,” he donned a tuxedo to tango with Holly (Kristen Johnston) and Lorna (Janet Varney) at a ballroom dance competition. Maksim also played a handyman whose choreography skills came in handy on “General Hospital.” His Nurses Ball performance included a sexy “Magic Mike”-inspired strip routine.

More recently, Chmerkovskiy popped up on the ABC Family series “Chasing Life,” playing a tango teacher who shares a dance with Sara (Mary Page Keller). Maksim fans better start praying that he scores more acting gigs; during an appearance on “The View,” the dancer revealed his days on the reality dancing show are over.


3. Allison Holker on “Hit the Floor”

This season 19 newcomer is a former “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant who also appeared in the first two “High School Musical” movies. Holker’s most recent acting credit is a role as one of the Los Angeles Devil Girls, the NBA cheerleading team featured in the VH1 series “Hit the Floor.” She plays Charlie, a second-year veteran of the squad.


4. Dmitry Chaplin on “Baby Daddy”

This season nine second place finisher played cougar prey back in May, on the ABC Family series “Baby Daddy.” Chaplin portrayed dance instructor Vladimir, who Bonnie (Melissa Peterman) enjoyed a little “flirty dancing” with during her dancing class. Her magic moment was rudely interrupted by Riley (Chelsea Kane) and Tucker (Tahj Mowry) and nothing further developed.


5. Anna Trebunskaya on “The Newsroom”

This red-hot redhead won’t be competing on season 19 of “Dancing with the Stars,” but you can catch her on an upcoming episode of HBO’s “The Newsroom.” In the fifth episode of season three, she’s set to play an airline ticket agent. It might seem like a small part, but there’s nothing wrong with taking baby steps; it’s probably tough to trade doing the quickstep for fighting for acting roles.

According to Wetpaint, Trebunkskaya has been taking acting lessons, and she revealed her “Newsroom” role didn’t require her to dance a single step.

Will you tune in to see Derek Hough’s “Nashville” guest spot?

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Treva Bowdoin is a freelance writer who loves crazy comedies and creepy shows like "The Walking Dead" and "American Horror Story".

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