Derek Hough is making “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Amber Riley work hard for her shot at the mirrorball – and it’s taking a toll on her backside!
The “DWTS” Emmy winner and the “Glee” star stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Tuesday, where they dished on the effects the ballroom is taking on her body.
“My butt hurts. I pulled a butt muscle when I did that cartwheel last night… and it hurts right now,” Amber told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover.
”[Derek is] sympathetic,” she said, explaining that they have enlisted the help of massages and soaking in hot and cold baths to ease her pain.
The actress said her work on “Glee” might give her a slight edge on her fellow competitors, but not much.
“Nothing could prepare me for this…but ‘Glee’ prepared me for the focus required,” she said.
Amber’s biggest reason for competing on the ABC series?
“I’m doing it because I was really scared when they initially asked me,” she told Billy and Kit. “And I don’t operate in a place of fear and I had to conquer it.”
Adding, “I was mortified!”
Catch Amber and Derek continue on “DWTS,” Mondays at 8 PM on ABC.
-- Jesse Spero