DWTS: Elizabeth Berkley Building 'Beautiful Trust' With Val Chmerkovskiy – He Let's Me Be Tall!

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Elizabeth Berkley feels like she hit the “Dancing with the Stars” pro partner jackpot with Val Chmerkovskiy.

Not only is the Ukrainian hunk a strong leader in the ballroom, the former “Saved by the Bell” says Val fully embraces her statuesque height – even if she’s a few inches taller than him with her heels on.

“Val is very much just wanting me to stand in all my woman-ness,” the 41-year-old beauty told Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, when asked if Val is intimidated by her height. “I so appreciate that.”

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The actress said she’s used to Hollywood men asking her to bend down slightly to make them appear taller – but not Val!

“Some men don’t want a woman to kind of stand in that. It’s really a new kind of thing for me!” she said.

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One of the most difficult “DWTS” tasks Elizabeth has had to work on is letting herself be led by Val while dancing.

“My own stuff is coming up — just being led by someone and trusting and surrendering to that. That’s something daily he’s kind of instilling in me, that I can trust him,” she explained, adding that years of working in entertainment has caused her to become guarded. “We’re building a beautiful trust and I’m excited to see what that feels like.”

Watch Elizabeth and Val’s “Dancing with the Stars” debut when Season 17 premieres on Monday at 8/7c on ABC.

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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