Ian Ziering’s ‘Discombobulating’ Chippendales Experience
First Published: June 12, 2013 3:34 PM EDT Credit: Getty Premium
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Ian Ziering might have a new gig as a Chippendales dancer in Las Vegas, but it took the actor a while to get used to seeing so much skin at work.
The 49-year-old (yes, you read that correctly!) actor stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday where he dished on getting in good enough shape to show it off in Sin City.
”[There was] a lot of diet and exercise… and not breaking from the course,” he told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover.
Fatherhood left Ian a little soft in the middle, something he had to work hard on in order to get ready to strip down with Chippendales dancers.
“You really have to make huge sacrifices [as a parent] and that came with losing the hours that I would go to the gym,” he explained. “I would take care of my daughter and make sure that my wife could sleep while she was pregnant the last nine months those were the hours that I would go to the gym and take care of myself. …You get a little softer. I got up to about 205 pounds to 207.”
That included a little spilling over the waist of his pants.
“The muffin top was there. My 32 sized-waist paints were muffin topped. It was kind of tough,” he continued.
Another tough thing for Ian was the locker room vibe backstage at the show.
“Standing backstage in-between the acts when I’m not involved in them, [the dancers] come running off covering themselves with a hat and to be surrounded by all that naked man ass is kind of discombobulating!” he said with a laugh. “I never had that locker room experience.”
The actor will appear as a guest headliner on the show Thursdays through Saturdays until June 30 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel. Previous guest headliners include Joey Lawrence and former 98 Degrees member Jeff Timmons.
-- Jesse Spero
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