Melissa Gilbert may not have topped the leaderboard on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars,” but the actress was feeling like the cat who got the cream after her Round 2 trio dance put her in a Chmerkovskiy sandwich.
“Look, [I’m the] luckiest woman on the planet,” a happy Melissa told Access Hollywood backstage after Monday’s show. “I danced with these amazing men. I was onstage with them on a television show that’s watched all over the world by millions of people
“And, at the end of the day I also go home to one of the most beautiful men on the face of the planet, so my life is good,” she added, referring to her French boyfriend.
Melissa ended her dance trio number by grabbing a double chunk of Chmerkovskiy bottoms – both Maks’ and Val’s – and it turns out, it was encouraged by her professional partner.
“I threw it out there, just like, ‘Look, dominate. Do something.’ She goes, ‘Bam!’ I’m like, ‘We’ll take it,’” Maks laughed. “It’s all good.”
“Two of the best butts in the world – I mean, they were in my hands. What am I going to do?” Melissa added.
Melissa and Maks were once again featured in a “DWTS” clip package having a tense moment in rehearsal, something the pro apologized for later.
Speaking to Access after the show, Melissa said she admires Maks’ genuineness.
“This man is as real as it gets, which is actually a very honorable thing to be,” she said, before turning to Maks and addressing him directly.
“I’ll tell you the thing I admire most about you is when the mirror’s held up and you see it yourself, you change it and you acknowledge it and that’s really important,” Melissa said.
“You know, we’re not without flaws and I know mine,” Maks said.
“That would be boring, “Melissa said.