Actress Leah Remini told Ellen DeGeneres that she’s “hurting everywhere” and “petrified,” but it’s not Scientology that has her wake nights… it’s Dancing With the Stars.
“Oh, my god. I am hurting everywhere — places I didn’t know could hurt. It’s so much harder than I thought,” she told Ellen during a Monday sit-down.
“And most people do say that, but it’s true. Every five seconds, Tony — who is my partner, fabulous, is an angel — and I think I’ve already broken his wrist, because I hang on to him for dear life. And he’s like, ‘Let go. Let go. Let go.’ And I don’t even know that I’m doing it… I’m petrified.”
The former King of Queens actress is one of 12 new celebrity contenders on the hit show, which premieres September 16. Though she’ll admit she’s hurting, at least one of her competitors believes he’s got it in the bag.
“It’s all physics. It’s all the study of motion,” said celebrity scientist Bill Nye, who will compete with Remini on DWTS‘s 17th season. “I’m feeling great.”
His partner, Tyne Stecklein, also had nothing but rave reviews for the Science Guy.
“He’s a great student. He’s very smart, obviously, which helps,” she said. “He picks things up really quickly and he gets it and he enjoys it. And he works really hard.”
Leah Remini also told Ellen a bit about her decision to leave Scientology, and how it cost her almost all of her friends.
“It’s hard. We lost friends who can no longer talk with us who are still with the organization. These are friends that we’ve had for dozens of years. But I have great friends, other friends that are not in the church, who have stood by us. Our family is stronger, we’re together, and that’s all I can ask for.”
You can check out a clip of the interview below: