Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Cristian de la Fuente on Dancing

“I can walk and chew gum at the same time, so I have some level of coordination,” he says.

“When I was younger, I used dancing as a tool to go to the clubs, flirt with a girl and get a date — although maybe I didn’t dance so well and the girls felt bad for me,” he adds, laughing.

But De la Fuente — best-known for supporting roles on such series as “CSI: Miami” and “Family Law,” plus the upcoming “In Plain Sight” on USA Network — says he is feeling a bit of pressure by appearing on “Dancing.”

“There is a big weight on my shoulder,” says De la Fuente, 34, a veteran of such Spanish-language TV shows as the cop drama “Reyes y Rey.”

“A lot of people will see me and think, ‘Well, he’s Latino, he’s from South America, he’s definitely going to be a good dancer.’ But my Latino blood is starting to move my body, so hopefully that’s going to help.”

Having Cheryl Burke, a two-time “Dancing” winner as his assigned partner should help, too.

“Well, maybe not,” he says. “Now I have an even bigger weight on me, because I’ll be blamed if we lose.”

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