Dancing with the Stars contestant Ashley Hamilton isn't offended if you've never heard of him. "I don't think anyone knew me and when they said, 'You got Dancing with the Stars,' I said, 'What star am I dancing with?'" he tells TVGuide.com. Hamilton, the son of Season 2's George Hamilton and ex-husband of Shannen Doherty, is an actor, comedian, sometimes-musician and a self-proclaimed wallflower who is always up for a challenge. But does he think he can improve on his dad's fifth-place finish? See what he says, and find out what he's worried about.
TVGuide.com: You and Debi Mazar were in Beethoven's 2nd. Do you know anyone else going in?
Hamilton: When I heard that, I was like, "Oh my God!" I haven't seen her since Beethoven. ... There's nobody I really know. They have Chuck Liddell, which I think is really cool. Apparently it's Ultimate Dancing now. This group of people is very popular and [they have] huge fan bases and I'll be surprised if I can make it past the first week! [Laughs] I am really grateful to be on with all those people and I hope I make it past week one. People are like, "You can make it as long as your father did," and I'm like, "I hope so. That would be fantastic."
TVGuide.com: A fan base is obviously important, but I don't think a lot of people know what you do, and if they've heard of you, it's usually not for your career. Are you worried about how that may affect voting?
Hamilton: I don't even know what I do either, so we have that in common! A lot of stuff I did when I was really young, like 18 — at a certain point, you've got to be like, "You know what, I was a child. Children do childish stuff." I'm sure you know what I'm regarding to. But it's part of life and it's part of growing up, and I don't think L.A.'s the most normal town to grow up in, so maybe your choices aren't always that of complete normalcy. All I know is I was a young kid and I had a lot to overcome and experience. I really feel like I've gotten a second chance with this. There were two things I thought I would never do. One was get sober and I did. I've been sober for over three years. The second one was dance. [Laughs] And I definitely didn't think I'd ever dance sober.
TVGuide.com: Has your dad given you any advice?
Hamilton: Besides tanning?
TVGuide.com: They do love to spray-tan there.
Hamilton: They do. My dad was mesmerized with spray-tanning. But he just said to have a lot of fun. "Smile and have a lot of fun." I'm sure he'll come to support. My dad and I are really tight. I have a great relationship with him. Even with all the stuff I've gone through, I was never one of those people who came from bad parents. I can understand a lot of times when people get into drugs and alcohol that they have a horrible family, but I never had that. I've always had a great mom and a great dad.
TVGuide.com: I saw your website devoted to your Dancing journey. What's going to be on there?
Hamilton: Right now we're waiting for a go-ahead from ABC. My friend and I want to go around and show all the stuff that people don't show. And real stuff. When we're going through jokes and stuff for my interviews, people don't see that. People don't want to see that. They always want to see stuff as completely natural. Most of it is, but a lot of it is not, especially when you do comedy. Everybody goes over jokes and tries jokes.
TVGuide.com: I've seen your music videos. There's some type of dancing in there, but are you going to sing on the show?
Hamilton: There's some type of dancing, that's right! You're, like, worried for me. "Oh my God, is he having a seizure?" I don't know [if I'll sing]. There was some talk about that and I don't know. I'd love to.
TVGuide.com: Julianne Hough has done it. But she's not back this season.
Hamilton: I know. She's got a massive career, huh? Unbelievable. She's singing and dancing at 21, and I was in rehab and divorced. [Laughs] I'm like the opposite of her!
TVGuide.com: What's the rehearsal limit?
Hamilton: Right now we rehearse for six hours. We have to take a break every two hours and we have to take one day off a week. I don't think [it'll stop injuries]. It's a very different experience for your feet [in dance shoes] because you're very careful. You're using muscles you've never used before. I'm alright until the music starts. [Laughs] I have the steps down, but when the music goes on, I'm like, "F---!" It's the counting. I'm going to get it. It's freakin' grueling. It doesn't look hard when you watch, and you never really think much about it until you try it and realize it's an art that takes many years to perfect.
TVGuide.com: Are you up for the skimpy outfits, sequins and glitter on top of the spray-tan?
Hamilton: I'm not like Mario Lopez. That guy is ridiculous. I'm skinny, but I've got kind of a gut, so I've got to be careful with what they put me in. ... The tan's alright. I'm Hamil-tan. The glitter, I'm not sure yet. I don't know if my dad did it. Did they have the glitter back then? He was dancing with Jesus — that was so long ago, I can't even remember.