Dancing's Joanna Krupa: "People Will See the Real Me"
Joanna Krupa knows what you're thinking and she wants you to know she will keep her "pottymouth" in check on Dancing with the Stars. The Polish-born supermodel infamously cursed out her Superstars partner, Terrell Owens, but she says her Dancing partner, Derek Hough, won't get a profanity-laced earful. "I can assure people that will not happen!" Krupa tells TVGuide.com. "That would only happen to a person like T.O. That was just a bad vibe from the beginning." How bad? Hear Krupa's side below and find out why Dancing is a dream come true.
TVGuide.com: I've seen your tweets. You sound very happy with Derek. You said he's not a bully like T.O.
Joanna Krupa: [Laughs] Oh my God, yes! I think I probably had the worst partner on the planet for The Superstars. I said he's probably the 1 percent of people in the world that can actually get that side out of me that I didn't even know existed. But I'm thrilled with Derek. He's such a sweetheart and I know he's going to push me to do well and all that stuff, but he just has such a great sense of humor. He's very detail-oriented and very patient. I think that's the most important thing. It's a brand new thing for me so thank God he has patience!
TVGuide.com: Some people thought you went overboard bashing him, which I never thought would happen. Are you afraid about how that may affect voting on Dancing?
Krupa: People are always going to reserve opinions, but I think when they see the real me on Dancing with the Stars, they'll see, "Wow, we really shouldn't judge people for one thing." I loved doing the show and it is what it is. T.O. was always gone after every challenge. We never bonded. My fiance was with me, thank goodness! T.O. didn't treat people well. Like if [the A.D.] pronounced his name wrong, he'll blow up. Of course he way it was edited, it made me look like a total witch, but that's not me. Yes, I can have a little pottymouth here and there, but with that kind of energy around and adrenaline going, it happens. ... If I could do it all over again, I would definitely watch what I say and not let my anger and nerves take over. But I really think people will see the real me on Dancing with the Stars. And Derek is such a great soul that it would be hard to even get upset with him. What I've learned from the T.O. thing is to not take things too seriously and have a good time.
TVGuide.com: Did you think you would be paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy because of The Superstars?
Krupa: Yes, I did! It's so funny you say that. I'm actually really happy we didn't because Maks, you know, gets a little impatient and really pushes you, so maybe we would've had a little argument here and there! I mean, I really would not have been shocked if I got paired with him, but when I saw Derek's face, it really put a smile on my face. I got this really great guy. It's definitely a better match.
TVGuide.com: What are your first dances?
Krupa: We had the cha-cha-cha, but then they changed it on us to salsa and foxtrot. The foxtrot, we haven't even gone there. Salsa's the main dance. The foxtrot is the relay dance, so it's not going to be the whole minute and a half.
TVGuide.com: They changed it after you started rehearsing?
Krupa: Yeah, we did some moves for the cha-cha. After two days, I had blisters. My legs and my bum are pretty sore from yesterday. It's funny because in modeling, I pose with my left hip and I always arch because they want that arch in your back. This is like the total opposite, so it's a shock to my body to get my hip in the right direction and when he says, "Stand straight," to me, standing straight is arching my back. But he's like, "No, no." It's going to take a lot of getting used to. It's definitely a challenging, but fun experience.
TVGuide.com: You said on Twitter you danced when you were younger. What did you do?
Krupa: I took ballet like from 6 to 11. I always had a dream of being a little ballerina. When we moved [to Chicago] from Poland, my mom was a single mom and she was pregnant with my sister, so she really sacrificed herself. She worked the late shift so she could take me to ballet lessons and then later I had a girlfriend that drove me to ballet classes. One day, she moved out of town and my dream of being a ballerina diminished because I no longer had a ride to class. I was so bummed! To this day, I still remember the song that would've been at the recital. I don't remember the name, but I know it. I never told my mom, so this is in a way reliving that dream I had when I was a little girl.
TVGuide.com: You guys should dance to the song.
Krupa: Actually that's a good idea! I just have to find the name of it. I'll YouTube it or something.
TVGuide.com: Judging by your Maxim cover, not to mention your other ones, it's safe to say you will have no problem with their skimpy clothing.
Krupa: [Laughs] Yeah, I'm sure I'm going to show some skin! We have input with wardrobe, so I definitely want awesome costumes and dresses, but not cheesy because dancing can get a little cheesy without the right outfit. But it all depends on the dance. We'll try to come up with some cool costumes. This show's so fun because you do all the hair and makeup and costumes. It's more than I'm normally used to.