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Peta Murgatroyd (USA Today)

Peta Murgatroyd’s next performance isn’t taking place in the ballroom, but

theaters across the country. The former “Dancing with the Stars” pro is making her acting debut in the faith-based film “Faith, Hope & Love,” out Friday. Murgatroyd plays Faith Turley, a woman who enters a dance contest, hoping to nab the $25,000 prize money to refit her dance studio. As Murgatroyd did for many years on “DWTS,” her character helps transform single dad Jimmy Hope (Robert Krantz, co-director/writer/producer for the film) into a dancer.

Ed Asner, Corbin Bernsen, Michael Richards, Natasha Bure (daughter of Candace Cameron Bure) and Murgatroyd’s real-life husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy also appear in the film. He plays her unfaithful ex.

Murgatroyd tells USA TODAY she was “grateful” to land her first acting gig. Though she leans more toward “spiritual” than religious she says she asked the universe for the role for a year. “…I would be like, ‘OK, please let’s do this. Please just give me a sign that I should be doing an acting role and help me out here,’ ” she recalls. “Not exactly saying, ‘Dear God blah, blah, blah, amen,’ but putting it out there to the universe that I really wanted this to happen for me...”   

Turns out the same person who earned two mirror ball trophies during her 2011-2017 run on ABC’s dance competition, says she originally ventured to L.A. in 2010 for acting. She resorted to dancing “because the acting life is tough, and I needed to pay my way and pay rent.”

“Obviously, I love my dancing, but acting was what I originally came here for,” she says, “So, it’s kind of cool that I get to finally start living out that dream.”


Watch the interview here:


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