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DWTS Pro Lindsay Arnold Has Acting Ambitions

DWTS Pro Lindsay Arnold Has Acting Ambitions

Lindsay Arnold can basically do it all and it’s not really a surprise that one day we actually might see her on the small or big screen.

Speaking with NKD magazine, the Dancing With the Stars pro opened up about possibly making the leap from teaching dance on a reality program, to an actual acting role.

“Right now, I’ve been really interested in things I’ve never done before,” she shared with the mag. “I really want to dive into things like acting, singing, modeling and photography.”

Lindsay adds, “That kind of stuff excites me because it’s new and it’s something I can really educate myself on.”

However, while acting may be in reach for Lindsay, right now, she’s still all about DWTS.

“There are a lot of different things I’d like to jump into but, right now, I’m still committed to giving my all to Dancing with the Stars.”

It Took Two Years For Lindsay Arnold To Cut Her Long Hair (Exclusive)

It Took Two Years For Lindsay Arnold To Cut Her Long Hair (Exclusive)

Lindsay Arnold chopped her long hair just before season 24 of Dancing With The Stars started, and what you didn’t know, is that her decision to do that was two years in the making!

The pro dancer opened up to JJJ about the freeing experience.

“I had been talking about cutting my hair for almost 2 years and I finally made my mind up that I wanted to do it,” Lindsay tells us. “I knew I was making the right choice because I wasn’t scared at all.”

She adds that when it was all done, she “felt so relieved”.

“It has been so so fun working with a new hairstyle over the past 6 months,” she adds. “I feel like a new woman and I haven’t regretted cutting it yet so that’s a good sign.”

“It’s crazy how a change like that makes you feel so refreshed but it really can and I love it!” Lindsay says.

Other celebs who’ve chopped off their long locks include Shailene Woodley, Vanessa Marano, and most recently, Lele Pons.

Lindsay Arnold Dishes What It's Really Like For DWTS Pros (Exclusive)

Lindsay Arnold Dishes What It's Really Like For DWTS Pros (Exclusive)

Every season, we look forward to seeing which celebs will be competing on Dancing With The Stars, and even more — getting a little peak into rehearsals to see just what goes on.

But, we hardly ever think about the pro dancers.

Which is why when we talked to Lindsay Arnold, who’s been a pro now for __ seasons, she gave us some insight.

“Growing up I trained every single day for at least 5 hours,” she revealed to us. “Now on DWTS we practice at least 5 hours sometimes even 10.”

But what really goes on inside that practice room, besides having those cameras tape everything?

“It is definitely a 24/7 type of job because as a pro even when you aren’t rehearsing, you are either thinking about choreography, costumes, music, or flying on a plane to train with your partner,” she says, adding, “In my case that’s most of the time.”

Lindsay adds, “There is so much that goes into the show but that’s what makes it so rewarding! You put in so much work and when things go as planned it is truly such a huge pay off.”

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Lindsay Arnold Really Wants Zac Efron on 'Dancing With The Stars'

Lindsay Arnold Really Wants Zac Efron on 'Dancing With The Stars'

When we think about our dream cast list for Dancing With The Stars, Zac Efron is always in our minds, but a really wild suggestion — but turns out, he’s on Lindsay Arnold‘s too.

But Zac isn’t the only A-lister on there.

Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth, and Zac Efron for obvious reasons,” Lindsay told JJJ exclusively.

Another on her dream cast list? “Rob Gronkowski. I feel like he has such a fun personality and he is an athlete and I have loved working with athletes.”

GMA host Michael Strahan too. “He has such a great personality and every time we go to GMA for the DWTS cast announcement he dances around with us and definitely has rhythm. I hope he wants in on the action soon.”

We also chatted with Lindsay about former pros who have left the show and which ones she’d love to return one day.

“I watched every season of DWTS up until being hired for the show and I truly mean it when I say that every single pro who has been on the show has inspired me in some way,” Lindsay says.

“It was so fun having Kym [Johnson-Herjavec] back this season and Cheryl [Burke] back last season they both have taught me so much and have always been so incredibly kind to me.”

Lindsay Arnold's First Concert Ever Was The Cheetah Girls! (Exclusive)

Lindsay Arnold's First Concert Ever Was The Cheetah Girls! (Exclusive)

We know a lot about Lindsay Arnold, but when JJJ caught up with the pro dancer, we found out things we never, ever knew — and we bet you didn’t either.

The dancer, who’s married to her longtime love Sam Cusick and is currently touring the country on the DWTS: Hot Summer Nights tour, dished seven things about herself that no one ever knew.

Check them out below!

  • Oreo Thins are her guilty pleasure (buy them for her on tour!)
  • She’s had the same nail polish color, Essie’s Ballet Slippers, on her nails for a year! “It goes with everything!”
  • Her first ever concert was The Cheetah Girls!
  • She can’t live without chips and salsa/queso. We mean, can any of us?
  • The Bachelorette is her go-to binge TV show! “I’m currently waiting for new seasons of How To Get Away With Murder, Stranger Things, Vikings, Unreal, and Game of Thrones, too. I just finished binging those shows.”
  • Chelsea from That’s So Raven is her absolute favorite Disney sidekick. “That show was always my favorite and I remember Chelsea was always so funny.”
  • She has the best pet peeve, because it’s all about food: “I hate when people are late for dinner plans because I’m usually starving when I get to a restaurant and hate to wait. I get extremely hungry.”
  • She’s all about the outdoors: “I have always loved outdoor activities whether it’s hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, etc. My husband and I are taking a trip to Alaska soon to go fly fishing and I’m really looking forward to that because it’s a new activity that I am enjoying lately.”

Lindsay Arnold's Sister Jensen Auditions For 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Watch!

Lindsay Arnold's Sister Jensen Auditions For 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Watch!

Talent definitely runs in Lindsay Arnold‘s family!

This week on So You Think You Can Dance, Lindsay‘s younger sister, Jensen, auditioned for the show with her partner Tristan Sosa.

After performing a fun samba routine, the three judges were definitely wowed by her skills.

“It’s girls like you when I was growing up that got me into dancing,” judge Nigel Lythgoe told her. “There’s no doubt both of you were tremendous.”

Jensen was actually on the show in 2015 for Brandon Armstrong‘s audition. However, she was too young to compete that season.

DWTS Pro Lindsay Arnold Previews The 'DWTS: Hot Summer Nights' Tour (Exclusive)

DWTS Pro Lindsay Arnold Previews The 'DWTS: Hot Summer Nights' Tour (Exclusive)

Lindsay Arnold is just one day away from the 2017 DWTS Hot Summer Nights Tour kick-off!

JJJ sat down with the pro dancer to chat about almost everything and we got the scoop on the new tour, which starts TOMORROW in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“This is by far one of the most fun and energetic tours I have been a part of,” Lindsay told us. “It’s My first summer tour and we are definitely bringing the heat and capturing all the happiness that summertime brings.”

She also shared what it’s been like having season 24 winner Rashad Jennings in rehearsals for the shows.

“Rashad is such a good guy and truly is such a pleasure to be around,” Lindsay adds. “It is so cool seeing how much dance means to him after doing the show and he really has become a natural dancer!”

If you missed them, check out all the tour dates on JJJ now!

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SYTYCD Alum Lindsay Arnold Shares 5 Tips That Will Help You Nail That SYTYCD Audition

SYTYCD Alum Lindsay Arnold Shares 5 Tips That Will Help You Nail That SYTYCD Audition

Every dancer who goes out for So You Think You Can Dance never fails to impress — we mean, they’re amazing.

With the show premiering NEXT WEEK, we called up one of our fave dancers Lindsay Arnold, who competed on season 9 of the series, for some tips.

Lindsay knows exactly what it’s like to audition for the show and shared her top 5 tips on how you can wow the judges and not have a heart attack afterwards (like JJJ definitely would).

Her first tip? “Be yourself.”

“I cannot express how important it is to be true to who you are!” Lindsay says. “Don’t worry about pleasing others just do what makes you happy and be comfortable in your own skin.”

Click inside for Lindsay’s four other tips to nail that SYTYCD audition… More Here! »