You know your Dancing With the Stars partner loves you when she goes out of her way to get you a role on her TV show!
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani formed a lasting friendship on the fall 2013 Season 17, and when she was subsequently cast on TV Land’s The Exes, she found a part for Tony.
We’ll see their TV reunion when Tony guest stars on The Exes this coming Wednesday, February 19 at 10 p.m. Based on TV Land’s sneak peek photo, it looks like Tony is going to do what he does best — show off his amazing teeth dance. And yet, he’ll be playing against type, since his character is said to be a guy who doesn’t know how to dance, and Leah’s character, Nicki, has to teach him. That must’ve been a fun role reversal to play out!
Tony told Hollywood Exclusive that Leah called him out of the blue with this role. "She said, 'All right, you've been preparing for acting for a long time, and I'm going to make sure you get the opportunity,’” Tony said. “I guess they had put a scene together for her, dancing, and she said 'How about if I bring Tony?'"
Apparently the DWTS pro is a quick acting study, since he said the show kept giving him more lines. Tony also said one of the producers gave him a vote of confidence, saying he’s “very warm on camera” and comes across as a likable guy. We could’ve told him that!
Tony’s best friend, fellow DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, also played a dancer on The Exes in July 2012. He called it “an amazing experience,” and it sounds like Tony had an equally great ride.
Will you watch Leah “teach” Tony how to dance this coming week on The Exes?
Sources: TV Land, Creative.com