Credit: Nikki Nelson / WENN.com Photo: JR Martinez

Now that most of the world has officially fallen in love with Dancing With the Stars J.R. Martinez, we know just how far the war veteran’s charm can take him. But even with all that charm, that beaming smile, and that winning personality, it still took a while for him to woo his current girlfriend (Diana Gonzalez-Jones), on the set of All My Children.

He tells Access Hollywood, “We were friends, and, you know, it was a workplace, so you don’t want to cross the line. I was respectful of that, and for about two years we were great friends. Finally, something happened, something clicked, and I just said, ‘[Do] you ever look at me differently than just a friend?’” he continued, with a shy smile. “And she kind of paid attention to it, and here we are! It’s great.”

Two years seems like forever compared to the mere month it took for J.R. to seduce DWTS’ audience, but J.R. insists Diana was worth the wait. “I think we did it a great way – to have a friendship first, and then build on that,” he said.

We look forward to our own long-term friendship with the semifinalist, even post-DWTS.

Source: Access Hollywood

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