Olympic gold-medal gymnast, Shawn Johnson, who just won season eight of Dancing with the Stars, chatted exclusively with J-14 about her experience on DWTS, her Twilight obsession, rumors about her and Mitchel Musso, and more!
J-14: Do you felt like you found a new side of yourself through this competition?
Shawn: Definitely. I mean I've never done any of this before and none of this is really allowed in gymnastics. It's definitely different. I love doing something new and I've been doing gymnastics my whole life and I've never really had the opportunity to do something different so this is just the best experience ever. I'm learning a lot about myself that I didn't even know. I didn't know I could do that! This is one of the best things I've ever done and most fun things I've ever done.
J-14: How did you end up with your partner, Mark?
Shawn: At the beginning, they pair everybody up and it's a surprise for the professional and the celebrity. So neither of us knew who we had and that's the way it happened with everybody and so you don't find out until the first rehearsal where you walk in. I was really hoping I had him. He was my favorite. Then when I walked in was like, "Yay!" He just seemed really fun and I just kind of had a feeling and you just gotta go with it.
J-14: What was your most embarrassing moment on the show?
Shawn: I tripped down the stairs! The first thing they tell you when you walk down the stairs is not to look down and I made the mistake of looking down and I'm in a long dress so as soon as you look down, your dress grows a little longer in the front and I got caught on my dress, but you know what? I'm clumsy. I accept the fact! I broke the ice for every body else because no one wants to be that first person! I wasn't embarrassed. I was just a little shocked, but Mark caught me!
J-14: We hear you are a big fan of the Twilight series -- are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?
Shawn: It's weird because I read the books before I saw it and I had this like preconceived image of what they looked like and that wasn't anything like it so it was different but I liked it. They played the parts well. I am Team Edward by far! I was not a fan of Jacob. I thought he was ruining the relationship.
J-14: You've been to a few premieres with Mitchel Musso, which has sparked dating rumors. What's the truth?
Shawn: I just don't get how someone could assume that from a picture. We're good friends and he heard I was in town [during the Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience movie premiere] and called to see if I wanted to go! ! I still can't believe I got to go, walk the red carpet and all of that, but it was a lot fun!
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