'DWTS' Pros and Newlyweds Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy Have This One Rule About Working Together

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October 29, 2019

Newlyweds Jenna Johnson-Chmerkovskiy and Val Chmerkovskiy are both professional dancers on Dancing With The Stars (if they ever choose to have a child the odds of them being born with one tap shoe and one ballet slipper already on are pretty good). 

Luckily for Johnson and Chmerkovskiy, working together isn’t anything new. In an interview today with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Johnson says that, now that they’re married, working on Dancing With The Stars together is “even better.”  

Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy | Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images
Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy | Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images

“We experienced the show dating as well so we got to experience it already before being married and it’s even better honestly. I feel like we’re this little team. I help him, he helps me. And I love his support. He is so supportive, so loving and caring. He wants the best for me and he cares about my success just as much as he cares about his,” she shared. 

Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy like to keep work at work

However, Johnson and Chmerkovskiy do have one rule when it comes to their work: it stays at the studio. 

“We have a rule that, at home, there’s no work talk. When we’re in work mode we’re definitely there to help each other and discuss it and perfect it but once we get home it’s all about our dog, it’s all about our relationship, catching up on our Netflix shows, and eating yummy food,” she said. 

Right now, the couple’s watching Netflix’s Abstract, but Johnson is hoping to get her husband “hooked on Peaky Blinders because I’m just obsessed. So we’ll see how that goes.”

When they’re not catching up on shows or “eating yummy food,” Johnson says they spend a lot of time looking at art, a passion of Chmerkovskiy’s.  

“My husband loves art so we love to go to museums or we love to go to little farmers markets where there’s art installations going on. I was never into that stuff until I met him. Our whole house is covered in art that Val collected through the years so that’s something that I’ve kind of fallen in love with through him and with him,” she said. 

Going to the movies is another favorite pastime of the newly married couple. 

“We love going to the movies, eating so much popcorn,” Johnson said excitedly. 

Johnson was a big fan of Joker, calling it “absolutely breathtaking.” 

What’s next for Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy

As the current season of Dancing With The Stars wraps up, Johnson and Chmerkovskiy will be preparing to go on tour.  

“Starting January going through April,” she said. 

After that, Johnson has her sights set on a new aspiration. 

“And then, I have this little dream to be a host. I’m excited to take a few steps further in that little dream of mine,” she said. 

“What kind of host?” I asked. 

“Anything honestly. I just really enjoy it. I feel comfortable in front of the camera. I feel comfortable speaking,” she responded. 

Recently, Johnson dipped her toes into the waters of hosting when she and Karamo guest-hosted for Entertainment Tonight. She said the experience gave her “so many butterflies.” She loved it. 

“I’m still learning but I’m ready to tackle it,” she said.


Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe Admits Why She Didn’t Talk To Nick Viall For 4 Years

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November 30, 2019

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Nick Viall have a history. Viall was the runner-up on Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette, and her final rose recipient, Shawn Booth, never seemed to get over that.

For about four years after Bristowe’s season aired, the former bachelorette and Viall didn’t really speak. They would “talk about each other in the press,” but they never got any closure.

Kaitlyn Bristowe | Matt Petit/ABC via Getty Images
Kaitlyn Bristowe | Matt Petit/ABC via Getty Images

Recently, Bristowe and Viall have agreed to make amends and to prove it they were guests on each other’s podcasts. On The Viall Files, both Bristowe and Viall opened up about not only their relationship but Bristowe’s relationship with Booth, and Viall’s relationship with Vanessa Grimaldi, his Bachelor season winner.

Why Kaitlyn Bristowe didn’t speak to Nick Viall after ‘The Bachelorette’ and why she ‘made little jabs’ at him in the press

Viall told Bristowe he never liked their relationship after The Bachelorette ended.

“I gotta say, I said this to you when you called, it definitely always bothered me the contentious relationship that we had and I felt like the perception was we had a very contentious relationship more than maybe even we did, but people really seemed to think we were at odds with each other or have been for some time,” he said.

“Right. Well, because we kind of acted that way. OK by we I mean me,” replied Bristowe, laughing.

Bristowe says her post-Bachelorette behavior towards Viall was a result of her wanting to protect Booth’s feelings.

“I think when we had that conversation on the phone I totally owned up to everything because, look, I was like totally trying to protect a relationship and maybe it was too far that way. I could have just dropped it. But it was such a lingering thing over my head all the time from the show and I always felt so much shame around you,” she said.  

Kaitlyn Bristowe says Shawn Booth ‘chose to focus on [Nick Viall]’ after ‘The Bachelorette’ ended

After her season ended, Bristowe says Booth had a hard time letting go of the animosity he’d built up against Viall.  

“You also realize that you had these relationships with other people and you can’t deny that. It was there and we had that and everybody saw it. Like I get it, it must be hard for the other person. But at the end of the day you have a choice and I chose him and he chose me and then he chose to focus on you [Nick Viall],” she said.  

“He didn’t seem to let it go,” Viall agreed.  

Bristowe knew that her fiancé had a hard time letting go of his negative feelings towards Viall so she did what she needed to do to protect his feelings, including cutting off communication with her runner-up and talking poorly about him in the press.

“It really was hard for him. It was a lingering thing in the relationship. It’s super unfortunate. But, yeah, that’s probably why we didn’t talk for that many years. [I felt shame] just because of how badly I had hurt Shawn through [my relationship with Nick Viall],” she explained.

“I think I was made to feel shame but deep down I knew that I wasn’t ashamed. But that’s why I acted the way I did or that’s why we didn’t talk or that’s why I made little jabs here and there is because I knew he had been so hurt by it and I hated that,” Bristowe continued.

You can watch the full interview on The Viall Files YouTube channel.