Rumer Willis, Val Chmerkovskiy rehearse for 'DWTS' in Chicago

The new season of "Dancing with the Stars" kicks off in less than two weeks, and a couple that's sure to heat up the ballroom is rehearsing right here in Chicago.

Eyewitness News Reporter Janet Davies talked with Rumer Willis and her partner Val. Rumer's parents are Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, so she's got all the right showbiz moves. She lucked out getting partner Val Chmerkovskiy the couple stopped by ABC7 between rehearsals as they gear up for the season.

"I'm very lucky to have Rumer as my partner. She's awesome, she has a great attitude and she comes from a very talented family," Val said.

"You're going in there you really just want to dance and you really are making it about learning and listening and not trying to fight someone and if they tell you to do something you do it, you listen, because you actually want to learn," Rumer said.

The duo is rehearsing in Chicago because Rumer is starring in a play called "For The Record: Dear John Hughes." It features iconic characters and music from movies by the late Chicago filmmaker.

"One of the brilliant parts of John Hughes' film making is that he didn't make films specifically about I think, a particular era. He made films that really spanned the kind of ages," Rumer said.

Val came close to winning last season. He claims the mirror ball isn't a goal.

"Not a lot of artists and performers have an opportunity to showcase themselves in front of millions of people for me, that's the win, that's the gift," Val said.

Brother maks has left the show. Val is the kinder, gentler partner.

"I'm a little more patient than he is. We're just as passionate, he was my teacher. When you go through that training you want to make sure you don't do the same to others. I make sure I'm a lot nice and kinder to my students than he was to me," Val said.

Davies asks: "Are you two prepared for the stories that you two become involved on 'Dancing with the Stars'?"

"Rumors like that only should be taken as a compliment that we're doing our job on the dance floor what we can bring that passion people thinking, 'Wow, there must be something happening'," Rumer said. "I work really hard and I really want this I want to be able to dance and I have an incredible opportunity to dance with someone who's a worldwide superstar of it, why not take advantage."

"For the Record: Dear John Hughes" opens at the Broadway playhouse at Water Tower Place this Thursday starring Rumer Willis. It runs through March 15, but Rumer won't appear the second week because of her dance rehearsals. The 10th anniversary season of "Dancing with the Stars" debuts on March 16.
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