The night has finally come for viewers to see Derek Hough boot scoot into “Nashville.” Zap2it got a chance to speak with the “Dancing With the Stars” pro about his role of movie star Noah West and found out if this dip in the acting pool means he’ll be hanging up his dancing shoes sometime soon.

When it comes to introductions, Hough tells Zap2it Noah meets Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) in typical Hollywood fashion. “My character is introduced how most actors or artists meet, with a screen test. It’s a test to see if they have chemistry and are good together,” he says. “When we are first introduced she walks in and we get thrown into a scene straight away. It was so interesting to be on a movie within a TV show.”

Juliette may be nervous to do her big screen test for the Patsy Cline biopic, but Hough says in real life he was the one who needed some help.

“My character is comforting and trying to make her feel at ease since she’s out of her element. I’m there to say, ‘Hey don’t worry. It’s all good. You are going to be great.’ In real life it’s funny because Hayden was very much like that with me,” he reveals.

“I remember sitting there being very frigidity and she said, ‘Hey are you nervous? Don’t worry — my character on this show has been around.’ She was just really comforting, supportive and cool. It really helped me,” Hough explains.

When asked how the actress is juggling her pregnancy and work life. Hough says, “It didn’t really affect anything except for camera angles. It’s amazing what they’ve done. I’m really impressed with her work ethic and how much she works with how very pregnant she is.”

When shooting his two-episode arc on “Nashville,” Hough had quite the juggling act on his hands, balancing his “DWTS” rehearsals with filming in Tennessee. He still managed to find time for some fun and sightseeing in the legendary city. “Bethany [Mota] was actually in Nashville with me for awhile and we were
rehearsing. I also met up with Gavin DeGraw and we went down Broadway. I love
Nashville. It’s such a great city and great people,” he says.

Fans of Hough’s dancing skills don’t need to worry about the pro leaving the ballroom or stepping behind the judges table anytime soon. Hough says, “Maybe I’ll do something like that down the road, but I’ve still got a lot more dance in me.”

“Nashville” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Posted by:Sarah Huggins