“Little Women: LA” star Terra Jolé admitted in a new interview that she was a little scared about joining the Season 23 cast of “Dancing With the Stars.” The Lifetime reality star and mom of two contributed her fears to hitting the ballroom floor so soon after giving birth to her son, Grayson.
“I was actually scared when we first started, petrified is probably a better word because it was only three weeks out of my C-section, and I had to get a doctor’s approval just to be able to do the show,” she told Us Weekly following Monday’s show. “It was definitely scary. Most people aren’t allowed to do heavy exercising or even take a bath until six weeks after.”
She continued: “So the fact that now not only am I dancing with Sasha [Farber], but I’m doing well. I feel like I’m my own biggest competitor in this world.”
Terra told the outlet that juggling being a second-time mom and rehearsing for the ABC show can be a little tiring. To help her get through her days, she relies on caffeine. “[It’s] my best friend! I need an IV of coffee on the regular,” she said.
Terra previously opened up about her decision to join the show, telling “Access Hollywood” that she wanted to prove to everyone that she could do it. The reality star is 4 feet 2 inches, and the first little person to compete on “Dancing With the Stars.”
“I feel like that everybody maybe thinks I’m not able to do these things,” she explained. “I want to show the world, I want to show America that I’m just handi-capable as anyone else.”
One person who is in awe of Terra is Farber. In an Instagram post last month the professional dancer gushed over how much Terra inspired him. “Words can’t express how proud I am of @terrajole she is working so hard,” he posted. “From the second I met Terra she has inspired me so much, I’m very lucky to have such an incredible partner.”
“Dancing With the Stars” Season 23 airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.