Rumer Willis has fans in her parents, actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. The “Dancing With the Stars” contestant might have earned only a 35/40 from the judges for her campy Jive routine during Season 20’s “Era Night” Monday, but the 26-year-old performer received a perfect score from her famous folks, who were sitting in the crowd during Week 7 of the competition.
"It is thrilling! I am so proud of her and excited for people to be seeing what I have seen since she was a little girl. She is incredibly talented, and I love seeing her light shine!" Demi gushed to Us Weekly about her eldest daughter. (She and Bruce have two other daughters: Scout, 23, and Tallulah, 21.)
Rumer and dancing partner Val Chmerkovskiy have done so well this season that they've been dubbed the pair most likely to win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. And we can’t argue with that. From their fantastic Foxtrot in Week 1 to their brilliantly villainous Samba routine during “Disney Night,” these two have proven themselves as the couple to beat throughout the 20th installment of the hit ABC series -- and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
The “Die Hard” actor praised his daughter during her “Eras Night” rehearsals for all the sweat and tears she’s poured into the competition. The 60-year-old action star even admitted to getting misty-eyed thinking about how far his daughter has come. "I love seeing her happy like that," Bruce said. "Keep doing what you are doing. You guys are doing great."
"To have him look at me and say, 'Wow, I am so impressed by the amount of work that you are putting in,' is very validating," Rumer said.
But it wasn’t always perfect scores and applause for this dancing diva. Rumer admitted on the show that she used to be bullied for her looks, which inevitably lead to an “unhappy existence.”
"I was just so insecure with who I was that I kept trying to change myself to fit into what I thought everyone wanted," she told Us Weekly.
Demi, 52, added that it was excruciating to watch her daughter suffer at the hands of tormenters. "The tabloid bullying all three of my children have experienced, especially in their teens, has truly been painful," the “Ghost” actress revealed. "No child should be subjected to that type of judgment or criticism, especially based on their looks... As a parent, all you can do is love them and keep loving them until they love themselves."
It looks like Rumer is finally loving the skin she’s in -- especially when she’s rocking the ballroom floor!
Viewers can watch Rumer and Val compete in Season 20 of “Dancing with the Stars” Mondays at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.