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EXCLUSIVE: Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Aiming to 'Shock' and 'Go Out With a Bang' in 'DWTS' Debut

by Sophie Schillaci 3:57 PM PDT, September 06, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Aiming to 'Shock' and 'Go Out With a Bang' in 'DWTS' Debut

Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are ready to hit the dance floor running.

The Dancing With the Stars duo opened up to ET about how they plan to blow away the competition in the upcoming 23rd season, debuting Sept. 12 on ABC.

"I want us to go out with a bang and do that first performance the way that kind of shocks people a little bit," Maks said ahead of rehearsal on Friday in Burbank, California. This marks his first return to the series since season 18 in 2014, when he nabbed the coveted mirror ball trophy with partner Meryl Davis.

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"I have done this 14 times and was successful at one point or another," he said. "[After] taking a break, I feel like I am just having fun with this as opposed to treating it like a job."

But it's not all fun and games as Maks and Amber gear up for their big ballroom debut. With only a few weeks to prepare, Amber has already impressed her partner with a killer work ethic.

"It's all really hard, and she gives me 100 percent of her time," he said. "I never get, 'Oh, let me sit down, my feet hurt' or whatever. That's amazing and, you know, she is a worker. ... We are doing great!"

For her part, Amber seems to be happy soaking in all of Maks' dancing expertise, calling him "fun," "silly," and "professional."

"I am none of those things," Maks quipped back, joking: "[She's] ruining my reputation already."

"He knows what he's doing, and that's really important. I kind of just listen to him and I always say, 'Yes, sir,' 'No, sir,'" she added with a laugh. "But he's awesome. He makes me feel like I can do it."

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The adorable pair seem to also be bonding over their roles as parents! Maks is expecting his first child with his fiancee, fellow DTWS pro Peta Murgatroyd, while Amber shares 3-year-old son Sebastian with her ex-husband, Wiz Khalifa.

"[Amber] has a lot of advice... every day," Maks laughed, with Amber chiming in: "I gave Peta some shea butter yesterday!"

"I am experiencing through Peta and I am just basically on a 'Whatever you need' sort of basis," he said. "I think that's our role, you know? What women go through during pregnancy is unreal and when you have that experience, you get it. My friend Tony Dovolani has three kids and every time I would criticize him for something, he would be like, 'Just wait.' And so here I am, and I am literally doing exactly the same things I was laughing at him for."

Amber, meanwhile, is holding down the fort with several jobs, including her eponymous VH1 talk show, a new gig hosting the Loveline With Amber Rose podcast, and planning her second annual SlutWalk in Los Angeles. Thankfully, she said, Wiz is happily helping out with their baby boy while she prepares for DWTS.

"My ex-husband is off tour now, so it kind of worked out perfectly," she said. "He can have the baby a little more and give me a little more time to rest."

And, yes, both Wiz and Sebastian will be rooting for Muva from the DWTS audience.

"Wiz is coming," she said of her cheering squad, "Sebastian, of course. My mom, my team. My cousins are already calling me, they'll come in from Philly to be in the audience."

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As for their greatest competition this season, Maks has his eye on his brother, Val Chmerkovskiy. 

"Off the bat, I would think Val and Laurie [Hernandez] are going to be great," he said. "[But] anybody can do amazing. It's about the time they put in and the personality."

When it comes to personality, Amber has that in spades! In honor of her upcoming Loveline podcast, ET put her to the test with a series of rapid-fire dating questions. See what Amber said about getting back at a cheater and the best pickup lines a girl can use in the player below.

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