The All My Children actor who is also a war veteran recently told Ryan Seacrest on KIIS-FM that he saw taking part in the show as an opportunity to educate the public on what it really means to be beautiful, and on facial disfigurement, as well as what service men and women go through, after his injuries in Iraq.
Martinez sustained horrific injuries in 2003 while serving his country in Iraq when his Humvee was driven over a landmine. Burns covered more than 40% of his body and he will always carry the scars.
“33 surgeries…that’s the reason I’m so cute!” he apparently told his professional dance partner Karina Smirnoff the first time he met her.
Now, along with Rob Kardashian and Ricki Lake, he is considered to be a front runner for the Dancing With The Stars 2011 glitter ball trophy. But he plays that down.
“You know what? We’re having fun and a good time. I just like to have fun and be positive and silly and go with it, and the cool thing is Karina is the same way.”
It’s obvious the two get on well as Smirnoff chimed in,
“Minus the silly!”
Last week on Dancing With The Stars, Martinez and Smirnoff scored 27 out of a possible 30 points for their foxtrot performed to the theme from Pink Panther as part of movie week.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC.