J.R. Martinez Talks Baby Names, Parenting & Advice for Valentine’s Day

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J.R. Martinez capped off an incredible year last November when he was crowned the winner of Dancing With the Stars season 13, beating out a list of competitors that included Rob Kardashian, Ricki Lake and Kristin Cavallari.

Now, with a baby girl on the way, J.R. is poised to have an even bigger year in 2012. But just how ready is he to become a father?

“I’m nervous, of course, because there’s so much to learn, and it can be overwhelming,” he told Celebuzz in an exclusive interview. “But at the same time, I’m excited to be able to learn all of that and to be a father and pass down the things that I’ve been able to learn in my life. I’m absolutely looking forward to it. It’s exciting.”

As for whether or not he’ll be a strict parent, J.R. confessed, “I’m a softie. Behind this tough look and everything that I have, I’m a softie. I’m gonna try to stay grounded and try to stay strong and put my foot down. Hopefully, she’ll take me seriously.”

In the meantime, J.R. said that he and girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones haven’t decided yet on what to name their daughter.

“We’re still tossing [names] around. We don’t have anything yet that’s solid or in place yet. We’ll see what we come up with.”

J.R. met his longtime girlfriend in 2008 when he won a role on the ABC soap All My Children. As they prepare to welcome their first child together, J.R. says he’s also gearing up for Valentine’s Day.

“I’ve got some things that I’ve got planned. [Diana] doesn’t know about [them] yet,” he said.

But while he didn’t go into full details, he did offer some advice for what guys can do on the year’s most romantic holiday.

“Do something!” he quipped. “And don’t be all, that’s too sentimental, that’s too feminine. Do something for your beautiful lady. Allow her to feel appreciated on this day. Allow her to understand and know how important she is to you. And if you do that, trust me: You get brownie points to be able to go away with the guys and watch the game or something. It works! It’s been proven before.”

An Iraqi War veteran, J.R. overcame tragedy after an IED explosion left 40 percent of his body burned in 2003. Today, he’s teamed with the non-profit organization The Phoenix Society to raise awareness for other burn victims. He was also named one of PEOPLE’s Sexiest Men Alive last November, an honor he wears proudly.

“It just shows, as a burn survivor, I was able to go out into the entertainment world and show the world a completely different type of sexy, so to speak. Despite the burns that you have on your body, despite the scars that you have on your body, you are still a beautiful person, you are still a handsome person. It all goes down from deeper than that burn can ever reach.”

Of course, given how busy J.R. is today, we had to ask: Does he keep up with his dancing? In a word, no.

“I tell people, my Latin shoes are kind of retired for now … I’m danced out right now, not only physically, but mentally, too.”

At the very least, he’ll always have his Mirrorball Trophy.

“I actually keep mine at home right above the fireplace,” he told us. “But if you ask everybody that I’ve met in my travels, they think that I have it in my back pocket.”

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