‘DWTS’ Melissa Gilbert on Maksim Chmerkovskiy: ‘There Are Very Few Bodily Fluids We Have Not Exchanged’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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“It was an actual concussion,” swears Melissa Gilbert, the Dancing with the Stars contestant who took a nasty spill two weeks ago and ended up in the hospital overnight. “It was not fun. I was so dazed. At first I wasn’t sure what the hell was going on. I just knew that my head hurt.”

The former Little House on the Prairie star, who will forever be known as Half-Pint, is paired with the infamously outspoken Maksim Chmerkovskiy and the two seem to be getting along swimmingly as she is giving it back as good as he dishes it out.

“The key with Maks is not to take it personally,” she explains. “He’s a perfectionist. Our rehearsals are long and arduous and difficult but
everyone’s are. Maks is more publicly vocal than anybody else. But by week five everybody was ready to kill their pros and the pros were ready to kill their celebrities.”

This week the pair will be performing a waltz and Melissa says that when they rehearsed it a second time the experience was, “almost indescribable. It was perfect. Our bodies were moving at the same time, our breath was coming at the same time. It was really magical.” 

So ahem, did the magic continue?

“Yeah that’s the instant assumption. But it does not exist between the two of us.” Although she does see how easy it is for couples to hook up on the show.

“It’s very intimate and we’re on each other literally all day. There are very few bodily fluids we have not exchanged,” Melissa says giggling. “And he’s there with me designing the costumes, lifting my boobs out of the way and asking me things like, ‘Will I wear bootie shorts?’ I guess in other worlds that would translate to two people sleeping together.”