Despite its challenges, 2020 has been a busy year for actor (and now dancer) Jesse Metcalfe. Before embarking on his recent Dancing with the Stars journey, the star of Hallmark Channel's Chesapeake Shores (recently renewed for a fifth season) and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries fixture was hard at work on the latest installment of his Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries movies Ships in the Night (working title). Now that he’s out of the competition, it’s back to his day job (pictured below). "There’s definitely more HM&M in my future," he told MediaVillage of returning to the network following his DWTS elimination this week during '80s night. "I produce and star in [that] series of films. We’re contracted to do eight of them, and we just finished the third. I might be getting right back to that, or it may be something else, but I'll definitely be working for years out."
During our interview Metcalfe revealed the reason behind his decision to do the 29th season of DWTS. "I've always wanted to be on stage," he said. "That was kind of the goal from the jump. I never did a play in high school. I've never done a play in my professional acting career. Hopefully, some people saw me out there and thought, 'Hey this guy has the potential to possibly do something like that; to do some musical theater or do a dance-based film.' I'm totally open to that."
Despite being eliminated during the fifth week of the competition, Metcalfe left the show proud of what he achieved. In fact, he admitted to surprising himself. "I'm a person that really goes after things," he revealed. "I knew this would be an incredible challenge, but I have a really strong work ethic that was instilled in me at a very young age. It's carried me far in life, and far in my career. I thought it would carry me far in this competition.
"I'm proud of what I showed on the show," he continued. "I loved the challenge and knew dance was going to be difficult for me with zero experience and the state of my body at 41 years of age. I knew there were going to be some challenges. I'm happy I made it as far as I did, but I think I had a lot more to give as far as potential is concerned.
"I got to show more of myself," he added with a smile. "I felt I was very authentic, and I had a lot of fun with it. I mean the journey comes to an end, and I'm okay with that as I'll miss this experience. One day I said to (pro-partner) Sharna (Burgess, pictured at top), 'There's got to be like a DWTS come-down,' because it's just a wild emotional ride. It really is all-consuming. When you're [here] you're not doing anything else but DWTS with the rehearsals, the physical recovery, the interviews and all the video packages they shoot. I mean it's a full-time job. But it was an incredible experience and it was surprisingly rewarding."
The actor may even have found a new leading lady for his next project in Sharna. "I could probably make that happen," he said. Metcalfe also formed a fast friendship with fellow competitor Vernon Davis, who is also eager to work with the actor. Davis’ production company has a slate of movies set for 2021. "I have a soundstage in Fitzgerald, GA," the former footballer explained. "It's coming together and I'm actually working on a musical right now, so it could be good to bring Jesse in and some of the other stars here. That would be great!"
Dancing with the Starsis telecast Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC. The third installment of the Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries series is slated for a 2021 release on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
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