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Derek Hough is an accomplished guy. He's lead a record six celebrity partners to victory on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, and now, he's showing off some acting chops. You can catch Derek in the all new season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series on Disney+!

Derek is playing a rival theater teacher (and old flame) who knows exactly how to get under Miss Jen's skin. Derek talked with us about working on the set:

"I love shows that are just entertaining, and enjoyable to watch, and have great music, and dancing, yeah. It's just a lot of fun to be a part of, and sorry my guy [Derek's cat pops in the background] is making a little appearance here"

Despite having one of the more successful adulthoods you could ask for, Derek had a tough time as a kid finding a school where he belonged.

"I was bouncing around schools all the time, because I was getting, you know, bullied or beaten up or just didn't vibe. I just didn't have a great experience to be honest with you, and I eventually went to a school that was more performing arts, you know. Where it was celebrated to be a dancer, celebrated to do performing arts, I really thrived, I found my community, my place where I belong.

This may be his first acting role, but Hough is no stranger to the world of Disney, performing for multiple specials. And, of course, he's a mainstay on Dancing With the Stars, where Derek will be returning next season!

"I'll be back for season 30, which, can you believe it? Season 30? Like, what a milestone."

Until then, catch Derek on Disney+ sporting some of that Wildcat spirit!

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