Laurie Hernandez is so excited about American Girl‘s latest special and so are we!
The 16-year-old Olympic gymnast stepped out to support An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance on Monday (March 20) at the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics and JJJ was there to get the exclusive scoop.
Laurie was joined by the movie’s stars Nina Lu and Hannah Nordberg as they chatted about the upcoming special which centers around gymnastics, friends and family in San Francisco in 1976.
During the event, we had the trio take over our Instagram story and Laurie even shared some gymnastics tips with us!
Check out our entire Instagram takeover below…
American Girl Ivy & Julie Cast Instagram Takeover With Laurie Hernandez
An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance airs Friday, March 24 on Amazon Prime Video.
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The Olympic gymnast revealed this little tidbit just after being revealed as one of the new cast members on Dancing With The Stars.
“I think just generally dancing in heels and dancing with a partner because I’ve never experienced that before,’ Simoneshared about what she was most nervous about. “[Sasha Farber] is the first guy I’ve danced with.”
But she shouldn’t be worried at all. We mean, he just placed 5th with Terra Jole in season 23.
The reigning champion, while promoting her new book, opened up about continuing to dance on the road with partner Val Chmerkovskiy on the tour and possibly coming back to the show for a guest judging appearance.
“[After] being on the show, I know everything that goes on behind the scenes – it gives you such a big appreciation for all the pros and everything that goes into it,” she shared.
As for that judging opp? “That would be really cool! Yes, please! I would love that.”
It wouldn’t be the first time a Dancing With The Stars contestant or pro has returned to guest judge — Redfoo guest judged and joined the following season while Zendaya also came back after placing 2nd in the 16th season.
Laurie is also pictured below during her appearance on The Chew on Friday (January 27) in NYC.
During her appearance on Ellen, which airs today (January 12th — check your local listings), the reigning Dancing With The Stars champ got a major invite from the show’s stars Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T to guest star!
The invite was a total surprise by host Ellen DeGeneres, who put it all together after finding out the series was Laurie‘s absolute favorite to watch.
Check out the video below, and watch Laurie‘s interview today!