Kidnapped survivor Elizabeth Smart was revealed as Miss Moth on ‘The Masked Dancer’. HL spoke to Elizabeth with EXCLUSIVELY about why she did the show and how ‘nerve-breaking’ it was.
Elizabeth Smart Stepped out of his comfort zone with great ease when he decided to The masked dancer. The 33-year-old was unmasked as Miss Moth during the 13-year-old episode. Elizabeth made headlines when she was abducted in 2002 at the age of 14 Brian David Mitchell And Wanda Barzi. He was imprisoned for 9 months until he was rescued in 2003.
Since then, according to the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, Elizabeth has spent her life “ending the exploitation and exploitation of sexual assault through prevention, recovery and advocacy”. Hollywoodlife Talked about doing something completely different with this incredible woman The masked dancer, His connection to the panelist Ashley Tisdale, And his plan for 2021.
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Elizabeth Smart: So this is the way out of any comfort zone that I have ever done in my entire life. This is definitely nothing I have ever done before. But the inspiration behind saying yes was actually my grandmother. He has had a huge influence on my life. I did a study abroad program in London, and he came out and picked me up. We visited Spain later. I will never forget that he arranged for us to go to these small caves, where he was accompanied by a hill dancer. They were trying to get people from the audience to come up and dance, and my grandmother tried to pull me out. But I was not going. My sister would not go up but she got up and started dancing. And she was just my grandmother. She finally moved away from the people around that time, this past summer Masked dancer Asked me to participate. Initially, my first reaction was to just say no. But I was sitting at my grandmother’s funeral, and she was actually dancing when she fell down and broke her hips. After that, it was already a few weeks before we passed. As I sat at her funeral, I was crying like an absolute child, but I was also laughing very hard because she was just my grandmother. She meant a lot to me. When I was sitting at the funeral, I just thought, you know, I should do it. I live a very serious life. I work and have really devoted my life to an incredibly serious, serious cause. And it’s okay to have a little fun. It is okay to do something purely for enjoyment. Honestly, it was terrible. In fact, I can still feel the adrenaline running through me right now thinking that my finale will air. But I’m glad I did it, and my grandmother was the inspiration behind doing it.
You are no stranger to public speaking, but dancing on television is a completely different world. When you were on stage as Miss Moth, how was it for you?
Elizabeth Smart: It was terrible. It was exhilarating. It was nerve-racking. It was just a full spectrum of emotion. Because, of course, I want to do my best. I went along this way thinking that as long as I know that I do my best, I won’t feel bad. Whenever the time comes that I am finished, I think I did my best. I did not grow up dancing. I am not a dancer. I definitely reached far beyond my comfort zone. I am very proud of myself for doing this. I had a lot of fun and I had a chat with choreographers and my dance partner and everyone who was honestly so kind and so supportive. They made the experience such a great experience for me. I would walk away from it with nothing but good memories and good feelings.
The Miss Moth dress was so beautiful. What was it about the dress that stood out to you the most?
Elizabeth Smart: Honestly, they presented it to me and they said, what do you think about this? Back then it was a rough sketch of sorts. And I loved, sure, why not. But then when I actually saw the dress in real life, when I went for my first fitting, I was surprised. It was very beautiful, and it did not end there. After the first time, I thought that every time I saw it again, it honestly became more and more beautiful. I mean, even until the last day when I was dancing, they were still adding more crystals and more hands-on. I want everyone to come closer and see it so that they can truly appreciate all the talent and the time that went into making it. Obviously, none of that talent or time is mine because I didn’t make it. But the wardrobe team that faithfully created this masterpiece is so beautiful. I feel a lot of things in life when you get really close to inspection so you get a little disappointed. With this, there is no level of frustration. It only gets better.
The panelists produced a variety of names, but Brian Austin Green really guessed you. What was your reaction the moment you heard your name through his mouth?
Elizabeth Smart: I felt like a clue in the other show … I was like, wow, if it doesn’t hurt to say that her name starts with Elizabeth and her last name ends with Smart, I don’t know how many And there are clues or hints you can give. So I was not surprised when they said that I know who it is. Actually, I thought maybe Ashley [Tisdale] Must have guessed who i am because she was in High school music, Which was filmed in high school. He obviously spent a lot of time in Utah, so I remember initially if someone was going to let me guess that this was going to be his. But she was not. She was surprised. There was Brian who had me guessing, but I was not surprised when I finally guessed they were guessing me.
The masked dancer Filmed in 2020, which was one such crazy year. Now that we are in the new year, what are your plans? You do an incredibly important act of advocacy on behalf of the survivors, and you had Finding justice Last year special, so do you have some things on the horizon?
Elizabeth Smart: Those are still efforts and goals that I plan to continue working on. I have my non-profit, the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, which I spend a lot of time working on. We have some new initiatives which we will complete this year. Among the initiatives that we actually started at the end of last year and will always be our We Believe You campaign, and she is probably one of the people who are closest and dearest to my heart. I have spoken extensively around the United States. I have been to every state. I have met victims and survivors around the world. And without a doubt, the number one comment I get is that no one believes me. This campaign is very special to me because we want to change how we react and how we treat our victims and our survivors. I want them to know that there are people who care about them and who will believe in them and who will support them. Honestly, a blessing of working in this field is that I am able to meet the kind people who sacrifice their lives to try honestly and make a difference. I am trying to help the survivors. This is not an easy subject to talk about. Getting back to work every single day is not an easy subject. This is very difficult, so people who keep doing it are able to meet those who decided to do so, perhaps because they did not have personal experience, but simply because they are good people. this is so amazing. The We Believe You campaign is very special for me personally. I just hope that as this year we keep pushing it forward and try to grow it that we are truly capable of promoting education and change. Whatever dark things we see in this world, I feel that it helps me to look good too.