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Cheryl Burke Recalls Teaching Charlie Sheen to Dance for 'One Day' Before Realizing His “DWTS” Casting Was a 'Hard No'

"He judged himself right away, He was like, 'I suck at this,'" Burke recalled of briefly training Sheen

<p>Monica Schipper/Getty; Jerod Harris/Getty</p> Cheryl Burke and Charlie Sheen

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Cheryl Burke and Charlie Sheen

Cheryl Burke is looking back on her one and only dance lesson with Charlie Sheen.

On the latest episode of her podcast Sex, Lies and Spray Tans, the professional dancer, 39, revealed that she taught the Two and a Half Men star, 58, some moves when he was considering competing on Dancing with the Stars.

Burke surprised her guest Denise Richards, who is Sheen’s ex-wife, by admitting, “Fun fact: I danced with Charlie for one day.”

Christopher Willard/abc Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke on "Dancing with the Stars"
Christopher Willard/abc Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke on "Dancing with the Stars"

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Burke recalled being asked by the show’s casting director Deena Katz to train a potential celebrity contestant.

“She was like, ‘Look, we have someone who is a huge name and his team wants you to train him,’” Burke explained. “I said, ‘Are you sure?’ Because if I’m trying to convince someone to do the show, I might not be the person. Because I hate lying. I just don’t want to lie [about] how the process is.”

The television personality admitted the show is a large undertaking, explaining, “It’s beautiful, but it’s freakin’ a lot of work. I’m not even going to deny that. There’s a lot of press, there’s a lot of interviews.”

Eric McCandless /ABC via Getty AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke on "Dancing with the Stars"
Eric McCandless /ABC via Getty AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke on "Dancing with the Stars"

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Burke remembered meeting Sheen at the Dancing with the Stars rehearsal studio.

“I taught him a few steps,” she noted of the star, who has struggled with a drug and alcohol addiction. “I’m sober now for almost six years and I just had a lot of compassion for him. He seemed so cool. We had so much fun.”

However, she recalled Sheen “asking me questions” about the show’s intensity, adding, “He asked me, ‘How many interviews do we have to do? Do we have to go and do press?’ And I told him, ‘Yeah, we do.’ We’re going to do GMA. Like we’re going to do Good Morning America.”

<p>Corine Solberg/Getty </p> Cheryl Burke attends the United Ukrainian Ballet performance of "Giselle" at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts on June 29, 2023 in Costa Mesa, California.

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Cheryl Burke attends the United Ukrainian Ballet performance of "Giselle" at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts on June 29, 2023 in Costa Mesa, California.

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Burke revealed Sheen was skeptical of his ability to perform on the show, sharing, “He judged himself right away, He was like, ‘I suck at this.’ I’m like, ‘No, this is just the first few steps.’ I taught him a waltz or something. We talked more than we danced, to be honest.”

She still believed that Sheen could be “a great candidate” for the ABC dance competition but Richards, 53, said he would be a tough sell.

“He doesn’t like to work out,” she shared. “There’s a lot of physical activity with dancing... It would be a great challenge for him and something that he should do, but he doesn’t like to sweat.”

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Burke remembered Sheen as “really sweet and kind and humble,” adding, “He was grateful. But I knew as soon as we were finished that it was probably going to be a hard ‘no.’”

Sheen previously opened up about being offered the opportunity to join DWTS. "I was very flattered by ABC and their offer," Sheen told Us Weekly in 2019. "But at the end of the day, I have two left feet and I just can't dance."

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