Maureen McCormick has come a long way.
From playing Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch to battling addiction, an eating disorder and mental illness to competing on the current season of Dancing With the Stars, McCormick isn’t too shy to open up about the epic journey her life has been.
“I’ve been through almost everything you can go through — bulimia, cocaine abuse, depression, anxiety — but I’m a fighter,” she told Closer Weekly. “It’s been a roller-coaster, but today I have never felt better in my life.”
McCormick, who says she has been a fan of DWTS since its early seasons, never envisioned herself actually competing for the Mirror Ball trophy, mostly because she was sure she’d be too nervous — she actually froze up during her first dance at her wedding even though she and her husband had taken dance lessons to practice for the big day.
“I just thought it was way beyond my ability,” she explained. But as she progresses on the show, she’s getting more confident and loving every minute of it, she says.
“I’m being pushed harder than I have in years,” McCormick said. “I love it. I love to give 100 percent.”
Despite injuring her back early on in the season, McCormick is still in it, and she’s got her eye on the prize. But more than anything, her success on the show is reminding her of how far she’s come, from addiction and depression to successfully competing. Marcia Brady would approve, she says.
“Are you kidding me? Marcia Brady would have been in heaven on DWTS!” she adds.
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