TERRA OPENS UP

Terra Jolé talks DWTS, moth­er­hood and more.

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Terra Jolé hasn’t let her 4-foot2 stature stop her from find­ing love (with hus­band Joe Gnoffo), hav­ing kids (Pene­lope, 19 months, and Grayson, 2 months), be­com­ing a re­al­ity TV star ( Lit­tle Women: LA and its spin-off, Lit­tle Women: Terra’s Lit­tle Family) and now hoof­ing it with part­ner Sasha Far­ber on Danc­ing With the Stars. “I re­ally try not to let my outer shell get in the way of what I want to do in life,” Terra tells In Touch. “Do­ing this show is an ex­am­ple of tak­ing things to the next level.” Here, the 36-year-old opens up about the chal­lenges of DWTS, her fu­ture baby plans and her most cringe­wor­thy celeb en­counter. How does it feel to be on the dance floor with the world watch­ing? TJ: It feels like a roller coaster. We’re go­ing down the hill, and I’m just hang­ing on tight.

When you get frus­trated on DWTS, how do you han­dle that? TJ: I cry in the corner! No, I’m just kid­ding.

Hey, some peo­ple re­ally do han­dle it that way! TJ: I think ev­ery­body has at least one bad day ev­ery week. You just have to suck it up.

Does the height dif­fer­ence be­tween you and Sasha [who is 5-foot-7] make it ex­tra chal­leng­ing? TJ: If moves don’t work for me, most of the time Sasha changes them. He’s a great, sup­port­ive part­ner. You’re the first lit­tle per­son to com­pete on the show. Do you feel pres­sure? TJ: I do. I want to be a pos­i­tive role model for peo­ple who feel like they aren’t able to do things in their lives. I mean, there’s a lit­tle per­son on the show! That’s not some­thing peo­ple nor­mally see.

You must be re­ally proud of your­self. TJ: I was very proud the mo­ment I be­came a part of DWTS. And now I’m just try­ing to im­prove as a dancer and try­ing to im­prove as Terra.

How is moth­er­hood treat­ing you? TJ: It’s an ex­pe­ri­ence I could never put into words. I just wish I could see my ba­bies a lit­tle bit more. But not un­til the end of Novem­ber.

Do you have a time line for more ba­bies? TJ: I have no time line. Let’s wait un­til th­ese two are out of di­a­pers! ◼

DANCE FEVER “I just try and give 100 per­cent ev­ery day,” says Terra (with her DWTS pro part­ner, Sasha Far­ber).

HER LOVES Terra and hus­band Joe wel­comed son Grayson (pic­tured at right with big sis­ter Pene­lope), on Aug. 1.

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