EXCLUSIVE: Laurie Hernandez Calls 'Dancing With the Stars' 'One of the High Points' in Her Life

Alex Ungerman

Laurie Hernandez is taking a well-deserved break from dancing!

The Olympic gold medal gymnast and her Dancing With the Stars partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, took a break from the routines to attend the Los Angeles premiere of CBS Films' Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life on Wednesday, where she opened up to ET's Denny Directo about her experience in going for the mirror ball trophy after going for gold earlier this year.

"Even just before the Olympics, I was always watching [DWTS]," the 16-year-old athlete shared. "I found out I was going to be on the show, and I was freaking out, called my parents and now I'm here."

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"It's definitely one of the high points of my life besides the Olympics," she added.

And just like in Rio, Hernandez has been crushing it on Dancing, after becoming the first contestant this season to earn a perfect score from the judges.

"I forced her to take today off. I was, like, this is it," Chmerkovskiy said. "She deserves it."

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"I still can't believe it," Hernandez shared of her spectacular routine. It's amazing because we train so hard for it and we only had three days to prepare for it. I'm just excited that it worked out."

Meanwhile, given the fact that it was the premiere of Middle School, the Olympian was naturally asked about her own scholastic experience, which she acknowledged has been a little less average.

"I've been homeschooled, so I'm kind of curious to see what it's actually like," she said of seeing the film.

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But some experiences growing up are universal, and Hernandez revealed that she was pretty awkward at that time in her life!

"Braces, pimples and just an awkward swag that I thought was cool at the time," she shared. "So you're basically delusional the whole time throughout middle school. Lot of regrets in middle school."

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Well, as far as we're concerned, Laurie, you're getting perfect scores all around!

Watch the video below to see Hernandez's amazing DWTS moment.

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