After spending four years at Anthony Meindl's Actors Workshop, Bono says he got more confident and enjoyed acting again."It was like all the passion I had when I was young -- it just kind of came back.It never went away, it just got buried," Bono said.Despite his legendary showbiz roots, Bono is pretty reserved.Though he opened up to the world about his transition from female to male in the Emmy-nominated documentary "Becoming Chaz," dancing in front of millions almost feels more intimate.Filmed two years ago, "Dirty" finally premiered at Cannes this year.Bono, who started pursuing acting professionally four years ago, has wanted to be an actor since he was a young child -- but he chose a different path, becoming a motivational speaker and authoring several books.
Meanwhile, he and professional partner Lacey Schwimmer are too focused on their cha-cha to listen to all the chatter and they're confident that once the show begins, the controversy will fade as quickly as the requisite spray tans. My heart is in the right place and I think if people just watch, they'll see that." Though his casting on "Dancing" makes him the most visible transgender person in America, he doesn't feel pressure to make any kind of statement. "That's the statement that I'd like to make: that I'm an okay dancer."I feel like if people who are on the fence just watch the show, I think they're going to feel comfortable with me pretty soon," said Bono, wearing double knee braces under his long basketball shorts. That's about it." "I just hope people understand that he's just like everybody else and he's here on a dancing show to shake his groove thing," said Schwimmer, Bono's instructor and partner.Coaxing out Bono's inner groove thing, however, isn't always easy, she said."And it just became very clear to me that I need to do what I need to do in order to make this my career for the rest of my life for as long as I can do it."See photos of Chaz Bono through the years: WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Chaz Bono arrives at the premiere of Focus Features' 'The Danish Girl' at Westwood Village Theatre on November 21, 2015 in Westwood, California.(Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Film Magic)American pop singing duo Sonny & Cher with their daughter Chastity (later Chaz), circa 1973."It's completely different because I've never done this before," he said.