Picks and Pans Review: Dancing King

updated 08/23/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/23/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Meet the sexy new star of the Step Up series: Rick Malambri, 27

HIS DANCING DEBUT

I was in a mock beauty pageant in high school. For my talent I did a dance to Sisqo's "Thong Song"-I won!

HIS BUFF BOD

I'm in the best shape of my life. [For Step Up 3D] we trained 10 hours a day, six days a week. I was put on a strict protein diet, but I'm not going to lie: I cheated a lot.

HIS REAL-LIFE DANCE PARTNER

My wife's not a professional dancer, but she can shake it.

HIS GEEKY SIDE

I'm addicted to video games. I went to college for computer animation. I'm a huge nerd.

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