03:51 PM EDT 07/22/2015
Originally posted 04/16/2015 07:30AM
Rumer Willis may look perfectly poised and confident week after week on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, but that wasn't always the case for the eldest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.
"It was really hard," she tells PEOPLE of being relentlessly bullied online. "I would read that stuff and feel awful. I thought, 'I don't even get a chance?' "
After leaving college, Willis, now 26, was working part-time at a Marc Jacobs boutique, taking acting and voice lessons all while auditioning for film and TV roles, yet she was still judged for her looks and famous family.
"People still don't necessarily know that I work – they just have opinions," she explains.
Originally posted 04/15/2015 07:05AM
When it comes to what people think they know about Rumer Willis, she's the first to say it's usually pretty far from the truth.
Originally posted 04/14/2015 08:50AM
Rare family portrait!
Rumer Willis' mom, dad and sisters have been supporting her all season long on Dancing with the Stars. But on Monday night, they gathered for a quick Instagram photo together.
That's Rumer, 26, in the back, in her Ursula outfit from The Little Mermaid (it was Disney Night on the show), flanked by dad Bruce, 60, mom Demi Moore, 52 – and younger sisters Scout, 23, and Tallulah, 21, in the front.
Originally posted 04/14/2015 12:55AM
While an obvious plug to the show's parent company, Disney Night made for some of the most inventive routines yet – not to mention some of the most creative costumes yet (Prince Farming in a skirt! Rumer Willis in full-on purple body paint!).
Paying homage to Disney favorites both new and old, the stars channeled their favorite characters while animated support "joined them," appearing on-screen at home. A cute idea in theory, it usually just took attention away from the performance or was so fleeting it was easy to be forgotten.
The night got a slow start, but the final three stars of the night – Rumer, Riker Lynch and Nastia Liukin – hit the ballroom floor with sets to remember. Elsewhere, opener Suzanne Somers and Robert Herjavec, uh, Floundered.
Read on for the highlights of Dancing with the Stars' Disney Night.
Originally posted 04/10/2015 06:35PM
Oh, brotherly love.
Originally posted 04/07/2015 10:35AM
Often unfavorably compared to her "beautiful mom" Demi Moore and instead to her "masculine father" Bruce Willis, the actress was well aware of the things said about her in the press as she was growing up, as she revealed in a pre-taped segment.
"When you grow up with parents that are known worldwide and having so much attention from media and all of the tabloids magazines, it's really tough," said Willis, now 26. "When I was a teenager I was super awkward. I don't think I really felt comfortable in my body or with how I looked, and people were nasty."
Originally posted 04/06/2015 11:00PM
Routines themed around the Stars' most memorable years made for good video packages but not-so-inspired dances. I mean, how do you adequately pay homage to an IED attack?
Judge Len Goodman certainly wasn't in the mood for sob stories: the ol' boy was grumpy all night and didn't seem to like anybody, least of all Rumer Willis, who performed a brilliant waltz as a snub to all her early haters.
Then again, anybody can have a bad night in the ballroom. Witness: Michael Sam and Riker Lynch, who both found themselves in jeopardy by the end of Monday's episode.
Before you learn the guys' fate, check out a sampling of the performances from a night of memories (as well as a few moments we'd love to forget).
Originally posted 04/06/2015 12:55PM
On Monday's episode of Dancing with the Stars, the celebrities and their pros are told to choreograph a number inspired by their most memorial year.
"I've had the most personal growth I've ever had this year," says Willis, 26, in an exclusive clip of this week's rehearsal footage. "People are so ready to jump on anything you do and have an opinion on it."
Originally posted 03/30/2015 11:20PM
An interesting development occurred before everyone laced up their Danskins on Monday's Dancing with the Stars – Noah Galloway was fixing to dance with a prosthetic arm!
The Alabama native picked up a space-age prosthetic limb that "works through sensors in the sockets that touch what's remaining of my tricep and bicep," he told PEOPLE. Ultimately, the motivational speaker-cum-Kenneth Cole cologne pitch man left the prosthetic at home since the Argentine tango was no dance to try out a fancy new artificial limb.
Originally posted 03/25/2015 07:55PM
There's no doubt the Dancing with the Stars crew knows how to throw a party.
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