The 27-year-old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore has just wrapped her first eight-show week starring as Roxie Hart in “Chicago” on Broadway, and, not surprisingly, she’s feeling a bit bedraggled.
(“She’s really tired,” her roommate and business partner, Tye Blue, whispers in a cute, protective-best-friend way before we sit down to chat.) Not that Rumer herself is complaining.
It’s so messed up.” Through “DWTS” and on social media, Rumer says she’s glad to get to tell her own story, including the new chapter as a (temporary) New Yorker, instead of starring in the narrative the press has created for her.
With her, it’s clear that what you see is truly what you get.
A recent Instagram: “The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think.” Fans, for their part, have been drawn to her authenticity.
“It’s totally fine to be a private person, but I think it’s the biggest mistake you can make if you’re a public figure to try and act like you’re something that you’re not. With ‘DWTS,’ I really wanted to learn to dance, but I also loved having an opportunity to control the narrative of what people saw of me.
If you’re not giving it everything you have, you’re missing the point.
People are coming to watch and to be entertained.” Rumer’s stage debut comes after she sustainined a stress fracture that twice delayed her start date in the demanding role. Her ultra-professional values are not surprising, considering that she’s been entertaining audiences since the age of 8, when she made her big screen debut in Demi’s movie “Striptease.” From there, she’s dabbled in movies (“The House Bunny”), TV (“Pretty Little Liars”) and music (she’s working on an album with 4 Non Blondes singer-turned-producer Linda Perry).He’d be like, ‘How much better will you feel tomorrow knowing you did the dance one more time and perfected it?’ He always says, ‘Earn your sleep.’ And that’s how I want to go about my life now.“Obviously when you do a show like that, if two people are single, everyone asks,” she says.“But honestly, if you date someone during that show, you’d probably lose your mind.But it wasn’t until “Dancing With the Stars,” where she and partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy won the coveted championship mirror ball trophy in May 2015, that she finally made a name for herself — proving once and for all that she was more than just “the daughter of.” Week after week on “DWTS,” Rumer openly discussed her struggles with bullying, body image and growing up in the public eye, waltzing and sambaing her way into the hearts of viewers — and celebs, like Gwyneth Paltrow, Miley Cyrus, Rachel Zoe, Sofía Vergara and Demi’s ex Ashton Kutcher, all of whom tweeted messages of encouragement.