Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Son Joseph Baena Joins Dancing with the Stars


Joseph Baena, who’s a spitting image of his dad, will reportedly appear on the next season of Dancing with the Stars on Disney+.

Aspiring Hollywood star Joseph Baena has reportedly landed a spot as a contestant on the next season of Dancing with the Stars. Per Deadline, Baena, the son of veteran actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, will appear in the show’s 31st season. The new season marks the first of the series to premiere on its new home at Disney+ after making the move from network television.

A chip off the old block, Baena just so happens to look a lot like his father, and in some ways, he’s been following in his footsteps. Baena is an Olympic lifter and has been pursuing a career in acting. Despite the connection to his famous father, however, Baena prefers not to adopt the Schwarzenegger surname for his career, feeling that he wants to honor his mother while proving himself as a performer without using his dad’s name.

“Well, I already have a last name, and I don’t have a problem with my last name. I like my last name,” Baena previously told Inside Edition. “My career path is really just my own… My mom is one of my main motivators, and seeing her and how she works so hard, I want to make her proud.”

Still hoping to make his dad proud, even without using the same last name, Baena added, “Same with my father. What he made of himself from nothing. I mean, both of my parents are immigrants that kind of created something out of nothing. So, seeing them, it’s been a huge inspiration, and I want to make them proud. I want to make myself proud.”

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