Joseph Baena is preparing for a different competition…
The 24-year-old half-Guatemalan American bodybuilder and realtor, the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger, is expected to compete on the 31st season of Dancing with the Stars on Disney+.
Like his pop, Baena is an Olympic lifter. He also works as a real estate agent and would like to act, apparently.
Earlier this year, he told Men’s Health that he and his famous dad found common ground over fitness, and that Schwarzenegger gave him The Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding (which he coauthored) to help with his training.
“Even though I could call him anytime, I was too proud,” Baena told the magazine. His mom is Schwarzenegger’s former housekeeper, Mildred Baena. “My dad is old school, he doesn’t believe in handouts. He believes hard work pays off, and so do I. I love the word honor, and I’m very prideful in the sense that if I use my dad’s contacts or ask him for favors, I wonder what honor is that gonna bring me?”
An ABC spokesperson declined comment.
DWTS will stream on Disney+ beginning September 19.